|Instead of coloring your Easter eggs the same color
you've seen year after year, do something more unique dating from the
medieval kitchen. Naturally dyed eggs are so elegant they can grace
the table at an adult dinner party, but it's the kids who most enjoy a
project like this. Parents can preboil the eggs and let children
experiment with bowls of cold dyes.
The cold-dipping method creates subtle, translucent shades, but may
result in uneven coloring unless the eggs are rotated vigilantly. For
the cold-dipping, the eggs and ingredients are boiled separately.
After the dye has cooled and been strained, immerse the eggs for 5 to
10 minutes and pat dry with a paper towel.
The boiling technique involves boiling the eggs in the dye; as the
egg heats and rolls in the boiling water, a more uniform and intense
color is produced. To dye 8 eggs with the boiling technique, use 2
tablespoons of vinegar per quart of water. Place eggs in pot
and cover with 1 inch of water. Add natural dye ingredients, bring to
a rolling boil, and reduce to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with
Natural dyes create beautiful effects, but may not be suitable for
eating. Use for decoration only.
- Sienna Tones
- 4 packed cups of red onion skins. Boil for 30 minutes to an
hour. Adjust the shade of red from light to rich crimson with
amount of skins and soaking time.
- Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of turmeric to hot water, or boil for more
- Soak hard-boiled eggs in cranberry or beet juice.
- Violet Blue
- Add violet blossoms to hot water and soak overnight. Lighten the
mixture with lemon juice to create lavender.
- Two heads (16 cups) of chopped red cabbage, 2 additional quarts
of water and 6 additional tablespoons of white vinegar. Soak
overnight for a deep royal blue
- Add ¼ teaspoon baking soda to Violet Blue mixture or boil eggs
- Soak hard-boiled eggs in grape juice
- For soft pinks and blues, rub eggshells with blueberries and
- 4 packed cups of yellow onion skins. Boil for 30 minutes to an
hour. Adjust the shade of beige with amount of skins and soaking
- Rich Brown
- Boil eggs in 1 quart of coffee