Natural Egg Dyes
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Below are some natural eye dye suggestions for white eggs.
To get started:
Remove impurities from raw eggs by gently wiping them with a clean cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar. Place 6 – 8 eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and fill with tap water until water level is about one inch above eggs. Add two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar per quart of water, which may help keep the eggs from cracking, and then add fruits, vegetables, or spices for color.
Bring the mixture to a boil, turn off heat and soak eggs 20 to 30 minutes. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to dry. Place in refrigerator after eggs have cooled. For deeper shades, strain the mixture and refrigerate eggs in liquid overnight. However, these eggs are not edible, but make for a nice display in an Easter basket.
For bright yellow to deep gold colors use turmeric powder. Put 1– 2 tablespoons ground turmeric in a pot with water. Add 1 teaspoon white vinegar. Wipe dusty spice residue from eggs after they are dry. Turn off stove and soak for 20-30 minutes in hot liquid.
For sparkling blue to purple eggs use grape juice. Combine one 32-ounce bottle of grape juice with 1 teaspoon white vinegar. Turn off stove and soak for 20-30 minutes in hot liquid.
For mauve to wine coloring, use cranberry juice concentrate, add enough juice concentrate to cover eggs in pot. Turn off stove and soak for 20-30 minutes in hot liquid.
For a pink eggs, use grated red beets. Put 1 cup freshly grated beets in a pot with water. Add 1 teaspoon white vinegar. Turn off stove and soak for 20-30 minutes in hot liquid.
Red cabbage and beets creates a striking purple color. Put 1 cup red cabbage and 1/2 cup grated beet in a pot with water. Turn off stove and soak for 20-30 minutes in hot liquid. Must sit overnight for intense color.
For blue/teal egg colors use chopped red cabbage. Directions: Put 4 cups of chopped red cabbage in a pot with water and add 1 teaspoon white vinegar. Must sit overnight for intense coloring, avoid excess handling or will smudge.
For light peach to gold/orange use yellow onion skins. Use 1 large handful of onion skins for each cup of water. Simmer 20 minutes then add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Must sit overnight for intense color.
Red cabbage and turmeric creates a pale green, speckled design. Pour a scant teaspoon of ground turmeric and 1 cup chopped red cabbage in a pot of water. Speckled design. Must sit overnight for intense color.
For a reddish orange to brown color, use red onion skins. Use 1 large handful of onion skins for each cup of water. Must sit overnight for intense color.
*Can color on hard-boiled and room-temperature eggs with non-toxic crayons to create a wax resist design and then place in dye.