Easter is right around the corner and that means it’s time to jazz up your eggs with a rainbow of hues. If you’re looking for a way to clean up the toxic part of this family tradition, check out our ideas below for making your own natural egg dye colorings. From blueberries to beets, these dyes are beautiful and eco-friendly.
blue – blueberries
aqua – red cabbage
yellow – turmeric
pink – beets
green – spinach
purple – blackberries
Boil the eggs. Everyone has a preferred method. We recommend the following: Fill a pot with water and add eggs. Add a tablespoon of salt. Make sure water is covering the tops of the eggs. Bring water to a rolling boil. Turn off heat (if you have a stove that doesn’t retain heat, turn heat to low). Cover eggs and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Transfer eggs to bowl to cool.
While eggs are boiling, you can start boiling down some of your dyes. Add produce or spices to pot. Add water – make sure water covers the surface of the fruit or vegetables. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until the dye has reached the desired color.
Pour dye through a strainer into glass jar or bowl (scoop out the large bits first to make the straining easier). Stir 2 tablespoons of white vinegar into your dye. Gently lower egg into dye using spoon or tongs.