Are you dyeing eggs this weekend? We created some natural egg dyes for Real Simple to feature on their website last year. Lots of natural egg dye recipes are trickier than they seem. So for this project I used ingredients that you can easily find at a grocery store.  The recipes are listed below.

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natural egg dye recipes

BLUE: 1 pound frozen blueberries (about 3-1/2 cups) + 2 cup water.
On the stovetop, bring frozen blueberries and water to a boil in a pot. Boil 5 minutes. Pour colored liquid into a cup or bowl, straining out the blueberries with a strainer. Stir in 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.

YELLOW: 2 Tablespoons turmeric + 2 cups water.
On the stovetop, bring turmeric and water to a boil in a pot. Boil 5 minutes. Pour colored liquid into a cup or bowl. Stir in 1 Tablespoon vinegar.

GREEN: In a bowl or cup, mix one part blue liquid with one part yellow liquid.

ORANGE: 2 Tablespoons paprika + 2 cups water.
On the stovetop, bring paprika and water to a boil in a pot. Boil 5 minutes. Pour colored liquid into a cup or bowl. Stir in 1 Tablespoon vinegar.

PINK: 12 ounces frozen raspberries (about 3-1/2 cups) + 2 cups water.
On the stovetop, bring frozen raspberries and water to a boil in a pot. Boil 5 minutes. Pour colored liquid into a cup or bowl, straining out the raspberries with a strainer. Stir in 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.

BROWN: 1/4 cup instant coffee granules + 2 cups boiling water.
In a cup or bowl, stir coffee granules and boiling water together. Add 1 Tablespoon vinegar.

For darker colors, use the dye when it’s hot. Plan on leaving your eggs in their dye for 15-30 minutes for maximum color. The natural colors will deepen overnight. The natural dyes can flavor boiled eggs, so I don’t recommend eating these colored eggs.

natural egg dye recipes

natural egg dyes

You can see all of the details on Real Simple. Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat.

One Comment

  1. That is really neat… I think I will have to try this.

    Jenette Conde    Friday, April 6, 2012

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