Have you ever thought about dyeing your own easter eggs with foods from your fridge? It’s easier than you think! No Red #40 or Yellow #5 here, these eggs are dyed from food you may already have in the fridge right now. You can even use this dye to naturally color frosting too! Try out these natural Easter egg dye ideas with your kids – you might be surprised.
What We Used for Colors
- Blue = 2 Cups of Blueberries
- Purple = 2 Cups of chopped Red Cabbage
- Orange = 2 Cups of Yellow Onion Skins
- Red = 2 Cups of Beets
- Yellow = 2 Tablespoons of Turmeric
- Magenta = 2 Cups of Red Onion Skins
How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dye
1. Add 2 Cups of the desired vegetable or fruit into 2 cups of water and 1 TBPS salt. Boil veggie/fruit in the salt water for 15 minutes.
1. Strain the fruit/vegetables with a colander into a glass food storage container with lid, and add 2 TBSP White Vinegar. Set aside or put in fridge to cool. (If you plan to use some dye for frosting, set aside some dye before you add the vinegar.)
3. Hard boil eggs. (Bring water to a boil, add eggs, put lid on pot, turn off heat for 10 minutes.) We boiled 24 eggs for 3 kids to dye. Or, make them in an Instant Pot!
4. We put each dye into clear plastic cups with plastic spoons – enough for 1 egg. Each child dyed 6 eggs. We placed the eggs in the cups and stopped to eat lunch (30 minutes) and got the eggs out of the cups after lunch for the reveal!
When you dye eggs naturally, you can use the ingredients in so many other ways! Reuse/repurpose the fruit and vegetables after it’s boiled.
- When you strain the blueberries, set aside and use to top vanilla ice cream or yogurt.
- Use the beets to add some flavor and color to your salad or top your quinoa with some goat cheese and the cooked beets.
- Just kidding. Boiled cabbage, just throw in the garbage!
- You can store the left over dye in the fridge for up to 3 months. Remember If you want to naturally dye frosting for cupcakes, set aside the dye before you put in the vinegar.
- To add some variety, we wrapped some of the eggs in rubber bands, on others we put a dollop of coconut oil in the middle of plastic wrap to wraped around the egg and massaged. Unwrap from the plastic and dunk into dye. This gave the eggs a splotchy and spotted look.
What else can you use? Coffee? Tea? Tomato sauce?!? Ask your kids to choose a food and experiment with what color they think it will be? The kids were amazed at the colors they got from food from the refrigerator!
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Rachel Brown is a foodie by heart and Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator by trade. A mother of two young children, she is always searching for fun and exciting things to eat and create as a family. Rachel moved here from Nashville, TN in 2016 and is enjoying exploring Huntsville and all the exciting things happening here. You can follow her exciting Huntsville foodie finds on her Instagram @RocketCityDietitian or on FaceBook as Rocket City Dietitian.