If you'd rather not buy a commercial Paas Easter Egg dye kit to dye your eggs this Easter and are looking for a natural and fun alternative, here's how! Long before the Paas company and their competitors created dye tablets and packaged egg-dying kits, people dyed their eggs the natural way using extracts they made themselves.
|Blue||Red cabbage (1/4 head or more)
and/or concentrated grape juice
|Chop 1/4 head of red cabbage, add to 2 cups of boiling water.
Simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, let cool.
Concentrated grape juice: just thaw it; use undiluted. Or mix both for extra strength.
|Blue #2||1 pound of frozen blueberries||Crush the blueberries or puree them in a blender or food procesor|
|Brown||Ground fresh coffee beans||Add 2 Tablespoons of dill seed to 1 cup of boiling water; simmer for 20 minutes over medium-low heat, let cool.|
|Brown-gold||Dill seed||Add 2 Tablespoons of dill seed to 1 cup of boiling water; simmer for 20 minutes over medium-low heat, let cool.|
|Green||1 bunch fresh Spinach leaves||Chop the leaves and simmer them for 20 minutes over medium low heat in just enough water to cover them and keep from burning (you want it concentrated).|
|Lavender||1 cup purple grape juice
1 tea bag.
2 tablespoons lemon juice
|Simmer all 3 ingredients together for 10 minutes. Cool.|
|Orange||Yellow onion skins||Add the outer skins from 3 large yellow onions to 1 cup of boiling water; simmer for 20 minutes over medium-low heat, let cool.|
|Purple / pink||3 large fresh beets (the roots, not the leaves) or pickled beet juice (borscht works!)||Slice the beets and simmer them for 30 minutes over medium-low heat, again with just enough water to keep from burning!|
|Purple||Blueberries (1 pint)||Add one pint of blueberries (fresh or frozen or canned with syrup) to just enough water to cover the berries (and make at least 1 cup of broth. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes over medium-low heat, let cool, strain out the skins.|
|Red||2 cups of grated or finely chopped beets. Others that work are
pomegranate juice and to a lesser extent, raspberries.
|I use the grater attachment on my food processor.|
|Red (dark red)||Red onion skins||Add the outer skins from 3 large red onions to 1 cup of boiling water; simmer for 20 minutes over medium-low heat, let cool.|
|Yellow||Turmeric - makes the brightest yellow. For a pale yellow, try these: Cumin, Paprika OR Saffron. Others that work are Orange or Lemon Peels or Green Tea||Add 3 tablespoons of turmeric (or other herb, just a few sprigs of saffron) to 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer for 10 minutes, then stir and let cool to room temperature.|
Note: DON'T use any aluminum pots, pans or utensils!
You will also need 1 small (pint) bottle of plain white vinegar; any type
(apple, or other) as long as it is clear and not colored.