I really enjoy making natural egg dye at Easter with my boys. Of course you might be thinking why make natural dyes when you can buy traditional dye at any store. Well, to keep it simple – I’ll just say we don’t “do” artificial colouring in our house and I’d much rather make my own than buy it! :p
DIY Natural Egg Dye
That’s right – since we don’t use artificial dye in our home, we reach for real ingredients to dye our eggs – like blueberries, spinach (pictured above -left), paprika (pictured above -right) and beets. Before we boil our eggs, we usually draw or print on them with a white crayon or sometimes we just leave them plain. Half the fun is decorating them before hand, so I’d encourage you to be creative. Then all you do is boil your favourite veggie, spice or tea in a pot of water, along with your eggs. Adding a tablespoon of white vinegar will help make the colour a little more vibrant, so go ahead and pour some in.
We use all 4 stove burners when we make our natural egg dye - one colour per pot and hang out until the eggs are fully cooked – about 12 minutes. You’ll know when you lift the egg up in the air with a slotted spoon and it dries fairly quickly. Well, that’s what I do, anyways. Either way, when they’re fully cooked we either call it a day or leave the eggs in small bowls inside the fridge for up to an hour with the dye, soaking up a bit more pigment.
Once the natural egg dye finishes doing its magic, simply blot the eggs dry and store them inside the fridge until they are thoroughly chilled. Then crack them open to eat during Easter brunch. Why not give it a try – it’s something different, fun & the best part – chemical-free!
DIY Natural Egg Dye:
1. Draw on whole eggs with a white crayon (optional)
2. In separate pots, add your water and vegetables, spices, teas, etc., along with your raw eggs.
3. Add in a tbsp of white vinegar (optional)
3. Boil your eggs & natural colourant (food) for about 12 minutes, or until eggs are fully cooked.
4. Allow the eggs to sit in a bowl of the natural dye for up to one hour in the fridge to become more vibrant (optional) OR blot dry the eggs and allow them to cool in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.
5. Crack open to eat! Enjoy!
If you liked reading this post, perhaps you’d be interested in reading my article on “No Junk” Easter Gift Ideas for Children!
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