Easter and decorated eggs – you can’t have one without the other. This year, we suggest you use the best out of the current situation and ditch the fake stuff by dyeing your brown or white eggs the old-fashioned way: with food you already have in your fridge or pantry. If you’re into the rustic, farmhouse look or prefer to keep your household more natural, follow this little guide to color your holiday decorations with natural Easter egg dyes.
1. Combine 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a medium pot.
2. Bring it to a boil, add your dye ingredients for yellow, blue, pink, and orange eggs (ingredients specified below!), and lower the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool.
3. Strain the dye before adding the eggs. Once strained, add eggs and let soak for at least 30 minutes. For a more vibrant egg, let it soak longer. When it reaches the desired color, remove with tongs and pat dry with paper towels.
Soak four cups of chopped beets in mixture for 30 minutes. Strain, then allow eggs to sit in liquid for 30 minutes or more, depending on how deep you want the color to be.
Add 4 cups of yellow onion skins to the mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and allow eggs to sit in liquid for 30 minutes. For a brighter orange, leave the eggs to sit in the dye overnight in the fridge.
Add 3 tablespoons of turmeric to the boiling water. Simmer for 30 minutes, let cool, and soak eggs in mixture until they reach the desired shade. (FYI, since turmeric is notorious for staining your skin, you’ll want to wear rubber gloves when handling yellow eggs.)
Light Blue Eggs
Add 3 cups of chopped red or purple cabbage to the mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and allow eggs to soak overnight for the brightest shade.
Dark Blue Eggs
Add 4 cups of blueberries to the mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and let eggs sit in liquid for 30 minutes or more for deeper tones.