Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

How to make colorful DIY Easter Eggs without harsh dyes or chemicals, using ingredients you already have like red cabbage, turmeric and onion peels - Naturally Dyed Easter EggsRed Cabbage for naturally dyed Easter eggs

Red Cabbage for naturally dyed Easter eggs

Hard boiled eggs

Easter holds many great childhood memories for me. Family time filled with plenty of milk chocolate bunnies, easter egg hunts, and the dreaded 5 a.m. Easter Sunday morning church service.

It wouldn’t be Easter without colouring Easter eggs. Mum always made Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs with onion peels making a deep golden rusty egg colour. I was envious of the kids at school that didn’t have Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs.  As a kid, I didn’t appreciate our family traditions using the onion peels to dye eggs at Easter. It’s amazing how time gives you perspective, plus the added benefit of healthier, chemical free, dyed eggs.

It’s definitely not great to eat your dyed Easter eggs, when they are full of chemicals. This recipe allows you to still enjoy Easter traditions with colourful eggs, whilst providing a healthier way to eat the Easter eggs, chemical free.

Russian style dyed deep brown-red (onion brown) Easter eggs represent the blood of Christ, and the hard shell represents the tomb.  Our tradition is to tap the top of the cooked Easter eggs with each other until one breaks. The cracked eggs symbolize Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

We all take turns in the family. One person holds the egg and the other taps the top of their egg, hoping not to break their own, but their opponents. The winner is the person who successfully cracks their opponents egg. Then we peel the eggs and eat them with salt. We still practise this tradition with my kids.

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Growing up, I now appreciate the natural healthier way of dying eggs, and avoid unnecessary dyes in my food.  I have never bought red cordial for my kids (you’ll thank me later when you grow up).  Happily, I have discovered new ways of  making Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs, and in colours that aren’t red-brown! My best success has used red cabbage to create blue eggs. I know that sounds strange and unbelievable, but its worth the effort!

Turmeric was the other surprise colour that worked well and really added to the Easter feeling. I have had very limited success with coffee, red wine, paprika or beetroot juice, as their colours are too insignificant.

The stronger the dye concentrate is, the deeper the colour your eggs will be. When you’re happy with the colour of your eggs and they are dry, rubbing a bit of oil will add a shine, in contrast to the matte eggs. Don’t be stingy with the ingredients, if you are unsure, add more ingredients to the dye which will concentrate the colour.

Natural dyes take longer to set than store-bought dyes, allow enough time to leave in the fridge overnight for the really deep colours. Remember to always keep your eggs refrigerated until you’re ready to eat them. And most importantly, you won’t be eating eggs that have harsh dyes in them. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!

Naturally dyed Easter eggsTurmeric for naturally dyed Easter eggs

Colour Guide
Onion skins = dark orange to rust brown (depending on white or brown eggs)
Turmeric or cumin = pale yellow
Red beets = Pink-ish (on white eggs)
Red onion skins = Pale purple
Red cabbage = Blue (on white eggs and deep blue/green on brown eggs)
Coffee = Tan (on white eggs – looks like regular brown egg)
Raspberries = Pink (I couldn’t waste good raspberries on dying eggs)

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
 
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How to make colorful DIY Easter Eggs without harsh dyes or chemicals, using ingredients you already have like red cabbage, turmeric and onion peels - Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Continental
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of coarsely chopped red cabbage per every 1 cup of water
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of ground turmeric per cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar for every cup of strained dye
  • 1 dozen white eggs (feel free to experiment by adding some brown eggs)
  • Vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Place the dyes into wide mouth glass jars. Carefully lower the eggs into the jars using a tablespoon. Keep your eggs refrigerated. Soak the eggs overnight in the fridge and carefully remove from the jars the next morning. For lighter blue eggs, remove some after 6-8 hours to check if you are happy with the colour. Place the eggs on a cooling rack until completely dry. I prefer a naturally matte finish on the eggs, however if you want them to shine, add a few drops of oil and wipe carefully. If you keep the eggs in the fridge, they are edible when eaten within a week. I usually use the eggs for Olivye Salad (Оливье - Russian Potato Salad).

Instructions for Blue Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
1. Coarsely cut 5 cups red cabbage leaves and put into pot. Add 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Let simmer on low for approx. 25-30 minutes. You will see the colour turn a purple colour.
2. Strain the cabbage from the water.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of dye and stir throughout. Allow the dye to cool before you use it.

Instructions for Yellow Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
1. Put 8 tablespoons of turmeric into 4 cups of water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 25-30 minutes. The colour will turn a bright yellow.
2. Strain the turmeric from the water, using a cheesecloth.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of dye and stir throughout. Allow the dye to cool before you use it.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
1. Place eggs into a large saucepan and cover them by about 2 inches of water.
2. Bring water to a boil over medium heat, and when it has come to a boil, cover with a lid and let sit for 12 minutes.
3. Remove eggs to a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
How to make colorful DIY Easter Eggs without harsh dyes or chemicals, using ingredients you already have like red cabbage, turmeric and onion peels - Naturally Dyed Easter EggsHow to make colorful DIY Easter Eggs without harsh dyes or chemicals, using ingredients you already have like red cabbage, turmeric and onion peels - Naturally Dyed Easter EggsHow to make colorful DIY Easter Eggs without harsh dyes or chemicals, using ingredients you already have like red cabbage, turmeric and onion peels - Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

How to make colorful DIY Easter Eggs without harsh dyes or chemicals, using ingredients you already have like red cabbage, turmeric and onion peels - Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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