Does Dying Eggs with Foods Work (Cabbage, Onions, Beets & More)

March 29, 2018

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Dying Eggs with Natual FoodsHave you ever dyed Easter Eggs with natural foods. I have seen this done in numerous magazines and on cooking shows, but always wondered what the real results would be so I gave it a try.

I've read that you can hard boil the eggs at the same time as creating the dye, or go for a lighter color and cook eggs first then dye them after the color is prepared. I opted for the second one.

Easter Eggs Dyed with Natual Foods

I added 2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar to each color after making. I've also found that soaking the eggs in a bowl of vinegar helps the color take better. For each of the colors I used 2 - 3 cups of water and boiled the color source for about 15 minutes. Allow your liquid to completely cool before adding eggs to color.

Blue - Red-cabbage dye: 1/2 head of chopped cabbage
Yellow - Turmeric dye: 3 tablespoons turmeric
Purple - Grape Juice dye: Regular made Grape Juice (no water needed)
Red - Paprika dye: 3 tablespoons paprika
Orange - Onion-skin dye: Outer layer of 6 yellow onions
Green - Onion skin dye: Outer layer of 6 red onions
Magenta - Beet dye: 3 beets
Brown - Coffee dye: Strong black coffee (no water needed)

Easter Eggs Cornstarch

A few notes: Paprika and Turmeric don't dissolve in water (even boiling), so you end up with a gloppy mess in the bottom of your container, you might consider straining them through a cheesecloth to get a more translucent dye. The sugar from the grape juice makes the egg a bit sticky, I resolved this problem by powdering the egg with cornstarch. I also recommend using a cooling rack set on a cookie sheet for drying. This makes for fewer streaks and quicker drying.

I opted not to try the Green or Brown, but overall I liked the natural soft results and while it's a bit labor intensive, I think it would be a fun project for kids. We had the beets for dinner and I made a yummy batch of French Onion Soup with the onions, so only 1/2 the head of cabbage was put to waste. Come back and let us know if you try it.

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For my favorite way to boil easy to peel eggs make sure to check out this post here.

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And to dye Easter Eggs with Rice head on over to this post.

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You can pop on over to this post to check out how to dye Easter eggs with Kool-aid.

Happy Egg Dying

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