Coloring Easter eggs is a wonderful tradition I grew up with. Dying Eggs with Red Cabbage will produce a natural purple dye, which colors your eggs into shades of blue. It’s a strange color thing that happens, I’m sure there is a scientific reason why, but all I care about is the cool blue easter eggs!
Growing up, we usually dyed Easter eggs using onion skins, which is a traditional Russian way. This gave them a deep red brown color, but I always wanted colourful eggs, like the other kids school. My mum wouldn’t allow us to use store bought kits. The store bought kits use harsh dyes which are unhealthy for you, and there are many natural ways to color eggs. I’m so glad I discovered red cabbage for dying blue eggs.
The longer the eggs sit in the prepared cabbage dye solution, the darker the blue color will be. I usually use a large mason jar to submerge the eggs in the cabbage dye, and keep them refrigerated overnight while the dye sets. For a lighter blue eggs, remove them from the dye after a few hours. Dying Eggs with Red Cabbage is super easy and a great healthier Easter tradition to start with your family. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Dying Eggs with Red Cabbage
- 1 cup of coarsely chopped red cabbage per every 1 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 for shining the eggs
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.
Strain the cabbage from the water. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of dye and stir throughout. Allow the dye to cool before you use it.
Place the blue cabbage dye into a wide mouth glass jar. Carefully lower the eggs into the jars using a tablespoon. For lighter blue eggs, soak the eggs for 4-6 hours, and remove when you are happy with the color. For deeper blue eggs, soak the eggs overnight in the refrigerator. Place the eggs on a cooling rack until completely dry. If you like shiny eggs, add a few drops of vegetable oil, and wipe carefully using a cloth.