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Natural Easter Egg Dyes

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Ingredients

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  • Red dye: 3-4 red beets (about 1 pound)
  • Blue dye: 1/2 head purple cabbage (about 1 pound)
  • Yellow dye: 2 tablespoons turmeric powder
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • 12 hard boiled white eggs
  • Equipment:
  • 3 to 6 wide-mouth jars or similar containers
  • Strainer
  • Tongs for dipping and removing eggs from dye
  • Rubber bands, for making striped eggs

Instructions

  1. RED (PINK) EGGS: Scrub the beets well to remove dirt. Chop into small pieces. Combine in a pot with 3 cups water. Cover, bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
  2. Strain into one or two jars and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to each jar.
  3. Carefully place eggs into dye to cover (for stripes, wrap a rubber band around the egg before putting it in the dye)
  4. For pink eggs, leave the eggs for 10-30 minutes. For rust-red eggs, leave for 1 hour. Longer than one hour will result in a yucky brown. Not recommended.
  5. You may lightly rinse excess dye by dipping into plain water, but don’t rinse with running water. **The beet dye is delicate and not permanent until it’s dry.**
  6. Set eggs onto paper towels or lay them across cups of the egg carton to dry.
  7. BLUE EGGS: Coarsely chop red cabbage and put into a pot with 3 cups water. Cover, bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
  8. Strain into one or two jars and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to each jar.
  9. Carefully place eggs into dye to cover (for stripes, wrap a rubber band around the egg before putting it in the dye)
  10. For pale blue eggs, leave for 30 minutes. For Robin’s Egg blue, leave for 2-3 hours. For deep aqua or royal blue, leave 8-12 hours.
  11. Rinse with clean water and set to dry on paper towels or lay across cups of egg carton.
  12. YELLOW EGGS: Combine 2 cups water with 2 tablespoons turmeric in a pot. Cover, bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  13. Pour into jar and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar. **Turmeric dye will stain countertops! Protect your surfaces when working with turmeric dye**
  14. Carefully place eggs into dye to cover (for stripes, wrap a rubber band around the egg before putting it in the dye)
  15. For bright yellow eggs, leave for 10-30 minutes. For goldenrod eggs, leave overnight.
  16. Rinse with clean water and set to dry on paper towels or lay across cups of egg carton.
  17. PURPLE EGGS: Red Cabbage (1 hour) and let dry, then Beets (30 minutes)
  18. ORANGE EGGS: Turmeric (30 minutes) and let dry, then Beets (10 minutes)
  19. GREEN EGGS: Turmeric (30 minutes) and let dry, then Cabbage (30-60 minutes)

Notes

Use this method for easy peel hard boiled eggs. Be sure to use white eggs for dying. Boiled eggs can be made a week or two ahead of time and refrigerated.

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