Dye Your Eggs Naturally For Easter!

Love eggs? Meh, I don’t like eggs! I’ve never liked fried eggs, scrambled eggs, omelets or any other way to eat eggs “a’la carte.” It does make me a bit of a weirdo, and it does kind of limit my breakfast options at restaurants. Which is why I like Hardee’s restaurants “Down South,” where you can get breakfast biscuit sandwiches with JUST chicken (no eggs, no pork).

Even though I don’t happen to like eating eggs, Easter IS coming up, which means many people will be hard-boiling and dyeing eggs.

There are lots of alternatives to those artificial “color kits” you can buy for dyeing eggs in grocery stores. Here’s one such “recipe,” from a friend’s grandmother you can try, which will produce eggs that look like this:

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Place a dozen raw eggs in a saucepan and cover with water.  Add 1/4 cup white vinegar (or cider vinegar) to water.  Remove only the looser, darker, and driest skins from 3-5lb of yellow onions (the more skins you use the darker the eggs will be) and submerge skins in water with eggs.  Bring eggs to boil, reduce heat to simmer and boil about 15 minutes to cook and dye eggs.  You’ll get a more even color if you gently and occasionally roll the eggs around in the boiling liquid (but sometimes they just come out spotty anyway).  Once you rinse and cool the eggs the dye will be fixed.

You could also try drawing designs in white crayon on eggs before boiling them, with the thought being that the residual wax will not be dyed, leaving designs on the eggs (though our friend says he’s never had any luck with this).

My husband wanted to experiment with his own “natural” dyes on Monday. He used red onion skins and turmeric:

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Unsure if he used vinegar or not, but he was pleased with the “golden” color which resulted! For the record, the flavors/colors of the dyes do not seep into the eggs themselves through the shells.

 

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