With everyone ‘going green’, why not have a green Easter? Healthy, all-natural alternatives exist and make beautifully colored eggs (and are just as much fun to use).
I remember growing up with those egg coloring kits. You know the ones, little dye tablets and wire dippers. I can only imagine the chemicals in those dyes which stained my fingers, my clothes, and ultimately the eggs.
Healthy, natural alternative colorings likely exist in your cupboards or refrigerator right now. With a few simple ingredients, you can make all-natural, beautifully colored eggs and your family will enjoy it just as much.
And, when Easter is over and you’re wondering what to do with all of those eggs, try these 10 Unique Uses for Hard Boiled Eggs.
Egg Coloring Ideas
Mix any of these ingredients into a pan of cold water, enough to cover eggs. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar along with your eggs. Cover pan and bring to a boil, then continue simmering for 15-20 minutes. Allow pan to cool before removing eggs.
- 1 teaspoon saffron
- 3 tablespoons ground turmeric
- 1 bunch sliced beets
- Bottled beet juice
- Frozen cherries
- 1 bunch chopped spinach
- Petals from 8 marigold flowers
- Grape juice
- 2 bags frozen blueberries
- 1 head chopped red cabbage
Notes: When using juices, do not add any water.
Since I always find my fingers stained horribly from beets, I decided to use a slice of fresh beet to stain one of the yellow colored eggs. Just take the egg and roll the beet slice over the surface to create a pattern. Blot the egg with a towel to remove any excess beet juice.
More sites with egg coloring ideas:
- Dyeing Your Easter Eggs Naturally – Slashfood
- Simple Ways to Dye Easter Eggs – Serious Eats
- Dying Eggs and Recipe Ideas for Easter – Baking Bites
- How to Dye Easter Eggs – Mama’s Taverna
Do you have any natural egg dye techniques that you’d like to share? Add them to the comments section below.