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Natural Egg Dyes

by jenny sansouci on April 7, 2012

Today as I was strolling through the farmer’s market in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I noticed a sign showing different natural foods that can be used as egg dyes for Easter.

The guy working at the market caught me taking a picture of the sign and asked, “do you want the full list of natural egg dyes?

“OF COURSE I DO!” I exclaimed. This is, after all – cool, hip, relevant information. I’m so on it. He gave me a sheet full of awesome, all natural egg decorating tips.

Using non-toxic egg dyes is much healthier if you’re planning to eat the eggs – and also safer for your skin!

The information contained here is from Grow NYC.

NATURAL EGG DYES

BLUE: Canned blueberries, red cabbage leaves, purple grape juice

BROWN/BEIGE: Strong coffee, instant coffee, black tea

GOLD: Dill seeds, onion skins, paprika

YELLOW: Cumin, turmeric, saffron

BROWN ORANGE: Chili Powder

GREEN: Boiled spinach leaves

GREENISH YELLOW: Carrot tops, cilantro, parsley

ORANGE: Carrots, yellow onion skins

PINK: Beets, cranberries, cranberry juice, red grape juice, pickled beet juice

RED: Lots of red onion skins, pomegranate juice, raspberries

VIOLET/PURPLE: Violet blossoms, hibiscus tea, red wine

 

How to Make and Use Natural Dyes:

  • Wash hard-boiled eggs with soap to remove residue (the color will adhere better). Let eggs cool.
  • Use your own judgement of how much “dye” to use. Except for spices, place a handful of dye ingredients into a saucepan.
  • Add about 1 cup of water for each handful of dye ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer about 15 mins. Remove pan from heat.
  • Add 2-3 tbsp white vinegar to the dye liquid.
  • Pour hot mixture into a bowl or jar — enough to completely cover the eggs.
  • Lower the eggs gently into the hot liquid.
  • Leave eggs in the dye liquid until you like the color – a few hours or overnight. If you plan to eat the eggs, do this step in the refrigerator.
  • Lift eggs out with slotted spoon. Let them dry.
  • Naturally dyed eggs have a dull finish. If you want them to be shiny, you can rub the eggs with a bit of olive oil after they’re dry to give them a shiny sheen.

 

 

Have any favorite non-toxic, natural food decorating tips? Share!




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