How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

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I’ll admit straight out, I haven’t tried this yet – I have to color our eggs on Saturday, but I’m planning a natural egg coloring festival in my kitchen.  DkMommy Spot reader Alicia asked me if I knew of how to do this, and by golly, I didn’t have much of an answer.  But I’ve done some digging around, and I’m ready to try it on my own.  What I’m imparting to you here is what sounds easiest to me, using simple ingredients.  (For instance, I’m not going to send you out searching for violet blossoms and boiled black walnut shells.  But if you have these just hanging around, test them out!) 

Preparation: In a pan add water, a vegetable, fruit, or spice from the list below, and a tablespoon of vinegar.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes.  Allow the water to cool to room temperature, strain out the veggies, fruit, or spice, (unless you want speckled eggs) and add the already-boiled eggs.  You can leave the eggs in the color for as long as you wish, even overnight in the fridge, to get the desired color. Here’s the color chart that will tell you which natural item to use with your eggs:

Red:  3 Tbs. Chili Powder (reddish orange) or lots of red onion skins (purplish red) or chopped fresh beets

Orange:  Yellow Onion skins

Yellow:  Ground Turmeric or Orange Peel or Lemon Peel or ground cumin

Green:  Spinach Leaves; or mix turmeric with red cabbage 

Blue: Red Cabbage Leaves (about 1/2 a head, chopped) or canned blueberries

Violet: Purple Grape Juice (no need to boil first or to add water)

One unique trick I plan on trying is to wrap the raw eggs in the outer skins of onions (any color) and put rubber bands around them to hold the skins in place.  Boil the eggs as usual, and when cooled, remove the skins.  It is said to leave a nice pattern on the eggs.  

Another trick that I do every year after coloring eggs is to buff the shells with a little olive oil.  Gives a nice shine!

If you have any different ways you use to dye easter eggs naturally, please let us know!  I’d love to have a few more tricks before Saturday’s egg coloring too.

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