Dye Your Easter Eggs Naturally


Natural way to dye easter eggs with food you already have

Did you know that there are many ways to dye your Easter Eggs WITHOUT buying the Easter Egg Dye Kits? One way that we naturally dye our eggs, {even when it is not Easter} is by adding the skin of an onion to the water as it boils. You can use yellow or purple onion peels to get different results. A common question asked is, “Does boiling eggs with onion skins make them taste like onions?” The answer is no, as long as you only use the paper-like skins.
Boil Eggs with Onion Peels for Natural Dye Color

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes

What makes natural dyes for Easter Eggs you ask? Here are several different ways to do it..

On the stove top method:

Fill a pot with water, add your pigmented plant based foods, then boil for 10-15 minutes to bring out color. Then, gently add your eggs and cook on medium heat for 17-20 minutes. You can add 1/8 cup vinegar to get a deeper color, but I like to re-use my water so I don’t. I guess I am practical like that. This is the color that it turns without any vinegar.Natural Dye For Eggs Onion Peels

Overnight method:

Fill pot with water, add your pigmented plant based foods, then boil for 20 minutes to bring out color. Let cool. Add 1/8 cup of vinegar. Add hard boiled eggs to the cool colored water and let them soak overnight  {10-12 HOURS} in the fridge.

Natural Dyed Eggs with Onion Peels

What Foods Can I Use To Naturally Dye My Eggs?

You can use any edible plant based food that has pigment.

Easter Egg Color Chart for Natural Dyes

This is a beautiful image from a blog post on Waldorf Today. They have a great collection of natural dyed eggs.

How to Boil the Perfect Egg

Add the eggs to cool water in a pan. Bring to a boil and let it bubble for 11 minutes. Turn the heat off and let cool. Remove the eggs and then you can use the onion water to start your own homemade vegetable stock.

What foods have you used to dye your eggs naturally?



One Comment on “Dye Your Easter Eggs Naturally

  1. LOVE IT!!!! My grandma use to use the onion skins – she also saved the juice from pickled beets – WHAT A BEAUTIFUL COLOR!!!! (Oh, it doesn’t taste like pickled beets – although, in this case, I don’t think it would have been a hinderance . . .) Have a good one 🙂 Donna

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