For Immediate Release: March 26, 2013

Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Start dying Easter Eggs--the Natural way!

Using nature's very own dyes it is possible to come up with a great number of colors.  Most ingredients are likely in any kitchen.

Color Instructions    
Red Save the skins from red onions and boil with the eggs for 1/2 to 1 hour. Remember the more skins you use and the longer you soak the darker the color will be. A smaller amount of skins will produce nice lavender.  
Pale Red Fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries  
Orange Yellow onion skins  
Light yellow Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seed or ground cumin  
Yellow Ground turmeric, add 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of tumeric and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar.  
Pale green Spinach leaves  
Green-gold Yellow Delicious apple peels; Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to a bowl of the water from  
Blue Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves  
Violet Blue Soak your hardboiled eggs overnight in hot water to with violet blossoms.  
Lavender Soak your hardboiled eggs in grape juice, or, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to the Violet Blue water to lighten the color.  
Beige to brown Strong brewed coffee. To a cup of hot water, add 1 Tablespoon of instant coffee, and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar.  
Golden Tan Add skins from yellow onions to the water when hard cooking the eggs.  

 

Instructions

To dye Easter eggs the natural way, here's what to do:

1. Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in pan until the eggs are covered.

2. Add about a teaspoon of  regular household vinegar.

3. Add the natural dye ingredients  appropriate to the color you want your eggs. (The more eggs you are dying at a time, the more dye you will need to use.)

4. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

5. Remove the solids, leaves or peels used to make the dye.  Put eggs in a bowl. If you want your eggs to be a darker shade, cover them with the dye and let them stand overnight in the refrigerator.

 

Pretty Pastels

Rub blueberries and cranberries right on the shells for soft blues and pink. Blend them for another look.

The more of the natural ingredient used and the longer the egg soaks (maybe even overnight) the darker the color will be.

REMEMBER SAFETY FIRST: Not all of these eggs will be safe to eat. Do not eat eggs that sit in hot water for many hours or overnight.  Save those eggs exclusively  for decorations.