Easter eggs

How to Dye Easter Eggs With Plants

Creating Plant-Based Dyes

The best thing about dyeing your Easter eggs with plants? You have weeks ahead of eating deviled eggs, egg salad. Plus, it’s super easy and only calls for a veggie, a fruit, a spice, distilled white vinegar and, of course, hard-boiled eggs. Raw beets are used for pinks and reds; blueberries create blues and purples; and ground turmeric is the source for yellows and golds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups roughly chopped, raw beets (for pink/red)
    OR
  • 2 cups blueberries, crushed (for blue/purple)
    OR
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric (for yellow)
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Hard-boiled eggs

Put your choice of coloring ingredient (beets, blueberries or turmeric) into a small pot with 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, discarding any solids, and then stir in vinegar. Set aside to let cool until warm or room temperature.

To color eggs, submerge in dye, turning often for even coating until desired color is reached. Remove eggs with tongs, pat dry with a cotton rag or paper towel and let dry on a rack. For more colors, dye eggs first in one color, then wipe dry and dye in a second color.

You can also experiment with some of these options using the same method in the recipe above.

Some extra tips

  • Boil your eggs and make the dyes the day before to save time.
  • Set up your dye station outside to avoid messy spills.
  • Dress in old clothes that you don’t mind staining.
  • Be sure to follow food-safety guidelines for refrigerated eggs.
  • These plant-based egg dyes often produce their own mottled pattern, but you can also create designs by wrapping kitchen twine around the egg before dipping, or produce leaf patterns by placing a leaf on the egg, then wrapping it in cheesecloth.
  • You might need to adjust the amounts of ingredients to get the colors you desire.
  • The color will get deeper the longer you steep.