You guys! I did it! I actually did made my own, natural, homemade Easter egg dyes from fresh (orrrr, maybe not so fresh) produce I had in my fridge as well as spices from my cabinet. I was shocked it actually worked!! So I guess that’s it, I’m changing the name of this blog. “DO Call Me Supermom”. Haha!
Have you noticed that those Paas dyes you buy at the supermarket often leak through the shell to the egg itself? It just doesn’t feel right to me. So this year, I looked up ways to make your own safe and natural dyes from food items you may have around the house. If you’re like me, you have great intentions at the grocery store every week. You buy all this great, fresh produce intending to make tons of healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and then you let it all rot in your crisper drawer. Well, down with Mommy guilt! When life gives you rotting produce, dye some eggs, that’s what I always say! (Okay, actually, I don’t. Because that would be pretty obtuse.)
All joking aside, you should try this! I was actually more entertained than my four year old, and that never happens in the #momlife.
I roughly chopped produce and simmered my chosen spices in water on the stovetop with a splash of vinegar. The longer you simmer, the deeper the color. 10-15 minutes seemed like plenty.
Let cool slightly (I did this for about one minute, then decided to heck with that, and added an ice cube to each cup of hot dye I ladled out.).
Add hard boiled eggs to cooled dye and let sit anywhere from several hours to overnight.
Here’s what ingredients worked:
- 3 TBS. Turmeric = made a great mustard yellow!
- 3 TBS. Paprika = a rusty orange
- Not even half of a small red cabbage = amazing robins egg blue
- One very small Beet = a half hearted pink (just needed more I think!)
Also, fun tip- everyone knows that yellow and blue make green, right? (Well, I didn’t. I always forget and I had to google it.) A ladle of turmeric dye and a ladle of red cabbage dye made a beautiful green egg!! Perfect since I made a LOT of both those colors!
Here’s what didn’t work:
- Swiss Chard
- Green Tea
I had read that the chlorophyl in spinach makes a green dye, but I didn’t want to waste my fresh, organic spinach, so I tried some wilted swiss chard…but that was a miserable failure. It didn’t really make any color at all. So I tried cilantro and green tea. It made the shade known as Ugly Brown. Green tea was supposed to work, the internet told me so! :-/
Some of my eggs were brown and didn’t take to the dye as well, of course. I expected that, but they were even just oddly splotchy instead of one synchronous color. But that’s okay-they just have a more earthy look. 🙂
Warning: Be very careful with these dyes. If you splash on counter, wipe immediately. Cover your table. Wear an old shirt. Any kind of food coloring or even regular Easter egg dyes will stain, so remember, these are no different. Except that they’re safer and not toxic to your health!
Have you ever tried any natural dyes? If so, tell me what worked and what didn’t!