Naturally dyed eggs

Naturally dyed eggs © Secret Caravan

 

Dyeing eggs with natural colors is a wonderful process with beautiful results. The resulting hues depend on a few factors – the use of white or brown eggs, time spent in a dye, number of dips. I only used white eggs here and found that the color gets darker, if you dip the eggs in the dye more than once.

For this recipe I dyed 24 eggs with four dyes coming from Beets, Red Cabbage, Turmeric and Onion skins. With all of them, except the onion skins, I used the cool dye method, whereas for the onion skins I used the boiling method and the resulting color was much more intense.

 

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Colors:

Blue color from red cabbage
Dark red from onion skins
Yellow from turmeric
Pink from beets

Ingredients to dye 24 eggs:
4 red onions, just the skins
or 4 red beets chopped
or 1 head of red cabbage chopped
or 6 tbsp ground turmeric
4 cups of water
4 tbsp white vinegar
olive oil (optional)

Cool dye method

— Hard boil your eggs for about 10 min. Let cool completely
— Place your selected ingredient in a pot with 4 cups of water
— Bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 min.
— Allow the mixture to cool completely
— Strain the liquid and place it back to the pot
— Add 4 tbsp of vinegar
— Place hard boiled eggs into the pot
— For a variety of shades start by checking the color at 2 hours and for darker color leave the egg in the dye for more or overnight
— You can use oil olive to polish the eggs once they are dry and cool

Boiling dye method

— Place your selected ingredient in a pot with the water and vinegar and bring up to a boil
— Turn heat down and simmer for about 30 min.
— Allow the mixture to cool
— Strain the liquid and place it back to the pot
— Add 4 tbsp of vinegar
— Place eggs into mixture
— Bring to boil for about 15-20 min.
— Turn off heat and it cool completely
— The more you leave the eggs in the dye the more intense the color you’ll get
— You can use oil olive to polish the eggs once they are dry and cool

Enjoy the process!

 

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