Natural Egg Dyes using Beets and Turmeric

When I was a kid, I remember my Polish Babci using onion skins to dye Easter Eggs. I never realized that her natural dye method would make a come back! It makes so much sense to re-purpose items around the house and it is much more natural and money saving.  I didn’t have enough onion skins for a dye bath this year, but I knew I would find a great alternative.

I love to cook beets and it seems I always have them on hand. I recently read how you can use the beet juice as an Egg dye as well. I also used Turmeric dye because it was so very easy to do, I used a herb leave wrap to add a bit of patterning to the outcome.

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Patterning on the eggs

Natural Egg Dyes using Beets and Turmeric

A throwback to the past using natural dyes for Egg coloring.

Ingredients

  • a bunch of 4 beets
  • 12 hard-boiled white eggs
  • 1 c. white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 6-8 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. turmeric
  • *cheesecloth and herbs to wrap eggs in for added dimension

Directions

  1. Wash and peel the beets placing them and the stalks, no leaves, in a enamel pot with 3-4 cups of water, 2 tbsp. vinegar and 1 tsp. salt.
  2. Bring the pot to a boil and gently boil for 30 minutes.
  3. While the beet dye bath is cooking, place 3-4  cups of water in another enamel pot with 2 tbsp. turmeric, 1 tsp. salt, and 2 tbsp. vinegar.
  4. Bring the turmeric dye bath to a boil and allow to cook for 20 minutes.
  5. While the dyes are cooking, tightly wrap the eggs in cheesecloth with a few scattered herb leaves tucked in.
  6. Place the beet dye in a large mason jar and the turmeric dye in another jar.IMG_1203
  7. Gently immerse the eggs and leave in the jar for a few hours.
  8. When cooled off, cut off the cheesecloth and discard. Rinse the eggs and coat with oil for a sheen.
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