Easter is soon to be upon us and as we try to live a more conscious lifestyle but also have some Easter fun, we thought we’d pull together lots of natural dye recipes for eggs! All you need is household ingredients and white vinegar, so save those onion skins and carrot tops and create a rainbow of natural dyed eggs!
You know your dye is ready when you’re happy with the colour, but note, the eggs will be a good few shades lighter than the dye. Over at The Kitchn they suggest dipping and drying the eggs a number of times for good strong colour. I normally leave mine overnight and they’re fab but not as bold as the colours The Kitchn folk are getting, so do read their method. I’ll be trying that next!
Point to note: You need one tablespoon of white vinegar for every cup of liquid you use. If more water is necessary to cover ingredients, proportionally increase the amount of vinegar.
Mix 1 cup blueberries with 1 cup water. Let the water get to room temperature.
You need red cabbage, I know, who’d have thought. Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Cool to room temperature and remove cabbage.
2 cups of spinach in 2 cups of water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for about 15 mins. Let cool to room temperature. I have also read grass does the job with the exact same method.
Use the skins from red onions and let them simmer in about 2 cups of water for 15-20 mins. Strain.
The longer you soak these the more orange they will become. You need the skin of 4 large yellow onions. Again, simmer in 2 cups of water for 15-20 mins. For a lighter orange stir 3 tablespoons of paprika in to 1 cup boiling water.
So many options! You can use chopped carrot tops, or teaspoon of tumeric, or green tea or orange peels (you’ll need the skins of 6/7 of them). All of these need to go in to 1-2 cups of water and simmer for around 15 minutes.
Simmer 3 tablespoons of dill in to 1 cup water for 15 minutes. Strain.
Coffee is the answer. Use 1 cup of strong coffee.
Beetroot makes a dark pink. The longer you leave the darker they get. Cut 1 beetroot in to smallish bits and add 3 cups of boiling water. Let cool to room temperature and remove the beetroot.
A cup of grape juice will do the job!
Top Tip: Rub the dried eggs with a little vegetable oil to give them a glossier finish!
Remember to have a play – you can get so many variations in colour depending on the quantities of ingredients, how long you leave the eggs to soak, and the colour the eggs were to start with. Have fun with it!
We’d love to see your naturally dyed eggs – please do share with us. You can tag us on Instagram with @jakeandmaya or pop them on our Facebook page.