Every year, my girls and I have a little egg-decorating session; typically we use a little store-bought kit that includes food colouring and plastic sleeves that shrink on to the eggs. This year, I thought it would be fun to decorate our eggs with natural dyes – using only vegetables and spices to give them colour.
I did some research and experimenting, and found there were some things that just *didn’t* work – at least not for me – such as using boiled carrots to turn the eggs orange, or boiled spinach for green colour. No dice…at least not for us.
Happily, there were several natural dyes that produced some great results, so I thought I’d share those “recipes” here:
1) Red Cabbage = Blue. Grate an entire head of red cabbage, and combine it in a large pot with 4 cups of water, 1 Tbsp. vinegar and 1 Tbsp. salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid for dyeing.
2) Beets = Pink. Roughly chop 1 to 2 beets, then combine in a pot with 4 cups water, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid for dyeing.
3) Turmeric = Yellow. Heat 4 cups water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt in a pot. Add 3 Tbsp. ground turmeric and stir well. Simmer for just a few minutes until the turmeric dissolves.