natural dyed eggs

so about a year ago i did a video for my youtube channel natural dyed eggs vs. food coloring . i want to see what would work better , it was also my youngest daughters first easter and wanted her to have a natural dyed egg .just in case she put it in her mouth. i know everything goes in there mouths and she has had so many colds in the last month it’s unbelievable ,so let’s get started .

  • Start with hard-cooked (boiled) eggs and refrigerate until ready to use. Eggs that are too fresh are difficult to peel. The fresher the eggs, the harder it will be to peel them because the white membrane is just not mature enough. Hard boiling farm fresh eggs will invariably lead to eggs that are difficult to peel. Eggs need to be at least three (3) days old to peel well. Learn how to cook Perfect Boiled (hard-cooked) Eggs.
  • The longer you soak the eggs in the following dye liquids (of your choice), the more intense the colors will be.
  • If desired, before dyeing the eggs, draw shapes, pictures or inspiring words on them with crayons or a piece of wax. The wax won’t absorb the color so the designs will show through. Using a crayon, simply draw a design onto your eggs and then dye as you would any other Easter egg. Your crayon design will be accentuated by your choice of dye!
  • Rubber bands are all you need to make tie-dyed eggs. Use a collection of different sized rubber bands. Wrap the rubber bands, one at a time, around the eggs. Make sure to leave some of the egg shell exposed so it can be dyed.
  • Once the eggs are dyed to the color you like, remove them from the water and let them dry. Once dried completely, pull the rubber bands off to reveal your banded design.

How to make natural egg dyes:

Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.

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Pink

Ingredients

  • 4 cups red beets, rough chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart water

Directions

  1. Combine beets, vinegar, salt and 1 quart of water, bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain the beets and set liquid aside.
  3. Place hot liquid in a small saucepan, add the desired number of raw eggs and bring back to a boil.
  4. Cook for 12 minutes and then turn off heat and steep the eggs for another 20 minutes. Stir occasionally for more even color.

Yellow

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart water

Directions

  1. Combine the turmeric, vinegar, salt and water, bring to a boil, and then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  2. Once liquid has cooled, dip hard boiled eggs in solution. They will turn a light yellow very quick and will talk on a vivid hue if soaked overnight in the fridge.

Green

Ingredients

  • 6 cups spinach, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart water

Directions

  1. Combine the spinach, turmeric, vinegar, salt and water, bring to a boil, and then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain the spinach and set the liquid aside. Once the liquid has cooled, dip hard boiled eggs in the solution. They will turn a yellowish green after 30 minutes, and will take on a rich brownish-green if soaked overnight in the fridge.

Brown

Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. Combine the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, and set aside.
  2. Dip hard boiled eggs in the mixture. They will be light brown after 30 minutes, and will turn medium brown if soaked in the fridge overnight.

Blue

Ingredients

  • 4 cups purple cabbage leaves, rough chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart water

Directions

  1. Combine the cabbage, vinegar, salt and 1 quart of water, bring to a boil, and then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain the beets, and set the liquid aside.
  2. Once the liquid has cooled, dip hard boiled eggs in the solution. They will turn a light blue very quickly, and will turn dark blue if soaked overnight in the fridge.

For orange or violet, dip eggs in the beet solution for 30 minutes, drip dry, and then dip in either the yellow or blue dye until desired color is achieved.

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Natural Color Dye Chart:

Color Items to Dye with
Blue Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Brown or Beige Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
Brown or Gold Dill Seeds
Brown Orange Chili Powder
Gold Turmeric
Green Spinach Leaves (Boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Grey Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
Lavender Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
Orange Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Carrots
Paprika
Pink Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Red Pomegranate juice
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Raspberries
Cranberries
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Violet or Purple Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine
Yellow Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffron

leave me a comment if you tried dying your eggs this why this year and i would love to see a photo of how they turned out. i wish you a happy easter .

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