Dyeing Easter Eggs: Nature's Way

Try a new take on coloring your eggs this Easter with natural dyes - actually use highly pigmented foods to color your eggs rather than those little tablets. It's a great way to teach your kids and grandkids about various foods. Robin’s Egg Blue

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  • 2 C. coarsely chopped red cabbage

  • 2 tsp. distilled white vinegar

Vivid Pink

  • 2 large beets, peeled & shredded

  • 2 tsp . distilled white vinegar

Tropical Orange

  • 2 C. loosely packed yellow onion skins

  • 2 tsp. distilled white vinegar

Spicy Yellow

  • 1 Tbsp. ground turmeric

  • 1 pinch of saffron

  • 1 tsp. white vinegar


For blue, pink, orange and yellow, combine the ingredients along with 4 cups water in a pan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes to extract the color and reduce the liquid. Let it cool and strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Add cold water to bring the total to 3 cups if necessary.

Deep Purple

  • 1 C. thawed frozen Concord grape juice concentrate

  • 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar

  • 3 C. water

Stir ingredients together in a bowl.