I had every intention of making naturally dyed eggs this year. Every. Intention. Then I realized I did not leave myself enough time to prepare and create the dyes. Going natural is a labor of love that I would still love to do…next year.
This year, I dyed a small amount of eggs using food coloring, vinegar and water. It was a lot quicker, a lot simpler, and I was pretty happy with the results!
- 4 16 ounce mason jars
- 8 teaspoons of vinegar (2 for each color/jar)
- 4 cups of water (1 for each color/jar)
- Food coloring of your choice
- 8 hard boiled eggs
- Prepare each mason jar by adding two teaspoons of vinegar to each one.
- Boil the four cups of water and carefully pour one cup into each mason jar.
- Add drops of food coloring to create the desired shade (don’t be afraid to add a lot, I used 40 drops of blue in one jar) and stir until the color, vinegar and water are well incorporated.
- Gently add two eggs to each color, allow the the water to cool slightly, then seal the lids and put them in the refrigerator overnight.
- Remove the mason jars from the refrigerator and carefully remove the eggs from the dye, then drain the rest.
- Rinse the eggs, gently rubbing with your fingers to remove the darker colored film covering the eggs.
- Gently pat the eggs dry with paper towels.
I used the mason jars I had available, which were 16 ounces with regular mouths. I dyed two eggs within each jar; I probably could have crammed 3 eggs into each jar, but I didn’t think that would have given them an even coating of the dye. Please feel free to multiply the recipe and enjoy!