Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

You buy organic and all-natural eggs - why not dye them in the same fashion? If you want to skip the artificial dyes this year, we suggest you turn to your kitchen for some natural dye alternatives: red and yellow onion skins, blueberries, beets, turmeric powder, and red cabbage!

DYE COLORS AND PRODUCE (for 4 eggs per color):
Burgundy: 2 red beets
Rust/Red: Skin of 2 red onions
Orange: Skin of 2 yellow onions
Yellow: 1 Tbsp turmeric powder
Teal Blue: Half of a head of red cabbage
Dark Blue/Indigo: 6 oz blueberries

For each ingredient/dye EXCEPT the blueberries and turmeric powder, simply chop it up and throw it in a pot with 1 Tbsp white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil over the stove, then cover and lower the temp to bring it to a rolling boil for 30 min.

Turn off the heat and let it to cool down for at least 2 hours while the produce saturates the liquid. The longer you wait to remove the produce, the stronger the color will be. Once cooled and saturated, strain and store your dye in the fridge for whenever you're ready to color your eggs (ideally within 48 hrs) and use the dye as if you would any other for dyeing Easter eggs.

For the blueberries, the process is the same but they do not need to be chopped. However, you'll want to "pop" them once they've softened in the hot water (but before it gets too hot to touch) to get a richer color out of them.

For the turmeric powder, hold off to prepare the mixture until you are ready to dye with the other ingredients. Simply add 1 Tbsp turmeric powder to 2 cups of hot water and 1 Tbsp white vinegar, stir, and add in the eggs.

Because our Alexandre Kids Pasture-Raised Organic Eggs are brown and won't absorb the color as quickly, you'll need to let the eggs soak in the dye for 6-8 hrs depending on how rich you want the colors to be.

We hope this post inspires you to put a spin on this Easter classic. We chose these ingredients because they were readily available, but you can attempt this process with just about any fruit or vegetable that is rich in color. Please tag us in a post (@AlexandreFamilyFarm) if you end up trying it out!