It is easy to guess that the dyes that we can buy today in any food store, intended for culinary use, did not exist years ago. If you want to go back in time and create different emotions around Easter, we offer you some unconventional ideas and completely natural dyes for dyeing Easter eggs.
We start with the caveat that you have to sacrifice a little more time than this procedure usually takes you. You will see that it is worth it, especially if you like experiments and surprises…
Wash the eggs well, it is recommended that they be white in order to get brighter colors when dyeing. While they are drying on a soft cloth, we prepare the paints.
Since it is good to have more red eggs we will offer you the most products that color red. These are: red pepper (3 tablespoons in about 300 g of water), red wine (amount to cover the eggs),beetroot juice (1 tsp + 1/2 tsp water).
Place the eggs in a single row in a small saucepan. Cover them with the liquid (beetroot juice, wine or water with pepper dissolved in it), add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and cook at a moderate temperature for about 15 minutes. After removing the pot from the heat, you can leave the eggs in it until the liquid cools or until you get the desired color. As you can guess, the longer the eggs are immersed in the dye, the more saturated their color will be. The procedure is the same as standard. They are dried and gently wiped with cotton soaked in oil. Eggs must be stored in the refrigerator.
And how will we get other colors? Bright yellow color will be achieved with 3-4 tablespoons of turmeric dissolved in the water for the eggs. Our great-grandmothers used the peels of yellow onions for this purpose. The outer leaves of 4-5 onions will be enough for a small pot (15 cm bottom).
The green color will be obtained with the help of 2 bowls of finely chopped spinach leaves, and two bowls of blueberries boiled together with the eggs will color them a delicate purplecolor.
Keeping in mind that a strong coffee decoction will give a rich brown color, red grape juice - gray-blue, and red cabbage (several finely chopped leaves + 300 g water, and after boiling the eggs remain in the water for several hours) – blue color, you can have fun for quite a long time to achieve the full palette of colors. And the more of the coloring product you put when boiling the eggs, the more saturated colors will delight you and especially your children during the holidays.
Happy experimenting and fun!