I can hardly believe that up until this point I had never used natural methods to dye my Easter eggs. Why???? The colors found in nature are so much more beautiful than what can be found in a grocery store dye kit tablet. Natural color options are endless in their variety – Just a few items from my fridge and pantry gave me three different shades of blue, each more beautiful than the last.
My favorite has to be the eggs dyed with blueberry. The deep blue eggs in the center of the above photograph were dyed with blueberry and I am positive that I have never seen a more gorgeous shade of blue. I let these eggs sit in the dye in the refrigerator for a good 24 hours to maximize the color. Red cabbage gave me light blue eggs, grape juice gave me a blue/purple shade(the eggs with the leaf prints were dyed in grape), coffee and turmeric gave me a golden brown egg(you could use just turmeric for yellow eggs and just coffee for a cooler brown), and hibiscus gave me black eggs. BLACK. So neat, right? These few colors are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to natural dyes. Avocado pits, onion skins, tea, carrots, cranberries, dill seed, parsley, red wine, paprika, chili powder, spinach, the options are endless!
Keep in mind that your eggs could potentially take on the flavor of whatever ingredient they are dyed in. I think next time I try this I’ll use beet juice and once the pink eggs have been admired for the color they’ll make a fabulous deviled egg.