I have fond childhood memories, perhaps well into adulthood, of Easter egg dyeing with Paas. I can clearly recall the mysterious color tablets that fizzled in water and the golden hexagon shaped egg dipper. Thinking back, soaking porous eggs into a chemical bath of artificial colors might not be the best idea, especially if you plan on eating them after the glorious hunt is over. Luckily, there are natural alternatives to produce a colorful basket of eggs. Most likely you’ll have these items readily available in your house. It’s definitely a far more creative adventure than your average store-bought kit.
- food dye matter (see below)
- mesh strainer
- shallow bowls or mason jar
- measuring spoon
- white vinegar
- hard-boiled eggs (see tips below)
- cooking oil (optional – to add shine to eggs)
For every 1 cup of water, chose one of the food dye matter items below depending what color(s) you decide. One cup of dye color is enough for 4 eggs. For one dozen eggs, prepare 4 cups of dye liquid.
Blue / Green: Use 1 cup of shredded purple cabbage per 1 cup water. White eggs will turn blue and brown eggs will turn green.
Orange: Use 1 cup yellow onion skins per 1 cup water.
Pink: Use 1 cup shredded beets per 1 cup water.
Yellow: Use 2 tablespoon turmeric per 1 cup water.
Directions for making Easter egg dye:
- Combine food dye matter and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-30 minutes until desired color is reached. Dye is ready when it is a few shades darker than you want. Allow to cool to room temperature. Repeat process if making several colors of dye.
- Strain cooled dye through a mesh strainer into a shallow bowl or mason jar. Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar for each cup of dye.
- Add hard-boiled eggs into dye, making sure it is fully submerged. Store in fridge until desired color achieved, few hours to overnight. Can check color by removing egg with a spoon.
- When desired color achieved, remove eggs from dye and pat dry with a paper towel. Color will be a matte finish. To add a luster shine, rub one or two drops of oil.
Tips for perfect hard-boiled eggs: Start with eggs in a pot covered with cold water. Place onto stove and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a rolling boil, turn off stove, remove from heat and cover with lid for 10 minutes. When time is up, drain eggs immediately and place in cold water until cool.