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Dyeing Eggs with Natural Pigments


Dyeing with plant-based pigments is a fun way to add more color to your life, naturally. You can use vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices; many of which you probably already have in your kitchen or backyard.

In today's post you will learn how to dye eggs using natural pigments. There is also a printable PDF guide below which you can download and save to your documents for future reference.

This project was a lot of fun and has inspired me to try these natural dyes on other things besides eggs; more to come in April. Who says you can't play with your food!

Printable PDF Version

General Recipe

Per every 4 cups water, add one of the following dyestuffs…

  • 2-4 cups food
  • 2-4 Tbsp spice
  • 1/4 cup herb or plant

Remember that eggs will dye several shades lighter than dye water. Adding 1 Tbsp of white vinegar per cup of dye water may help enhance color. Add enough dye water so water line is ½" above eggs.


Egg Dyeing Methods

Variation 1: Hot dye (hard-boiling eggs)

Add desired number of raw eggs to saucepan with water, dye material and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes. Carefully stir mixture as needed to coat eggs. Remove eggs to clean wire rack or paper towel to dry.

Eggs will hard-boil in this method. If you want to eat later, refrigerate eggs immediately once they dry. Otherwise, leave eggs at room temperature and do not eat. They will dry out over time.

Variation 2: Cold dye

Add water and dye stuff to a saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until desired color is reached. Remove saucepan from heat, strain material, and reserve dye water. Cool dye to room temperature. Add desired number of previously hard-boiled or blown eggs to dye water. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove eggs to clean wire rack or paper towel to dry.

Return hard-boiled eggs to refrigerator once dry, if you want to eat later. Otherwise, leave eggs at room temperature and do not eat. They will dry out over time.

*Store in the refrigerator and consume within 1 week*

 

These eggs were dyed using variation 1 (from left to right: turmeric, coffee, blueberries, red cabbage, paprika, Chinese tea eggs)

 

These eggs were dyed using variation 2 (from top moving clockwise: blueberries, turmeric, paprika, red cabbage, coffee)



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