Growing up, my mom always bought my sisters and I Paas Egg Dye Kits in anticipation of Easter. Even today, when I smell vinegar, I think of those little colored cups of egg dye. My sisters and I loved dropping those colored tablets into cups of water and watching our eggs take on vibrant colors. The best part was mixing colors and seeing what new colors we could come up with.
The Paas kits are fun but they contain artificial colors and ingredients, all of which are sort of unnecessary when it comes to creating dyes. The food we eat are full of vibrant colors and you can use those colors to naturally dye Easter eggs in the same fun, traditional way (you even get the classic vinegar smell).
To dye my eggs I used three of the most vibrant things in my kitchen: beet powder, frozen blueberries and turmeric.
Whats great about these three colors, red, yellow and blue, is that you have primary colors. Which gives you the opportunity to mix and match to create lots of different colors.
The way you dip the eggs can affect the colors that you create too – check out how different the two eggs that both used turmeric and blueberry turned out! I love the natural variation that the dyes gave these eggs. The spotting that you see on the blueberry eggs is from the actual blueberries.
- 1 tbsp powdered turmeric
- 1 tbsp beet powder (if you don't have access to beet powder, use 2-3 whole beets, diced)
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 6 tbsp white vinegar
- 16 cups of water
- In three individual pots, divide your water and put 4 cups of water into each.
- Add one coloring agent to each pot and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Boil for 10 minutes. Ensure the beet powder and turmeric dissolve as much as possible. Mash your blueberries into the water.
- Remove from heat and add 2 tbsp vinegar to each pot.
- Add hard boiled eggs to each pot and allow the eggs to soak. The longer they sit in the color bath, the deeper the color will be.
- When you remove them from the color bath, gently pat dry with a paper towel. You can then add the egg to another color bath or let it dry and see how the color sets.
This is a fun and safe way to color eggs with your favorite kids and adults. While the colors are a bit lighter than the traditional Paas kits, they are absolutely beautiful.
Your turn: what are your favorite Easter traditions? Did you dye eggs as a kid?