How To Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring or Natural Colors

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Here’s the ultimate guide to dead Easter eggs. Learn how to dye Easter eggs using food coloring or natural colors.

Is Easter egg dye edible?

It’s important to know if your Easter egg dye is edible, especially if you’re going to eat the eggs. While natural dyes are edible, not all store-bought Easter egg dyes are edible. If you’re using store-bought dyes, be sure to read the label carefully to see if they’re edible, as each dye will be different. Homemade dyes using food coloring are always a safe bet.

How to Dye Eggs Green Naturally?

Getting a beautiful green egg is a necessity for many families and children! Dyeing eggs naturally green requires two steps. First, you have to dye it yellow with a mixture of turmeric and vinegar. Then, once your egg is browned, put it in a natural blue dye, such as a purple cabbage and vinegar mixture. How green you end up with depends on how long you let the eggs sit in both mixtures.

Can You Dye Brown Eggs Naturally?

Not only can you dye brown eggs naturally, but many would argue that you end up with a more beautiful color than a typical dyed white egg. The only thing to consider is if your eggs come from your own hens in your home, make sure you wash them before starting.

Aerial view of red cabbage, red onions, a bowl of turmeric, beets and yellow onions, all labeled with the colors they will stain eggs.
There are five pots on the stove with different ingredients in each pot.

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Natural Colors

  1. Use this color guide and place the designated items in the pan.
  2. Pour in 2-3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-30 minutes until desired color is achieved.
  4. Strain the liquid dye into the container used to dye the eggs and discard the solids.
  5. Soak hard-boiled eggs in liquid for 30 minutes to 24 hours, or until eggs reach desired color.

Natural Color Guide:

  • blue: 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • Lavender: 1 cup red onion skins
  • pink red: 1 cup chopped beets
  • orange: 1 cup yellow onion skins
  • yellow: 2 tbsp turmeric powder
Five glass jars filled with food coloring and an egg in the red glass jar.food coloring

Pro Tip: How to Make Eggs Easier to Peel

Older eggs are easier to peel because as the egg ages gas is released that helps separate the peel from the egg. We’ve tested a number of ways to make eggs easier to peel, but we’ve found that the best and most consistent method is steaming the eggs or poaching them in an electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot). Check out our article on how to boil eggs for more information.

  • steaming, put the eggs in a steamer, cover and place them on a saucepan filled with cold water. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let eggs steam for 12 minutes. Transfer to an ice bath to cool completely and stop the cooking process.
  • For Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot), place the eggs on the rack. Pour 1 cup of cold water into the bottom. Close the lid. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes, then natural release for 4 minutes, then place in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
Basket full of dyed eggs.

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Basket full of dyed eggs.

Here’s the ultimate guide to dead Easter eggs. Learn how to dye Easter eggs using food coloring or natural colors.

Preparation time 20 minute

cooking time 12 minute

natural soaking time 1 sky

total time 32 minute

raw material

  • 12 big egg
  • 5-15 drop liquid food coloring various colors
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar each color

instruct

  • Put the eggs on the bottom of the pan. Be sure not to crowd the eggs in the pan. They should be comfortable to wear. Pour cold water into the pot, 1 inch above the eggs.

  • Bring the water to a rapid boil on the stovetop over high heat. When the water boils, cover the pot and remove the pot from the heat. Do not lift the lid. Set the timer for 12 minutes.

  • Fill a large bowl with ice and water. When the eggs have reached the desired cooking time, use tongs to remove the eggs from the hot water and submerge lightly in the prepared ice water to cool, about 10 minutes.

  • Prepare several bowls or plastic cups, one of each color. Add 5 drops of liquid food coloring to the bottom of each container. Pour 1 cup of water into each container. Add vinegar 1 tablespoon each and stir. Add up to 10 drops of food coloring for desired color. Repeat this process for each color.

  • After the eggs have cooled, dip the eggs in the dye for about 3-5 minutes until the desired color is achieved. Remove the eggs from the container with a slotted spoon and let dry. Store in the refrigerator.

notes

Natural Dyes Instructions
You can easily make your own natural dyes for Easter eggs.

  1. Use this color guide and place the designated items in the pan.
  2. Pour in 2-3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-30 minutes until desired color is achieved.
  4. Strain the liquid dye into the container used to dye the eggs and discard the solids.
  5. Soak hard-boiled eggs in liquid for 30 minutes to 24 hours, or until eggs reach desired color.


blue: 1 cup chopped red cabbage
Lavender: 1 cup red onion skins
pink red: 1 cup chopped beets
orange: 1 cup yellow onion skins
yellow: 2 tbsp turmeric powder.

Calories: 63kcal | protein: 5G | fat: 4G | Saturated fat: 1G | cholesterol: 163mg | sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 60mg | Vitamin A: 240unit | calcium: 25mg | iron: 0.8mg