Easter is almost here! We put our own spin on the Easter tradition of dyeing eggs this year and used natural ingredients right from the test kitchen. Rather than store-bought kits, you can use kitchen staples like blueberries, cranberry juice, purple cabbage, and yellow onion—to name a few—to create a colorful dye.
Here is a list of some ingredients you can use that you most likely already have in your cabinets:
Purple Cabbage (makes blue eggs)
We started with a batch of hard-boiled eggs and then made different mixtures in glass bowls. You can use larger mason jars too if you’d like. You can mix any of the ingredients above with a water and vinegar mixture (1 tbsp of vinegar per each cup of water) and let them soak to start experimenting in your own kitchen. The longer they soak, the darker the eggs will become.
A general rule of thumb is to use 1 cup of a vegetable or fruit per 1 cup of water.
Or 2 tablespoons of a spice (like Tumeric) per cup of water.
And 1 bag of tea per cup of water.
Here are the general steps we followed when dyeing our eggs:
- To make your dye mixture, add dye ingredient + water and vinegar (using the ratios we mention above), bring to a boil
- Simmer for 15 to 30 minutes, covered.
- Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Strain the dye liquid, pour it back into the bowl
- Add your vinegar to the dye mixture
- Add your eggs
- Soak for the desired amount of time to reach the color you want.
- Dry your eggs carefully
We started out experimenting with yellow onion that gave the eggs a nice soft color:
After doing the steps above using cayenne pepper, tumeric, coffee, red cabbage, blueberries, we had ourselves a beautiful bowl of naturally dyed eggs!
Here are our finished eggs:
Aren’t they to dye for?
So, are you ready to start dyeing eggs? Let us know what you use from your own kitchen. Share your naturally dyed eggs on instagram with us using the hashtag #AtHomeEasterEggs.
Happy Easter, from our family to yours,
The At Home team