It’s been eons since I dyed Easter eggs, but I have fond childhood memories of occasionally ripping into a PAAS kit, blinking away the pervasive and pungent vinegar vapors, and using that little wire stick-and-loop to fish eggs out of the dye.
If you’re going to be doing some dyeing this year and want do it with natural ingredients, the web is full of great ideas. Most involve soaking cooled, hard-boiled eggs in a bath of prepared dye, usually involving vinegar, salt, and a food-based coloring agent (beets, red cabbage, turmeric, etc.) The suggested soak can be as short as a minute for some treatments to as long as overnight, depending on the dyeing agent and the desired result.
Check out the links below:
- Boulder Locavore: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs (lots of info and pics)
- Serious Eats: How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally, Without a Store-Bought Kit (more info and great pics)
- Martha Stewart: Natural Egg Dyeing Techniques (Martha and her invisible team are always ready with crafty advice)
- bon appétit: D.I.Y. Dye (kind of a convoluted set of webpages, to be honest; I’d mostly stick to the links above or below)
As this post from Kendra Nordin at The Christian Science Monitor suggests, “Natural egg dyes formulas/recipes seem to be widely different, but since this is a bit of a science experiment I think anything goes. Don’t be afraid to tinker.”