Today we colored our Easter eggs. I wanted to try dying them with natural ingredients since I boiled them and will make deviled eggs with them for Easter. I am wary of the chemicals in the packaged dye from the store, so I grabbed some ingredients from the pantry and started experimenting. I wasn't sure what would work, but I figured that if it stained my little guys clothes when he ate it, then it would probably stain an egg shell, too. I'm not gonna lie, this took me a half of a day, easy, to get the eggs stained a decent color because of all of my trial and error. But that will make it easier for you, since I figured out what worked and what didn't. First off, the things that did not work for me were broccoli, juice (grape and cranberry), beet juice and green tea. Maybe if you left the eggs in them to soak overnight it might work, but my little guy had no patience for that. The ingredients that did work for us and dyed the eggs fairly quickly were turmeric, paprika, blueberries and red cabbage.
For the turmeric and paprika, I took about 3-4 tablespoons and boiled it in 1/2 cup water and 2-3 tablespoons white vinegar. I just let it boil a few minutes and then waited for it to cool. I poured it into cups and we set the eggs in them. The paprika took abot 30-40 minutes to color the eggs a nice, bright orange color. The turmeric colored the eggs a light yellow in 5-10 minutes and a much brighter yellow if left in about 30 minutes. I smashed the blueberries and chopped the red cabbage and boiled them seperately in 1/2 cup water and 3 tablespoons white vinegar, also. I drained the liquid from the pots into the cups for coloring. The eggs from the red cabbage came out a blue color and the blueberries came out any where from lavender to dark purple depending on how long we left the eggs in the dye. The blueberries and the turmeric were our favorites because of the range of colors they produced quickly, depending on how long they stayed in the dye.
I am so happy with the way our eggs came out and I feel good knowing that they were dyed with no harmful chemicals. It takes a little more patience, since the natural ingredients take longer to stain the egg shell, but my little guy played while they were in the dye and came back to check on them every now and then. I let him decide when the color was to his liking and then we would take them out. He loved watching the process of the eggs changing colors!