One method to dyeing eggs with natural dyes is to put raw eggs in a pot with water, vinegar, and a dye material like dry onion skins, then simmer this mixture for 20-30 minutes. When they’re done the eggs will be a gorgeous shade of yellow… and taste like onions. Eeeeewwwww! I also found out that some natural dyes may be toxic depending on what dye material you use. Since everyone in my family LOVES boiled eggs I’m thinking that toxic dyes and onion-flavored eggs aren’t going to work for us.
Another method for dyeing eggs with natural dyes is to boil the eggs ahead of time, then boil the dye material in vinegar water separately. When the dye is as dark as you want you put the eggs in and let them sit overnight. That’s an easy method, but we won’t be able to make our traditional striped and plaid eggs… unless we start on them tonight! I didn’t find out if these eggs will taste like the dye material too, but wouldn’t be surprised if they do – eggshells are permeable after all.
So now I don’t know how we’re going to dye our eggs this year. I was really looking forward to using natural dyes but don’t want to risk toxic dyes or nasty flavored eggs; those little pellets are looking better and better to me all the time. I’m not ready to throw in the towel quite yet though!
Do you dye Easter eggs? What do you use to color them?