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Natural Egg Dyes

Have you ever dyed eggs with natural ingredients? There are many things that you probably already have in your kitchen that will produce different colors.  Below are a few ideas!  Guess what color they will make then see if you are right as you try one or try them all! How do they compare to the natural colors of the eggs that an Easter Egger Hen lays like those in the picture below?

eggs at Chrisholm

 

Natural Dye Materials

1 Cup Chopped Purple Cabbage

1 Cup Red Onion Skins

1 Cup Yellow Onion Skins

2 Tablespoons Ground Turmeric

1 Bag of Red Zinger Tea

Directions:

  • Add 1 cup of water and 1 dye material to a saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Turn down heat and simmer, covered for 15 - 30 minutes
  • Check the color - it is ready when the hue is a few shades darker than the color you want your egg to be
  • Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup to the strained liquid
  • Lay eggs in a baking dish and pour liquid over them
  • Put dish in the refrigerator and chill until the desired color is achieved
  • Carefully dry the eggs and massage a little oil on each one
  • Polish the eggs with a paper towel and compare their colors to what you thought they would be!