Carrot-top Yellow Easter Egg
Surprisingly, chopped carrot tops won’t get you an orange hue. For a rich yellow color, chef Olnowich suggests boiling these on the stovetop.
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- 1 quart water
- 2 -3 tablespoons of distilled vinegar
- 1 Cup carrot tops
Make Natural Easter Egg Dye with Ingredients in Your Kitchen
Use these recipes made from household ingredients to create natural egg dye in beautifully subdued shades. Leave these naturally dyed Easter eggs soaking in the refrigerator overnight for the richest colors.
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How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dye
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For a few years now, I’ve found myself lured in by natural Easter egg dye. How cool is it that you can boil vegetables, spices, berries, and more, and get gorgeous, naturally-colored Easter eggs – in every color of a rainbow, and then some – as a result?!
But I always went a little crazy. Okay – a lot crazy. I’d raid the produce department, and then I’d get home and no pot or pan would remain unturned. With colorful brews brewing away on every available surface, my kitchen would look like a witch’s coven. And I’d think, okay, so it’s fun in theory to geek out over naturally-dyed eggs, but this is just ridiculous. I don’t have time for this. I’d think, next year, I’ve got to simplify.
So this year, I did it! I simplified. I made exactly three springy, pastel, perfect-for-Easter shades for our eggs – pink, yellow, and pale blue. And it was easy – low-fuss and no-muss.
Making my vegetable-based dyes this year was so simple, I was almost stunned! The day before, I brewed up the dyes, then I sealed them up in mason jars and refrigerated them until the following day, at which point my giddy two-year-old and I happily dyed the eggs.
Hands down, our favorite hue is the gorgeous true blue that, remarkably, is created with red cabbage. The pink eggs are compliments of a beet for yellow, I needn’t look further than my spice cabinet for some ground turmeric (which, actually, is not technically a vegetable – it’s a herbaceous perennial related to ginger, but it’s close enough).
My two-year-old enjoyed dying the eggs more than I expected. It was so fun for her to plop the eggs into the dye and see how they would change color after a minute – or two, or 10, or 30. Yes – I ended up with a few cracked eggs – she is only two, after all. Oh well.
And you know what? My little one didn’t care that we didn’t end up with 24 different shades. Blue, yellow, and pink were plenty exciting – for her, and for me, too.
Would you like to know how to to make natural Easter egg dye yourself? It’s easy – so, so easy. I promise. Especially when you don’t go nuts like I used to do.
Here’s a quick graphic with the ingredients and dye times to achieve the pretty pastel shades I was going for. And below that, I’ve provided more detailed instructions.
Lesson officially learned: All you’ve got to do is keep it simple, and coloring your own Easter eggs with natural vegetable dyes is a piece of cake.
Five Ways To Naturally Color Eatser Eggs
Easter is coming at big doors, and we should already start to prepare ourselves for it. One of the most characteristic things that we do for Easter is dyeing Easter eggs. All those colorful eggs symbolizes the beginning of new life, and we all enjoy coloring and decorating Easter eggs in different colors. Today we are going to give you some recipes to naturally dye Easter eggs. Read them and find your favorite color to dye Easter eggs at an easy and natural way.
1. Green Easter Egg Dye Recipe
Did you know that spinach is not only good to give you force and Popeye’s power when you eat it, but it can be perfect to color naturally green eggs for Easter? Well, if you didn’t, here is the way you can get perfect green color to dye Easter eggs. Just combine cooked spinach with vinegar and a hardboiled egg and you will have the most beautiful earth colored Easter eggs in just a second.
2. Pink Easter Egg Dye Recipe
If pink eggs are your favorite, but you can find the best shade in the store, then you can make it at your own home. Mix two cups of water, two cups peeled, grated beets and 1 tablespoon per cup of liquid of vinegar. This mixture will dye the most beautiful pink Easter eggs ever at a natural way without using artificial colors.
3. Orange Easter Egg Dye Recipe
If you were planning to throw away onion peels after peeling the onions to prepare some lunch, don’t do it. There is an alternative way to use onion peels that you didn’t know. We present you an easy to do orange Easter egg dye recipe. To get the most beautiful orange Easter eggs all you need is 2 cups of yellow onion peels, enough water to cover skins by 1 inch and 1 tablespoon per cup of liquid of vinegar.
4. Purple Easter Egg Dye Recipe
To get purple Easter eggs you can use, nothing more but purple cabbage. Take 2 cups of shredded purple cabbage, enough water to cover cabbage by 1 inch and 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and put the eggs into this mixture after boiling the dye. It has never been easier to dye Easter eggs, right?
