DIY Holiday: Dying Easter Eggs Naturally

Skip the Easter egg dyes that are lining the store shelves this time of year. You probably have a lot of items in your fridge already to dye eggs beautifully and naturally. It's a lot of fun to experiment with different types of colorful vegetables or fruits. In this case we used red cabbage (which actually turned the eggs bright blue) and beets. 

Supplies:

  • Eggs ( I used brown and white for color comparision)
  • Red cabbags
  • Cooked beets
  • Vinegar
  • Water and a pot

Instructions:

First cover eggs with water in a pot on the stove

 

After putting the eggs and water in, fill it up with red cabbage, place the lid on and boil for about 10-15 minutes

Remove eggs from pot, but reserve the liquid. Don't be alarmed if the eggs aren't soaking up color yet.

Let the liquid cool for a little and then resubmerge the eggs into the liquid along with about 3 T of vinegar. The liquid will be bright purple, but the eggs will mostly soak up blue. Refrigerate for about 1-2 hours, then remove eggs and let dry

Now we'll do the same thing with beets. Add water to a pot with eggs and throw in several cooked beets (I've found them already cooked and peeled at Trader Joes). You'll follow the same process as the red cabbage above. Boil the beets with the eggs for about 10-15 minutes. Remove the eggs, reserve the liquid and place the eggs in the red liquid along with 3 T of vinegar into the fridge for about 1-2 hours at least ( I soaked mine much longer in this case)

Naturally dyed eggs typically have a dull finish. You can rub a little mineral or vegetable oil on them for some gloss if you'd like. Now all you need is an Easter basket to place them in!

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