How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs
Easter is a great time to express your creativity and to have fun with your kids while dying the eggs. If you're not a big fan of chemical dyes, you can use all natural ingredients like coffee, tea, onions, blueberries or cabbage. Check out these awesome tips and let the magic begin!
Dying the eggs with natural ingredients isn't much different than using chemical dyes. You need to boil the colorful ingredient, add some vinegar, place the eggs in the natural dye and wait. Some people boil the eggs before coloring them, others just boil them together with the dye. Whichever way you prefer it, the result will be just as great!
If you'd rather boil the eggs directly in the colorful water, follow these simple steps:
1. First, boil the coloring agent (coffee, tea, red onion skins, blueberries, red cabbage, turmeric, or beetroot).
2. When the water boils, wait for a few minutes then turn the heat down to the lowest point. To get an even color, you may want to strain the liquid before you add the eggs.
3. Add vinegar - 2, 3 tablespoons should to it.
4. Add the eggs - keep in mind that they need to be at room temperature, so they don't break.
5. Let them simmer in the colored water for 12- 30 minutes - depending on the shade you want to obtain.
6. Take the eggs out and let them cool. If the color isn't as intense as you hoped, put the eggs back in the pot and let them dye some more in the refrigerator until the desired color is reached.
1. Dye the eggs using coffee.
Make a strong coffee, enough to cover the eggs you want to color.
2. Dye the eggs using tea.
Here are the teas you can use:
Brown - black tea
Orange - saffron tea
Yellow - turmeric tea
Green - green tea + 1 tbsp culinary matcha
Blue - butterfly pea flower tea
Grey - hibiscus tea
For 3-4 eggs, you'll need 3 tea bags and 2 cups of water.
3. Dye the eggs with red onion skins.
For 10-12 eggs, you'll need the skins from 12 onions.
4. Dye the eggs with blueberries.
You can use whole fruits or blueberry juice. If you're going with the first option, after you boil the blackberries, strain the liquid before you add the eggs to get an even color.
5. Dye the eggs with red cabbage.
The red cabbage needs to be cooked a bit longer than the other ingredients, so you'll have to let it boil for 20 minutes before you add the eggs.
6. Dye the eggs with turmeric.
You'll need 5 heaping tablespoons of turmeric powder at 1 liter of water.
7. Dye the eggs with beet.
For one liter of water, you'll need about 6 medium beets. Like the cabbage, the beet will need a little more time to cook, so let it boil for 10-15 minutes before you add the eggs.