Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

March 29, 2013
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  • Makes 1 Dozen Dyed Eggs
Author Notes

My favorite part of dyeing the eggs was the plopping of the little tablets into the solo cups filled with vinegar and watching the tablets bubble and dissolve, leaving blazingly colored vinegar as its only remnant. Now, as a much older child, I appreciate making these egg dyes with natural ingredients. Turmeric gleams and glows with a sunny yellow hue, blueberries create a tone that mimics the depths of the ocean, and beets blush in beautiful rosy bliss. It’s a wonder to watch pearly eggs resurrect from their bright, watery grave, beaming with such stunning tones from dyes made with natural ingredients.

(These recipes were inspired by The Blender)

Instead of tossing any leftover dye, you can use the dye to stain the bottom of white cardstock to create a hand dyed Easter menu. Just dip the bottom part of the cardstock into your choice hue and let dry on a flat surface. After the pigment has dried, handwrite your items onto the prepared menu. Place at each table setting. Here is where my inspiration came from. —amber wilson | for the love of the south

What You'll Need
  • 1 Dozen Boiled Eggs, cooled
  • beets, turmeric, blueberries, vinegar, water
  • 1 beet, scrubbed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 cup blueberries, slightly smashed
  • 3 teaspoons distilled white vinegar, divided
  • 6 cups water
  1. Note: For pink eggs, combine beets, 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 2 cups of water. For yellow eggs, combine turmeric, 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 2 cups of water. For blue eggs, combine blueberries, 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 2 cups of water.
  2. For each individual color, combine all the ingredients in a pan and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium for 20 minutes until reduced. Let cool and strain. If necessary, add cold water until the total volume for each dye is 1 ½ cups (these dyes can be made ahead. I made mine the night before I dyed the eggs and just stashed the dyes in jars on the counter overnight. Before I needed to use the dyes, I just shook the jar and they were ready to go!)
  3. Make sure the surface you are using is well protected with newspaper or an old towel before you start laying out all of your dyes. Fill up 3 plastic cups halfway up with the natural dyes (since I used glass jars to store my dyes in, I just left the dyes in their individual jars.) Carefully place an egg in each one of the vessels (I use a gravy ladle to get each one in and out easily.) Let the eggs sit in the dye for at least 30 minutes. Using the ladle, slowly pull each egg out of the dyes and lay onto a roasting tray lined with paper towels and fitted with a cooling rack. Let dry completely before handling. Continue with the rest of the dozen eggs until you have dyed them all.

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Southern storyteller, freelance photographer, and recipe developer. Author of the Southern memoir-style food blog, For the Love of the South. Bringing Southern memories to the table.

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