Bold and Beautiful, All Natural Egg Dye

By April 11, 2014 April 14th, 2014 3 Comments

This is just the sort of thing I look at and say, seriously? The PAAS kit is $1.52.

But then I pondered the great possibilities of cabbage.DSC_0317Gregor kept walking past large vats of vegetables and spices, shaking his head. “I just don’t understand…”

I know. But occasionally we like to try being Martha.

The best thing about this experiment, was playing chemist with the kids.DSC_0254 Here are the eggs our hens so lovingly layed. We used the brown, too.

cabbageThis was the only thing I purchased specifically for eggs. The rest was in the fridge or cupboard.

DSC_0248 Cabbage is so naturally beautiful

DSC_0258 Red onion skins

DSC_0259 I took a picture of the tumeric and it gave me a reflection of spring, coming

DSC_0260 The cloves gave me a shot of the sky

DSC_0263Beet juice and Cloves

DSC_0267Dill and Tumeric working magic.

I kind of felt like a witch above her cauldron.


Boil eggs (I actually don’t boil mine; I just use raw and try not to drop)

Keep boiled water for dying

Bowls should be deep enough for eggs to sink to bottom and be completely covered.

Add Ingredients to pots and pour boiling water on top. Let sit awhile (1/2 hour?) so the color from the ingredients can seep out. It won’t work if you don’t do this! Also, don’t add raw eggs until water is cool. They will crack.DSC_0270For Azure Blue: Boil 1/2 head of red cabbage on stovetop for about 1/2 hour. Spoon out cabbage and eat. Or not. Let cool. Add 2 tbsp white vinegar, 2 tbsp salt. Add eggies!

DSC_0288Perhaps a beautiful orange color? Boil 3 cups water, 1/2 a bag of carrots, 1 orange peel, and 4 skins of yellow onion. Let cool. Add 2 tbsp white vinegar, 2 tbsp salt, and eggs.

DSC_0291And this would be the dinosaur eggs. Dill was supposed to turn it green. Oh well.  3 Cups Boiling water, 3 tbsp dill seed. Add 2 tbsp white vinegar, 2 tbsp salt, and eggs.DSC_0294 Lemon yellow: 3 cups boiling water, 3 tbsp tumeric. Add 2 tbsp white vinegar, 2 tbsp salt, and eggs. 

It really…smells.DSC_0303Clove Brown: 3 Cups Boiling water, 3 tbsp Cloves. Add 2 tbsp white vinegar, 2 tbsp salt, and eggs.

This had a particularly potent odor. DSC_0310I was hoping for red, but beet juice gives a light brownish…so we basically dyed our white eggs to match the brown eggs.

3 cups Boiling Water, Canned Beet Juice, Skins from 3 Red Onions. Add 2 tbsp white vinegar, 2 tbsp salt, and eggs.

Cranberry juice and Paprika probably would have worked better. DSC_0323And there you have it, your very own colorful palate of naturally dyed eggs.

In addition, you’ll get a perplexed husband, a wonderfully(?) aromatic home, and kids playing chemist.

If this freaks you out, go buy the kit. We have so many eggs, we’re trying that route tomorrow, but I do like how there is no downside to actually eating or touching these natural dyes.

Looking for more? Try some Easter Egg bread. Delicious and beautiful for Palm Sunday or the Easter meal. Also, a very Happy Passover to my Jewish friends!



  • Tina Muir says:

    Wow! How interesting! This is going to be great, and I love how some of them turned out, particuarly the yellow 🙂 Now we finally know how dangerous food dyes are for us, this is a great thing to know!

  • Julia Tomiak says:

    Go Martha! I mean Amy. Very adventurous and clever. For red, why not pomegranate juice? The way those babies stain my fingers, I’m sure they’d make awesome egg dye!
    Happy Easter!

  • Lindsey says:

    You don’t boil your eggs?!?! You rebel, you! Great job with the natural dyes! Maybe some day when my kids are a little older and I actually have room to breath again – for now the PAAS box for $1.52 will have to do! (LOVE the picture of the reflection in the cloves! Very artsy!)

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