Basic Recipe for Natural Dyes
4 cups of water
2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
2 Cups Chopped Veggies/Fruit/Flowers of Choice
OR 2 TB Chosen Spice (Turmeric or Paprika work well)
Directions: In a sauce pan, add 4 cups of water and 2 TB of white vinegar. Add chopped veggies, fruit, flowers or chosen spice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low rolling boiling and cook for about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool for about 15 minutes before putting dry hardboiled eggs in solution. You may pour the dye into bowls or dye eggs in pan. Keep in mind that since these are natural dyes, you need to submerge eggs completely and let sit in solution for a couple of hours. This is not a quick method, but I found it to be very satisfying, knowing that I was using all natural ingredients and everything was non-toxic The colors are beautiful and more subtle than artificial dye. Here were my combinations–keep in mind, I experimented over 3 days and used white eggs:
*Turmeric = Bright Yellow
*Red Cabbage = Blue
*Turmeric + Red Cabbage = Green
Raspberries = Pink
Red Beets = Dark Purple
Paprika = Orange
Yellow Onion Skins + Carrots = Pale Orange
Calendula flowers + Turmeric = Yellowish/Orange
Older eggs make for easier peeling, so check the expiration dates or buy eggs days before you actually hard boil them.
1) Remove eggs from refrigerator and let sit out for about 15 minutes so they’re not as cold.
2) Put the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan, covered by at least an inch or two of cold water.
3) Turn stove on to medium and increase the heat after water is gently boiling. Gently bringing the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking.
4) After boiling for 5 minutes, turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in pan for 5-7 more minutes. Even if you forget about them for about 20 minutes, with this method, it’s almost impossible to overcook your eggs.
5) Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place them into a bowl of ice water.Once cooled, pull eggs out and dry. They are now ready for dying.