Here are some fun recipes for vibrant all natural egg dyes made from veggies and herbs you have in your refrigerator and cupboards.
We used the dry outer onion skins last year and the result was beautiful eggs that looked like carved mahogany! Have fun with these recipes and methods, and improve upon them each Spring. You will be amazed.
Here’s how you begin:
1) Room Temperature eggs so they don’t crack when boiling
2) 2 cups of water plus 1 Tsp vinegar to hold the color
3) Bring water to a boil with colorants and fully hard boil eggs for 12 to 15 minutes
4) Remove eggs and pour colorant and colored water into a jar (or bowl)
5) Put eggs into the jar so they are covered with colorants and colored water
6) Let the jars cool then place in refrigerator 24 hours
7) Remove the eggs, rinse, and polish with vegetable oil
Ideas for Vegetable & Herbal Colorants:
Green: 3 TBS Dill and 3 Dry Outer Red Onion Skins
Yellow: 2-3 TBS Turmeric and/or a lot less Saffron
Gold: Espresso or 3 TBS Dill Seed
Mahogany: Red Onion Skins and/or 1 TBS Paprika
Light Blue: Spinach
Dark Blue: 6-8 Red Cabbage Leaves
Purple: Cranberry and Raspberry Juice or Red Zinger Tea Bags
Orange: 4 Carrot Tops and 4 Yellow Onion Skins
Textured Shell: Red Wine will form crystals on the shell
Colors will vary depending on whether you use white, brown or pastel eggs, so mix and match your colorants to experiment with your own unique colors!
Wrapping cooled hard boiled eggs with rubber bands before placing back into the colorant will give you stripped eggs.
You can also very carefully color designs on the raw eggs with crayons or wax, make a small hole at both ends, blow out the insides of the eggs, dye them, and then spray with a sealant to keep these decorated beauties a long time! The sealants are not edible.
For the “Fertility” aspect of Spring, read up on Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in N. American Fiction and Film by Heather Latimer.
Striking a balance between fictional, historical, and political analysis, Reproductive Acts makes a compelling argument for the vital role narrative plays in how we make sense of U.S. reproductive politics. Read more here.
Let us know how your eggs turn out!