5. Yellow Easter Egg Dye Recipe
Yellow eggs for Easter are one of the hardest to color because eggs natural color is so matching with yellow. So, in order to get yellow Easter eggs you should use white eggs. To get this color naturally use two cups of water, 1 tablespoon of turmeric and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. With this easy recipe you will have the most beautiful yellow Easter eggs to put in your Easter basket.
Watch the video tutorial above and use these pictures to help guide you, too.
Make sure the butter and sugar are extra creamy. I recommend 3 full minutes of creaming:
Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar together, then fold them into the cake batter. The cake batter will be thick, but the fluffy egg whites lighten it up.
If your cakes are domed on top, level them after they cool. I use a serrated knife:
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Easter is such a fun time of the year in my family. The snows of winter melt away, beckoning the arrival of spring with all its new life and energy. This the time when, after getting through the cold months, families feel the urge to come together and celebrate life. One of my family’s favorite Easter traditions is coloring and decorating Easter eggs. I was trying to come up with some inexpensive, natural ways of doing that and think I may have succeeded. I’ll share the results with you.
An experiment to find the best way to naturally dye eggs turned into a fun Easter event with the whole family! I can’t recommend trying this enough!
All of the recipes except the turmeric yellow Easter egg contain one cup of water to one cup each ingredient, whether it be yellow onion, red cabbage leaves, tea, red onions, or beets.
Strain the liquid into a mason jar, stir in 2 Tablespoons of vinegar, and store in the refrigerator overnight.
Remove from refrigerator and place eggs in mixture. Let the eggs soak in their jars overnight in the refrigerator, or at least for several hours.
If you want to make more eggs you can use the mixture again the next day. Make sure to store the mixture in the fridge though.
Note: Be careful with the beet color. It will rub off on clothing.
I have a recipe for perfectly boiled eggs in my Harvest Cookbook. You can pick up a copy by following that link. If you end up with extra boiled eggs, you can always use them to make my delicious deviled eggs recipe.
The speckled pink egg came out of the beet mixture. I’m surprised every time I try a new ingredient. We used coffee to make the speckled tan design.
I love the fact that I don’t have to buy food coloring or dye from the store to make beautiful Easter eggs. Each egg has its own special one-of-a-kind look!
An old Ford tractor is the best hiding place for your red onion peel colored eggs.
Surprisingly, RED onion peel created this bright robin’s egg blue color on the eggs!
The turmeric mixture resulted in this beautiful yellow Easter egg.
Emelia removing her hard boiled egg from the tea
Red cabbage gave this boiled egg a beautiful purple color!
Have a great time dying Easter eggs this year! I would love for you to try these out at home with your families! Be sure to tag me in your photos! I’m @stacylynharris on Instagram.
Carrot Crescents filled with your favorite egg or ham salad
1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Crescent Seamless Dough Sheet*
1 egg (whisked with 1 teaspoon of water to make an egg wash)
yellow and red liquid food coloring (the kind from the grocery store is fine for this recipe)
1 1/2 cups of your favorite egg or ham salad
1 bunch of fresh dill or parsley
Special Equipment Needed:
pizza cutter or knife
6 metal cream horn molds
non-stick aluminum foil lined baking sheet
*If you can’t find this product, you can use sheets of puff pastry, or use crescent rolls and pinch all the seams together.
Step 1: Cut Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet Into Strips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Unroll the Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet onto a cutting board.
- Use a pizza cutter or a knife to cut the dough lengthwise into 6 equal strips.
- Brush one strip with egg wash.
Step 2: Roll Crescent Dough Into Tubes
- Roll the strip into a 17″-18″ long log.
- I rolled the strip of dough up into a tube and pinched the seam shut. Then I rolled out the dough into a thinner, longer log by pushing and rolling the log with both hands.
Step 3: Wrap Dough Around Cream Horn Forms
- Wrap one crescent dough log around each cream horn mold, trying to keep the seam side against the metal mold.
- Be sure your dough does not hang over the open end of the cream horn mold, as it will make it difficult to remove once baked.
Step 4: Color Dough Orange
- Line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper (or use a non-stick pan).
- Squeeze about 60 drops of yellow liquid food coloring into a small bowl. Add two drops of red. Stir to create orange.
- Brush the orange food coloring all over each carrot shaped dough. Set carrots on lined baking sheet.
