It’s happened! I’ve finally made you guys a how-to video on how to dye eggs naturally and I am so excited to share it. I really hope you enjoy it! Please let me know if you have any questions about dyes. I have also included a couple recipes I used below. Even if you don’t do easter eggs, I hope that these dye options may help you someday with any natural dyes you may need for baking. Spirulina, beets and turmeric make the most beautiful frosting colors!
If you are vegan, you HAVE to check out this ceramic egg…so cool! You can still dye them like regular eggs, but they can be keepsakes since they aren’t edible.
For the most part, you can remember the formula 4-4-1: 4 Tablespoons of a powder, 4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
When using food, I would steam, then add the egg after you take out the vegetable/fruit. That way you can use whatever you are making for dinners for the week, or puree it, freeze it in baggies and add it to your food when you need an extra nutritional kick! You can save yourself a step and use the vegetables in my lasagna! The more concentrated, the more vibrant the dye colors, so don’t be afraid to use a little extra vegetable or fruit. However, the more potent colored fruits/veggies, like fresh beets, you only need 1 beet to make a good 6 cups of dye. If you are using pickled beet juice, just dunk the eggs in the jar. 🙂
For kids, I would recommend sticking with colors they can mix and match to create a rainbow. For me, next year I think I might do tea-soaked eggs with designs from rubber bands! To create your primary colors to mix and match, use: 1/2 red cabbage, turmeric and beets.
This is what I used to make the video:
Gold: 2 tbsp tumeric, 6 cups water, 1 tbsp of vinegar
Orange: 4 tbsp paprika, 4 cups water, 1 tbsp vinegar
Purple: 2 cups grape juice, 2 cups water, 1 tbsp vinegar (balsamic would be fun here!)
Green: 2 tbsp spirulina, 4 cups water, 1 tbsp vinegar
Tan: 3 bags of Hibiscus Pomegranate White Tea, 4 cups water, 1 tbsp vinegar
Pink: I ran out of eggs and didn’t try this one, but I had planned on using cranberry juice. I’m sure it would be a great color pink! Make like the grape juice and let me know if it turns out.
Foodies, check out this awesome recipe for onion skins dye!