If you grew up with the neon version of Easter eggs straight out of the kit, you may not realize that nature can do the trick even better with a few common ingredients from your pantry
Coffee or tea, cabbage, onions, beets, spices- take a peek in your cupboard and you’re sure to find all of the wholesome natural ingredients you need to transform a batch of plain white eggs into beautiful, healthy edibles. This Spring, why not ditch the store-bought dyes and celebrate the season using the rich (and sometimes quirky) colors of nature to decorate your eggs!
Natural Dyed Easter Eggs
- 6-12 hard-boiled eggs (white or brown)
- 1 tablespoon vinegar per color of dye
- 1 cup of water per color
- Very strongly colored tea, coffee, juice, or red wine
- 2 tablespoons dried turmeric for yellow
- Raw chopped beets simmered in the water for pink
- Raw red cabbage chopped and simmered in water for blue
Simmer or microwave tea bags in one cup of water. Let steep until very darkly colored. We used 2 teabags per cup of water. Stir in vinegar. Brew a cup of very dark coffee if using coffee (I used instant to save the good coffee). Simmer turmeric in water until dissolved and richly colored. Simmer beets in water if using. Add eggs to bowls of dye and refrigerate until eggs have reached desired hues. We left them in for 2 hours.