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A boy holding a carton of naturally dyed Easter eggs.

All Natural Easter Egg Dyes

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli

Description

Ditch the store-bought egg dye kits this Easter and make your own with ingredients found in your kitchen. A fun experiment for kids!


Ingredients

For Pale Blue:

  • 1/2 head of red cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

For Golden Yellow:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon dried black tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

For Pale Yellow-Green

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Instructions

  1. For each dye, place ingredients (except vinegar) in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Stir in vinegar and transfer to whatever container you’re using to store them in the refrigerator while they soak. Add hard boiled eggs and cover tightly. Refrigerate, preferably overnight, until color is set.
  3. Remove eggs from dye, rinse and pat lightly to dry.

Notes

You can use zip-top bags to hold the dye and eggs, but I’d recommend storing the bags inside a bowl or other container so they don’t leak out in the refrigerator.

If your dye doesn’t quite cover the eggs, just gently shake the container occasionally to roll the eggs around while they soak. That’s what I did for the gold and yellow eggs, and it gave them a fun, mottled look.

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