My mission today was to color hard-boiled eggs for Easter tomorrow. I decided earlier in the week that I was going to use natural dyes instead of buying the Paas brand dyes. I found many recipes on Pinterest, but decided to try it out on my own with a trial and error approach. In the beginning of the egg dyeing Eggstravaganza I picked only 4 different dyes: red beets(red/pink), carrots(yellow/orange), spinach(green), and coffee/tea (tan).
I was soon realizing some of the dyes were not coming out to the colors I had hoped they would. The water in the saucepan with the carrots was not any color and same with the spinach; I boiled them to death, I thought so anyways. By the end of the afternoon, I had added blueberries and chili powder. The colors that turned out the best were the blueberries, red beets and black tea.
I did break down the cost of using my own natural dyes compared to store-bought.
- red beets: $0.99 /lb – 1.16lbs = $1.15 ; I used only half of the beets = $0.55~
- carrots: $0.99/lb – 1lb= $0.99 ; used about 3 large (.25/lb)= $0.25
- spinach: $2.99/5 ozs; used 2 ozs (2 cups packed) = $1.30 ~
- black tea: had in pantry = $0
- frozen blueberries: had in freezer = $0
- chili powder: had in pantry = $0
- large eggs : $0.49 dozen
Total cost: $2.59 !!
The total cost might be cheaper if not equivalent to the store-bought dyes. I was very happy how little all the ingredients cost me and knowing the dyes are all natural rather than the store-bought ones that have artificial coloring and who knows what else.
I do have to tell you how I got a dozen eggs for only $0.49. Target was running a special price on their large eggs for only $0.99 and I happened to have a coupon for $1 off when you buy 2. They were practically giving them away for free!!
Here is my recipe that I used for dyeing the eggs:
- 1 dozen large eggs (hard-boiled)
Place each of the following ingredients in 2 cups of water in separate saucepans. So, ideally you would have 6 separate saucepans, if you are lucky enough to have that many.
- 1 cup fresh/frozen blueberries (blue/purple)
- 1 Tbl chili powder (orange color)
- 2 ozs (2 cups packed) baby spinach (green)
- 3 large carrots (peeled and chopped) (yellow)
- 4 black tea bags (tan)
- 7 ozs red beets (peeled and chopped) (pink/red)
- Place each of the ingredients in their own saucepan with the water and boil for 25+ minutes.
- strain the ingredients through a fine mesh strainer; either keep the strained ingredients for later use or discard.
- pour liquid in a coffee mug add 1-2 tsp white distilled vinegar and stir.
- cool liquid to room temperature
- gently drop hard-boiled eggs in each mug
- keep eggs in liquid until desired color is achieved.
3 + hours later here is what my finished eggs look like!!
I will have to work on better coloring for next year.
Happy Easter everyone!
Better go to bed, Easter Bunny is coming! 🙂
Have you tried the natural dye route for your easter eggs this year?
Do you have any family traditions on Easter?