Dyeing Easter Eggs
The Natural Way!
Tiffany eGG by Alma Shon
This Easter, why not color your eggs using nature's very own dyes? It's possible to come up with a great number of colors using natural ingredients that can easily be found in almost any kitchen.
- 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
- Pale green: Spinach leaves
- Green-gold: Yellow Delicious apple peels
- Blue: Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves
- Beige to brown: Strong brewed coffee
To dye the perfect 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 vinegar.
- 3. Add the natural dye appropriate to the color you want your eggs to be. (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 substance you used to color the eggs. 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.
This page originally published as part of the electronic Gourmet Guide between 1994 and 1998.
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Modified August 2007