If you don’t want to paint your dough with food coloring, you can simply brush them with egg wash. The carrot will bake up golden brown.
Watch the video below to see how I used all natural orange food coloring on one of the crescent roll carrots.
Step 5: Bake
- Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown.
- I suggest rotating the pan half way through the baking cycle for even browning.
Step 6: Fill the Crescent Roll Carrots with Your Favorite Egg Salad or Ham Salad and Sprigs of Dill or Parsley
- Spoon some egg salad or ham salad into the crescent roll cone until it’s a bit overfilled.
- I simply stir some Miracle Whip into my diced eggs to make egg salad. The simple 2 ingredient egg salad is what I grew up eating and I still love it today.
- I buy my ham salad at my local gourmet grocery store. It’s so good that I’ve never bothered making my own.
- If you have great egg salad and ham salad recipes, definitely use them!
It’s best to fill your carrots just before serving, but they will keep nicely for up to a few hours in the refrigerator. You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to two days.
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- 2 cups boiling water
- 3-4 white eggs, hard-boiled (see Tip)
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
Place turmeric in a medium bowl. Pour boiling water over the turmeric and let steep for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours to extract the color.
Stir vinegar into the dyeing liquid add the eggs. Refrigerate the eggs in the dye for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day. Longer soaking will give a more vivid color, but limit soak time to 24 hours.
Remove the eggs from the dye with a slotted spoon. Rinse of any excess spice residue, then let dry on a wire rack. If you plan to eat the eggs, refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate hard-boiled eggs for up to 1 week.
Tip: To hard-boil, place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan cover with 1 inch of water. Bring just to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, immediately pour out hot water and cover the eggs with ice-cold water. Let stand in the water until cool.
Using Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs
Every year at Easter the children and I enjoy using natural dyes for Easter Eggs. We started doing this years ago, when my oldest was enrolled in a Waldorf enrichment program. When they told us to use natural materials to dye the eggs I thought it was kind of silly, after all food coloring is cheap and easy! But once I did it once I was hooked, since it is fun to see the amazing variety of colors that can come from nature. It is the perfect Easter chemistry project, and the results are always bright and colorful.
To make the dye we boiled our chosen material in water for about 20 minutes, and then strained the water, cooled it, added a 1 t. of vinegar and then soaked hard boiled eggs in it overnight in the refrigerator. I love that the colors are not always what you would expect, and not necessarily the color of the material you are using. Here are our creations this year!
Red Cabbage Eggs
This is always one of the best natural dyes, and gives a gorgeous blue color. We made both light and dark blue this year. The dark blue ones I left in the dye for 2 days instead of just overnight, and they were a deep rich blue. I was worried they might have a cabbage taste due to soaking in the juice so long, but they tasted fine.
Carrot Top Eggs
Carrots are orange and the tops are green, but eggs made from green carrot tops are yellow. I was surprised at how bright this yellow was, since I was expecting a pastel color.
Onion Skin Eggs
I have made eggs from yellow onion skins before, but this year I wanted to try red onions too. The eggs still turned out orange, but the ones made with red onions were a darker orange. These eggs don’t need to soak overnight, because the dye is so strong. I actually put raw eggs in the pot with the onion skins, and by the time they are hard boiled they are dyed also.
Grape Juice Eggs
We wanted purple eggs, so we decided to try grape juice. For these we just soaked the eggs in grape juice for a few hours. We were expecting purple, but instead we got speckled purple. It turns out grape juice is so acidic that it reacts with the egg shell and starts dissolving it! These were pretty even if they weren’t what we were expecting.
Beet Juice Eggs
Red eggs are pretty, so we decided to try beets this year to get a red color. The eggs turned out more pink than red, and a little speckled, but still nice. Considering how much beets stain my hands and cutting boards I was surprised this color wasn’t deeper.
I have tried multiple times to make green eggs with natural dyes with no success. Many sources say spinach will work, but it doesn’t for me! So this year I decided to use a sheet of Nori from a sushi kit, and I finally got green eggs. It was a very pale green that didn’t photograph well, but it was green!
So add some fun chemistry to your Easter celebrations this year and give natural dyes a try. With Easter so late this year using natural dyes is a great way to combine Easter and Earth Day!
7. Spicy Deviled Eggs
Sometimes, you need to add a little spice to your life. Adding jalapeños to the yolk mixture and as a garnish on top will certainly do the trick! If you like a little spice but don't want your mouth to be on fire, add a dollop of sour cream to the top of each egg to cool things down.
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