Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

11 Comments » | Posted by emily on Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

We got chickens this year, but unfortunately they are not quite old enough to lay us Easter eggs yet. They have definitely gotten big though, and Tony is getting the chicken coop ready for them to start their lives outside of the reptile tank within the next week. Tony has been substitute teaching for a middle school in town called The Farm lately, and they have a small store that sells locally grown food. He first came home with a package of duck eggs, which I thought were quite large, but then he showed up with goose eggs yesterday! They are huge! I haven’t mustered up the courage to eat one yet- I’m not even sure I could crack one open because the shell feels very thick and heavy.


Natural Dyed Easter Eggs-Chicken

Aimee came over today with (chicken) eggs that she dyed using natural dyes, and I have never been so impressed with colored eggs before. I no longer see the point of buying artificial colors to do this, especially since reading about the health hazards potentially associated with them. Supposedly some people don’t even eat their dyed eggs, which I think is a crazy silly waste-especially since the egg actually turns pretty colors too, which I love. These eggs are more brilliantly colored and you can feel good about eating them, because the dyes are made using items such as red cabbage (the blue- can you believe it!) and turmeric. Since Easter happens to fall on the same weekend as Earth Day this year, we figured this would be a great way to celebrate both in one fell swoop. Even better if you can get local eggs too.

Natural Easter Eggs

Speaking of Earth Day, we wanted to let you know that we’ll be helping out the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association with their Mill Creek cleanup on May 14. If you’re interested in participating, contact us and we’ll get you the details. Otherwise, you can still help out by donating some money to the cause by clicking on our new donation button. We’d like to use the money to provide Dirty Gourmet snackies for the volunteers.

Natural Easter Egg Dyes
Natural Egg Dye-Red Cabbage and Turmeric

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

Yield1 dozen eggs (or more)

Prep Time45 minutes

Dying Timeseveral hours, or overnight

Activity GuideCar Camping

Ingredients

  • 12 white eggs, or more if you like
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage
  • 1-2 large beets
  • 1/4 cup turmeric
  • water
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar

Tools

  • 3 medium pots
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • 6 tall glasses or jars

Method

  1. Place eggs in a pot and pour enough cold water over the eggs to cover. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn off the heat and let the pot sit with the cover on while you prepare the dyes.
  2. Roughly chop the cabbage and place it in a pot along with a few cups of water (enough to cover the cabbage). Roughly chop the beets and place them in another pot along with a few cups of water (enough to cover the beets). Place the turmeric and a few cups of water in the third pot. Bring each of the pots to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Add a tablespoon or two of vinegar to each of the pots.
  3. Place two (or more) eggs in each glass or jar. Pour enough dye into the glasses to cover the eggs. If you leave the vegetables in, you’ll end up with pretty but splotchy eggs. Mix and match the dyes to achieve different colors:
    • red cabbage = blue
    • turmeric = yellow
    • beets = pale pink
    • 1 part red cabbage + 2 parts beets = purplish blue
    • 1 part red cabbage + 1 part turmeric = teal
    • 1 part turmeric + 2 parts beets = yellow-orange
  4. Let the eggs soak in the dye for several hours or overnight. The longer they soak, the brighter the colors will be. Now go have an easter egg hunt!

11 Responses to “Natural Dyed Easter Eggs”

  1. Diane says:

    Throughout the year I carefully put holes in both ends of the eggs we use and use a turkey baster to blow out the contents for recipes. That way I end up with many dozen empty egg shells to dye in the spring. It takes time, but means we don’t spend a week eating boiled eggs after Easter.

  2. Jean says:

    How long are the eggs boiled? Just barely brought to boil before letting sit? And at what elevation are you when you do this dye recipe? I’m at 3000 feet and I know that eggs take longer to hard boil at higher elevations, so I want to be sure I don’t leave a runny yolk, or potentially overcook the eggs if I assume I need to cook longer. :) Thanks!

  3. Delish Dish says:

    Cranberry Dye:
    To make a dye from fresh cranberries, boil 4 cups cranberries in 2 cups cold water until the berries burst. Let cool. Drain the mixture, saving the liquid and discarding the cranberries. To create a light blue-toned egg, soak for only a short time. We found that soaking an egg longer results in a dark gray color.
    Brewed Coffee Dye:
    Simply brew a pot of strong coffee and cool. The color can range from a light speckled tan to a more solid dark tan depending on how strong the coffee is and how long the egg soaks.
    Onion Skin Dye:
    To make dye from yellow/red onion skins, place several skins in a large pot of water. Bring to a boil; let cool and discard skins. Based on the number of onion skins used and the amount of time the eggs soak, you’ll get warm tones that can range from gold to a rich terra cotta.

  4. Maria says:

    You can, also, use the peels of red onions.

  5. […] Here is a simple, safer and possibly cheaper way to dye your Easter eggs this Easter. Try using natural dyes. Naturally dyed Easter Eggs can be a range of beautiful and brilliant colors. Just look at these examples of eggs dyed with other foods and spices. You can get the ingredients used to create the natural dye as well as the instructions on how to do it at the Dirty Gourmet. […]

  6. Lynn in NC says:

    We never refrigerated our E. eggs when we were kids, and my father was a physician. No one ever got sick. BUT, why couldn’t you put the eggs IN the dye IN the fridge and let them soak overnight that way? :-D

  7. Thank you for the ideas. I’m wondering if the eggs are really safe to eat after they have been sitting for hours or overnight in the dye. I thought eggs needed to be chilled after no more than an hour or two at room temperature. Thanks for your help.

  8. Amy Vasques says:

    Thanks so much. GREAT IDEA. My granddaughter and I will have a new venture this Easter! HAPPY EASTER!

  9. [...] “Aimee came over today with (chicken) eggs that she dyed using natural dyes, and I have never been so impressed with colored eggs before. I no longer see the point of buying artificial colors to do this, especially since reading about the health hazards potentially associated with them. Supposedly some people don’t even eat their dyed eggs, which I think is a crazy silly waste-especially since the egg actually turns pretty colors too, which I love. These eggs are more brilliantly colored and you can feel good about eating them, because the dyes are made using items such as red cabbage (the blue- can you believe it!) and turmeric. Since Easter happens to fall on the same weekend as Earth Day this year, we figured this would be a great way to celebrate both in one fell swoop. Even better if you can get local eggs too.” -from “Natural Dyed Easter Eggs” [...]

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    I am continuously invstigating online for ideas that can help me. Thx!

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