successful Easter eggs dyes

After complaining & failing, I figured out how to get some pretty gorgeous eggs. Here they are, from left to right: turmeric, paprika, red cabbage & yellow onion peels.

I love the matte finish that these natural dyes give you, & that rather than sifting out the spice, they stayed in the dye to texture the eggs. In an earlier post, I gave you some great resources for dyes. Here, I’ll give you the four methods & proportions that worked best for me. Each dye should give you enough for four eggs.

Let’s start with basic egg boiling: If you’re using onion peels to dye eggs, add them with your eggs. Put them in a pot that will require as little water as possible. Don’t drown four eggs in a huge pot, as it’ll weaken your dye strength. Cover the eggs so that there are two inches of water above them. Cover the pot. Bring the water to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Shock eggs in a bath of ice water to make them easier to peel. (Your onion eggs will now be a gorgeous color. Done!)

For other eggs, you can boil the eggs & dyes at the same time. Now, we’re using separate pots. To make…

1. yellow dye:

Add 1 tablespoon turmeric, 3 cups of water & 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil & simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to reach room temperature. In a bowl, place eggs in a single layer. You’ll need them to be close together, so that the dye will fully cover them. Pour the room-temperature dye over the eggs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Rinse eggs.

2. light orange-red dye:

Add 1 tablespoon paprika, 3 cups of water & 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil & simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to reach room temperature. In a bowl, place eggs in a single layer. You’ll need them to be close together, so that the dye will fully cover them. Pour the room-temperature dye over the eggs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Rinse eggs.

3. blue dye:

Add 1 teaspoon salt, as much red cabbage as will fit in your pot, 3 cups of water & 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil & simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to reach room temperature. In a bowl, place eggs in a single layer. You’ll need them to be close together, so that the dye will fully cover them. Pour the room-temperature dye over the eggs. Refrigerate for over night. Rinse eggs.

Happy Easter!

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About meganbetz

human geography PhD Student at Indiana University; wife, reader, writer, baker, gardener
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