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Color Eggs Naturally

If you’re one of the good eggs shopping with us to avoid artificial coloring (among other reasons), when you get home, why mess up a good thing? You can easily color your Easter eggs using nature’s own bright vivid colors from fruits, vegetables and spices.

Try our eggcellent recipe for Naturally Dyed Eggs using turmeric, blueberries and beets, and see for yourself!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • Your choice of coloring ingredients (below)
  • Hard-boiled eggs (here’s our recipe for the perfect hard-cooked eggs)

Coloring ingredients

Yellow 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

Blue/Purple 2 cups blueberries, crushed

Pink/Red 2 cups roughly chopped raw beets

Method

Put water and your choice of coloring ingredient into a small pot and bring to
a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, discarding any solids, then stir in vinegar. Set aside to let cool until warm or room temperature.

To color eggs, submerge in dye, turning often for even coating, until desired color. For more colors, dye eggs first in one color, then wipe dry and dye in a second color.

Experiment with other colorful ingredients such as red cabbage, blackberries, coffee, tea, ground paprika or grape juice, too, if you like.

Remember: Every whole egg we sell is cage-free!

Have you ever dyed eggs naturally? If so, which fruits, vegetables or spices did you use?