Easter has always been one of my favorite times of year, but that might have something to do with all the pretty pastel candy around! While dyeing Easter eggs has always been a family tradition, we’ve never used anything other than the fun tablets that dissolve in vinegar and water. Those little tablets will always have a special place in my heart, but I’ve always wanted to try to dye eggs without our friends Red no. 5 and Blue no. 6.
You will need:
Plain white eggs, at least one dozen
Cups/mugs for dyeing
Yellow onion skins
Red onion skins
Step 1: Assemble and Prep. After getting everything you need, cover your work area if necessary (Turmeric and beet STAIN). The general ration I used was two cups of water and two tablespoons of vinegar combined with the dyeing agent. I used the skin of four smaller yellow onions, and three bigger red onions, one tablespoon of turmeric, a half cup of frozen blueberries, and two beets. I brewed the coffee as normal, or you could use two tablespoons ground coffee and follow the steps below.
Step 2: Boil your eggs. I put my dozen eggs in the saucepan with enough water to cover, and heated on high heat until boiling. After they were boiling I turned off the heat and covered them, but left them on the burner for 11 minutes. After eleven minutes I put the pan in the sink and started running cold water over the eggs to cool them.
Step 3: Creating the dyes. I mixed the water, vinegar and dyeing agent in a saucepan (stainless steel is best) over high heat until it was boiling. I let it boil for about five minutes for the onion skins, but the beets and turmeric didn’t need as long. Once the water is a bright color, strain the liquid into a small bowl or mug, and throw out the solids.
Step 4: Dyeing the eggs. My first round I left all the eggs in the liquids for about 30 minutes (natural dyes take longer). After pulling them out, I realized that the coffee and blueberries weren’t very vibrant. I was fine with the coffee, but the blueberry egg had barely changed. I decided to repeat the process of creating the blueberry dye, but I boiled the two eggs right in the water with the blueberries. This provided a darker blue that I was happy with.
inal Thoughts: I think that if I were to repeat the process I'd probably try boiling some of the eggs in with the dye. I think it might produce other colors. I'd also love to try dyeing with red cabbage, dill, or Red Zinger tea.