Check out the organic egg dye recipe from Natural Grocers – and yes! You can use brown eggs!
Note: Natural dyes can stain clothing and preparation areas, so be sure to protect accordingly.
Scroll for Natural Grocers “How-To” video below.
ORGANIC EGG DYE
Prep Time: 45 minutes | Total time: 5 – 24 hours
Makes 12 eggs
- 12 Natural Grocers Brand Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs, hard boiled and cooled completely
- 2 cups org purple cabbage, coarsely chopped (blue dye)
- 2 cups org red beets, coarsely chopped (red dye)
- 2 Tablespoons org ground turmeric (yellow dye)
- 12 cups of water
- 6 tablespoons organic distilled white vinegar
- Crayons, rubber bands, and/or masking tape for adding designs and pictures, optional
- Empty egg carton for drying eggs
- Add four cups of water each, to three separate saucepans, add the beets to one saucepan, the cabbage to another, and the turmeric to the third. Bring the mixtures to a boil, partially cover the pans and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes. Note; Gently stir the turmeric mixture as it comes to a boil to prevent foam from boiling over.
- Strain the beets and cabbage, one at a time, through a fine mesh strainer into their own glass jars or bowls. Allow the turmeric pan to rest off the heat for several minutes for the powder to settle to the bottom of the pan. Slowly pour off the water into its own glass jar or bowl, leaving as much of the wet powder in the pan as possible. Don’t worry if some of the turmeric powder makes it into the dye mixture.
- Transfer dyes to the refrigerator and allow them to cool for at least two hours.
- Once the dyes are cooked, mix two tablespoons of vinegar into each color. Then make additional colors as desired in separate jars or bowls by combining any 1:1 ratio, for example:
• 3/4 blue + 3/4 red = purple
• 3/4 yellow + 3/4 red = orange
- If desired, add designs by drawing on the eggs with crayons, wrapping them tightly fitted rubber bands or cutting designs out of tape and securely adhering them to the eggs.
- Dye the EGGS
- Gently add the eggs to prepared dyes using a slotted spoon. You can add several eggs to each dye at once, just make sure the eggs are completely submerged. Allow eggs to remain in the due for two hours, up to 24 hours (in the refrigerator), check the color occasionally. The longer they stay in the dye, the darker the final color will be. Gently remove the eggs from the dye with a slotted spoon once your desired color is reached.
- Allow dyed eggs to dry completely in an empty egg carton. If you wrapped the eggs with rubber bands or used the tape method, allow eggs to try completely before removing. Be sure to store your dyed eggs in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.
Note: Brown eggs make beautiful, jewel tones with these organic dyes.
Photos and recipe by Vitamin cottage, Inc.