Who’s dying Easter eggs with their kids this weekend?
Need some DIY eco-friendly tips to avoid the toxic store bought dye kits? Try dying your eggs with vegetables, spices and everyday items found in your kitchen.
- Free-range eggs
- Alum powder (available at the supermarket in the spice aisle)
- White Vinegar
- Vegetables & spices
- Measuring spoons
- Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
- Vegetable oil, wax, electrical tape, leaves, stickers, etc (optional)
Step by Step Directions:
Choose which colors you’d like to dye your eggs.
- For blue, use red cabbage
- For red, try whole beets (not canned), cherries, or cranberries
- For light green, use spinach or fresh green herbs
- For tan, brew some strong coffee, tea, or a handful of cumin seeds
- For yellow, try turmeric (a spice) and yellow onion skins
- For olive green, use red onion skins (the color is produced by a reaction with the vinegar)
- For purple, grape juice or frozen blueberries
For each color, fill a saucepan with at least three inches of water. Add in your vegetables or spices. It’ll take a lotâ€¦around two cups, packed.
Bring the water to a boil, and add two teaspoons of alum powder UNLESS you’re using onion skins, as it creates a funky reaction.
Boil for thirty minutes.
Remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool slightly. You don’t want to add the eggs to boiling water, because the shells will likely crack.
Return to heat, and stir in two tablespoons of white vinegar. Add the eggs, and bring the mixture back to a full boil. Reduce the heat slightly, and cook for 10-12 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, and let the eggs cool in the dye.
Remove the eggs from the dye. If you’re satisfied with the color, then allow them to dry. For deeper, richer colors, strain the liquid, and allow the egg to continue to soak for up to eight hours. (Any longer, and the vinegar will start to disintegrate the shell.) If you plan to eat the eggs, put them into the refrigerator.