Coloring Easter Eggs

 

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Coloring Easter Eggs Naturally: Create a New Easter Tradion

I heard about Coloring Easter Eggs naturally years ago, but the rumors scared me away.  I should have known better than to believe everything I hear, but reading things like, “If you dye your eggs with chopped beets, your eggs will taste like beets,” is clearly not a motivator.  Beet flavored eggs?

Then a few years later I saw natural dying instructions from Martha Stewart (who would never eat eggs tasting of beets, I reasoned).   I decided to give it a try.  I have dyed eggs naturally ever since and even experimented with different color “recipes” for the best look.  It is really quite easy and you don’t even need a food processor for chopping.

In fact, coloring eggs naturally isn’t much harder than using commercial dyes and the whole family can get involved.  Below you will find the the basic instructions and variations for coloring Easter Eggs Pink, Blue, Yellow, and every combination those colors combine to make..

Coloring Easter Eggs

Instructions for Coloring Easter Eggs

Coloring Easter Eggs Pink

  • Slice one beet and discard the ends
  • Place the slices in a small saucepan and cover shallowly with water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool then strain liquid into a coffee cup.
  • Add 1 T of vinegar.
  • Place a hard cooked egg into the dye and let it sit until colored.

Coloring Easter Eggs Blue

Blue dye can be made the same way except you use a small to medium red cabbage instead of a beet. Quarter the cabbage, discard the core, cover with water and boil for 30 minutes, then strain.

Coloring Easter Eggs Yellow

Yellow can be made by boiling a teaspoon of turmeric for a few minutes then straining through a paper towel.

Addition Color Options

Once you have pink, yellow and blue, you can make any color you want.  Simply color an egg then re-dip it in a second color to make a new one.  A yellow egg placed briefly in blue will turn green.  Add a pink egg to blue dye to turn it purple, and so on.

Note: With this natural process, some variation is normal.  This year everything worked perfectly but one year my pink beet dye turned our eggs brown.  We had fun anyway!

No matter what, my eggs have always tasted great.  And it feels good to have a green Easter–in more ways than one!

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