If you have ever cringed when thinking about what you use when you color your Easter eggs – you must read this post!  I have been a victim of commercialization in the past, running out to the store and buying those pellets that you soak with water and vinegar or using artificial food coloring to dye my eggs.  Why not when you can have the perfect dye to color your eggs within minutes?

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All Natural Way to Dye and Color Easter Eggs

After realizing that artifical dyes contain varous chemicals and are commonly derived from petroleum products, I knew that we must do something different this year.  Some of you may say that it shouldn’t matter because you peel the colored shells off any way. But how many times have you peeled back that egg-shell and found that the hard-boiled egg is now a tinted shade of pink, blue or orange?

For our family, we didn’t want to take the chance to have artificial food coloring seep directly on or in our food, especially for the kids. 

Coloring your eggs with natural ingredients is much easier than you think! Many of the products that you use will already be in your cabinet, pantry or freezer! After you check out the natural egg coloring recipes below – be sure to check out another of our popular articles on eggs : How To Boil Eggs Easily – Even Farm Fresh Eggs!

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Use chunked red caggage to color your Easter eggs this year!
color easter eggs
Save those peels from your red onions and use to color your eggs naturally!
color easter eggs
Frozen blueberries and water is all you need to color your eggs a blue-grey color.
color easter eggs
Beets will color anything, including Easter eggs a bright pink color!
color easter eggs
Mason jars filled with room temperature natural dye – ready for the eggs!
Soak your eggs in the refrigerator overnight for the most vibrant colors!
Soak your eggs in the refrigerator overnight for the most vibrant colors!
color easter eggs
Beautiful colored easter eggs – made with all natural ingredients

How to Color Easter Eggs – Naturally!

Bluish-Gray

Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries.

Blue

Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and strain. 

Jade Green

Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 1 Tbsp. white vinegar.

Orange

Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 1 Tbsp. white vinegar.

Light Red-Orange

Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Yellow

Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.

Light yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.

Brown-Gold

Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Brown

Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.

**Use room temperature hard-boiled eggs for best results. For the most vibrant colors, keep eggs in dye overnight in the refrigerator. 

Enjoy!

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Colored Easter Eggs - Naturally!

Ingredients

  • varies - see instructions below

Instructions

Bluish-Gray

  1. Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries.

Blue

  1. Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and strain.

Jade Green

  1. Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 1 Tbsp. white vinegar.

Orange

  1. Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 1 Tbsp. white vinegar.

Light Red-Orange

  1. Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Yellow

  1. Mustard-yellow Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
  2. Various shades Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
  3. Light yellow Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.

Brown-Gold

  1. Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Brown

  1. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.

Recipe Notes

**Use room temperature hard boiled eggs for best results. For the most vibrant colors, keep eggs in dye overnight in the refrigerator.
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

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