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Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

With the Easter Bunny hopping right around the corner, we're getting excited about a fun spring activity: dyeing Easter eggs! Instead of the traditional dye tablets, we decided to use fruits, veggies and even teas to dye our Easter eggs. Many of these natural ingredients can be found around your house and offer a fun twist that the whole family will love!

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

These dyed eggs will come out with a matte finish with very natural-looking colors. Here are some coloring ideas to get you started. Feel free to experiment with different foods and share your results with us! Pick fruits, veggies, or tea with vibrant colors for the best effects. 

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

  • Green: Spinach or Matcha Tea
  • Blue to Purple: Red Cabbage or Blueberries
  • Yellow: Turmeric Powder
  • Pink or Red: Beets, Cranberry Juice, or Brewed Passion Tea
  • Brown: Brewed Coffee or Brewed Black Tea
  • Maroon: Yellow Onion Skins
Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

General Instructions Using Fruits or Veggies

  1. Chop up fruit or vegetable and add to stock pot. Use a different pot for each color you plan to make. Cover ingredients completely with water.
  2. Boil for 20 minutes or until desired strength is achieved (darker dyes will be able to stain eggs more easily).
  3. Strain each liquid into separate mason jars or into separate bowls. Allow to cool.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp. of vinegar (per each cup of liquid reserved) to each color.
  5. Decorate hard-boiled eggs and add into the liquid dye. Place in refrigerator and allow to steep 30 minutes (or up to overnight) until desired color is achieved.

 

General Instructions Using Turmeric Powder

  1. Place 1 Tbsp. turmeric powder for every 2 cups of water into a stock pot. 
  2. Boil for 20 minutes or until desired strength is achieved (darker dyes will be able to stain eggs more easily).
  3. Strain each liquid into separate mason jars or into separate bowls. Allow to cool.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp. of vinegar (per each cup of liquid reserved).
  5. Decorate hard-boiled eggs and add into the liquid dye. Place in refrigerator and allow to steep for 30 minutes (or up to overnight) until desired color is achieved.

 

General Instructions Using Tea

  1. Steep 3-4 tea bags per every 1 cup of hot water for 10-15 minutes. Remove tea bags and let cool.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp. vinegar per cup of liquid.
  3. Decorate hard-boiled eggs and add into the liquid dye. Place in refrigerator and allow to steep for 30 minutes (or up to overnight) until desired color is achieved.

 

Recipes Using Hard-Boiled Eggs

Don't know how to use up all of those hard-boiled eggs? Here are a few recipes to try!

Greek Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs: 3 Ways

Egg and Ham Muffin Melts

Egg & Ham Muffin Melts

 

Have a question about nutrition? Our Mealtime Mentors would love to help! Reach out at AskFestivalDietitians.comor find them on FacebookInstagramPinterest and Twitter.

 

Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.

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