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How To Dye Easter Eggs With Food-Based Ingredients

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Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Real Food-Based Ingredients

I loved Easter as a child! I still vividly remember the feeling of waking up to an Easter basket full of goodies that the Easter bunny brought, dyeing eggs, Easter egg hunts, and of course eating the Easter eggs that I found because I was hungry from all of the searching and playing. The smell of white vinegar although sour, it is a lovely reminder of those sweet childhood memories.

Although I do not have children of my own yet, I was still inspired to try dyeing Easter eggs using real food-based ingredients for my inner child. Also, practice makes perfect! I want to share with you what I did to create beautiful naturally colored eggs. It takes a bit more time and preparation, but I found it to be so much fun to see what colors would be extracted from the different fruits and vegetables that I used. Dyeing eggs this way was a real educational experience for me and I felt more connected with nature. After all, this is how people used to dye fabrics back in the day before synthetic dyes were created.

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Besides the educational aspects and the excitement of seeing what colors the eggs will turn. Another reason to try natural dyes is because while most Easter egg dye kits are boasted as non-toxic and even food-grade, FDA approved dyes are still made with toxins such as coal, tar, and other petroleum-based products. If I choose to buy free range organic eggs or vegan EggNots, then why would I want to buy these harsh dyes for myself or my family? By using natural and organic food-based ingredients the dyes are truly non-toxic and even prettier in my opinion because they reflect what nature offers us.

Natural Easter Egg Dye’s

FullSizeRender 14FullSizeRender 21Here are the colors that you can make using natural food-based ingredients:

Orange = yellow onion skins, paprika or chili powder

purple = red wine or grape juice

pink = beets, cranberries, red onion skins, or cherries

green = spinach

yellow = turmeric or saffron

blue = red cabbage or blueberry

beige/brown = coffee

There are two ways to dye Easter eggs naturally:

Cold Dye:  This is when you already cook the eggs and separately cook the dyes. Then you put the eggs in the dye after the dye has cooled to room temperature. This way of dyeing is more fun and safer to do with the kids. The colors are soft, subtle, and uneven but they look beautiful! Keep in mind that the longer the eggs sit in the dyes, the more vibrant the colors will become.

(This is the method that I used and I left the eggs in the dyes overnight in the refrigerator. It was really exciting to wake up the next day to see the colors of the eggs… it almost felt like Christmas morning! I think kids would enjoy this too 😉)

FullSizeRender 11Hot Dye: This is when you cook the eggs along with the natural dye ingredients all in the same pot. This allows the eggs to sit in the hot dye until your eggs have reached your desired color. This way of dyeing allows the color to penetrate the egg shells more deeply. The colors are brighter, more intense, and even; but they eggs may get overcooked.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped fruit/veggies or 2 tablespoons powdered spice from the list above (the more of each ingredient you use, the richer and more potent your dye will be)
  • 1 quart (4 cups) water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar (helps the dye adhere to the eggs)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

If using coffee as an ingredient, just use: 

  • 1 quart very strong black coffee, cooled
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

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  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a pot, bring them to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 to 30 minutes (the longer it simmers, the darker the color).
  2. Remove the dye from the heat and let cool completely.
  3. Strain the dye from the ingredients.
  4. Dye your hard-boiled eggs or EggNots.

Hot Dye Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a pot, bring them to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 to 30 minutes (the longer it simmers, the darker the color).
  2. Strain the dye from the ingredients.
  3. Bring the dye back to a boil and place raw eggs into the hot dye.
  4. Let them cook for 12 minutes and then turn off heat and steep the eggs for another 20 minutes or until your eggs have reached your desired color (stir occasionally for more even color).
  5. Remove the hard-boiled eggs from the hot dye and let cool completely.

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Color Blocked Eggs

If you want to get really creative, you can color block your eggs by dipping only a part of the eggs in the dye by using a shallow bowl or shot glass. You can even double dip them or tie a string around them to create lines and white space.

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Superfood Dyes

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Another way to dye your Easter eggs is by using powdered superfoods. I tried this out just for fun and I was pleasantly surprised by the results! Just follow the instructions above. Again, I left the eggs in the superfood dye overnight in the refrigerator and then I rinsed them with cold water after I took them out of the dye to get the excess powder off of the eggs. These were the results…

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Here are the Superfood Ingredients in powder form that I used from left to right: hibiscus, acai, spirulina, turmeric, activated charcoal, and matcha.

There is so much room for creativity and experimentation, so ultimately just have fun! There is no wrong or right way to dye Easter eggs naturally. I hope you will try this out with your children or for your inner child as well and Happy Easter ~

To see the natural dye’s in action you can watch this video:

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