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.
Natural Egg Dyes using Beets and Turmeric
A throwback to the past using natural dyes for Egg coloring.
- 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
- 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.
- Bring the pot to a boil and gently boil for 30 minutes.
- 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.
- Bring the turmeric dye bath to a boil and allow to cook for 20 minutes.
- While the dyes are cooking, tightly wrap the eggs in cheesecloth with a few scattered herb leaves tucked in.
- Place the beet dye in a large mason jar and the turmeric dye in another jar.
- Gently immerse the eggs and leave in the jar for a few hours.
- When cooled off, cut off the cheesecloth and discard. Rinse the eggs and coat with oil for a sheen.