Avoid Food Dyes and Color Easter Eggs Naturally

by Dagmar Bleasdale on March 28, 2013

Color Easter Eggs Naturally. DagmarBleasdale.com

Ever wondered how to dye eggs naturally and avoid those unhealthy food dyes for Easter?

I cringe at the sight of bright food dyes. I grew up in Germany without them. They not only make food look unnaturally and unnecessarily colorful, they are plain unhealthy.

Food dyes have been linked to cancer, hyperactivity, and some kids are even allergic to food colors.

I don’t buy anything with food coloring, and I’m the mom who scrapes off the blue frosting from the birthday cake when Landon goes to birthday parties.

There’s simply no need for food dyes. They don’t enhance the flavor of food, and they are chemicals I don’t want in my son’s body.

So this year I dyed Easter eggs with natural dyes. It was really easy, and I love the results.

What You’ll Need to Color Easter Eggs Naturally

  • white eggs
  • vinegar
  • salt
  • glass jars or deep bowls (I used mason jars)
  • a pot
  • for blue eggs: purple cabbage or blueberries (can be frozen)
  • for yellow eggs: a few teaspoons of turmeric or curry
  • for pink eggs: chopped beets
  • for green eggs: chopped spinach
  • for orange eggs: paprika spice

Tutorial to Color Easter Eggs Naturally

Boil a dozen eggs for 10+ minutes to make hard-boiled eggs. Make a few extra just in case some crack. (If they do, just make alien eggs, which are described below!)

I made two colors — blue and yellow – and I used red cabbage out of a jar and curry powder.

You will do the same thing for every colors:

  • Chop up two cups of the ingredients or add several teaspoons of the spice
  • Add two cups of water and a tablespoon of salt to a pot and let the mixture boil for ten minutes
  • Strain the dye, put it into a glass container, add a tablespoon of vinegar, and then add the egg

Let the egg sit in the dye for a while – the longer you wait, the more vibrant the color will be. To make the dark blue egg took about three hours, for example.

I’d dyes one egg at a time so they will be evenly colored.

Have fun with the design of the eggs: if you mark them with wax, that part won’t get colored. I love how my blue egg with wax turned out, and I made one more with L’s initial.

You can also put a rubber band around the egg before lowering it into the dye, which will leave lines. I did that with my yellow egg, but it’s hard to see.

If you think these colors aren’t exciting enough, just add little stickers to the eggs.

Bonus Idea: Alien Egg

color easter eggs naturally, alien egg. DagmarBleasdale.com

I remembered seeing an “alien” egg on Pinterest and tried making one. Since the colors are more subtle compared to conventional food dyes, the results are not as stunning, but my son loved how the alien egg turned out.

Crack the shell of the hard-boiled egg by hitting it on the table, and then dye it.

A small amount of dye will make it through the shell and get deposited on the egg white. Since the dyes are natural, the eggs are edible.

Have fun coloring your Easter eggs naturally this year! It’s healthier, plus you’ll avoid dumping all that fake dye down the drain.

Have you ever colored Easter eggs with natural colors?

{This post first appeared on MothersOrganicHealth.com.}

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Rose's DIY Crafts, at FineCraftGuild March 29, 2015 at 3:37 PM

I prefer sticking to naturalness too! I live tumeric as a colorant, and beets. I might try your cabbage ideas. Red cabbage could be good. Mmmm… Thank you for these ideas here. And, since your natural eggs look so beautiful, I’d like to invite you to link it up at our SHARE IT party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/share-it-sunday-linky-party/ That would be terrific! ~ Rose


Dagmar Bleasdale March 30, 2015 at 8:08 PM

Thank you for the invitation, Rose!


Markey March 31, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Great info! Dyes sure are a problem and all parents need to know that. Are you aware of the support group Feingold Association? It’s got me through the rest of the year too as to getting through those holidays where food dyes seem to be king.


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