easter egg dye

The Nickel Pincher: Homemade Natural Easter Egg Dye

By using veggies and spices you already have at home, you can create egg dyes that are natural and beautiful.

By Jean Nick


An Easter without dyed Easter eggs wouldn't be much fun at all. And why waste money on artificial Easter egg dye, especially when you've already grow your own natural Easter grass and made a basket from recycled containers?

Natural egg dye is easy to make using berries, vegetables, and spices, and you can create just about any color you want, from pastels to deep hues. The results vary from batch to batch, which adds to the fun in my book. In some cases you can have your dye and eat it, too! We will be having pickled red cabbage some night soon, with mashed berries over ice cream for desert. Even if you don't eat the dye leftovers, you can toss them in the compost pile.

At our farm, eggs come in creams, browns, olive, and even pale blue-green—right from the chickens—so we usually enjoy those as is (you can dye non-white eggs if you enjoy the antiqued shades you will get). For clear, bright colors you’ll want to use white eggs. Store-bought eggs are ready to hard-boil as soon as you get them home, but if you buy eggs directly from a farmer, you'll need to wait until they're a week old. Fresher eggs haven't absorbed enough air to make an air pocket inside, and the result will be almost impossible to peel.

Published on: March 29, 2012
Updated on: April 6, 2012

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I forgot to buy the

I forgot to buy the traditional egg dyes so I am going to give this a try. Sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing.

Yes!! Thanks for the tips! I

Yes!! Thanks for the tips! I am on it this week-end! :) (sorry for my english... I am french!)

This is a really great idea...

But when it comes down to it, it has some drawbacks for me that will make me change my egg-dyeing methods back to conventional next year. Mainly, this is not cheap or fast, two aspects of my life that are equally as important as health. We are not rich, and just one color can easily exceed the cost of a whole box of regular dye. Plus, they take a while to make, and can make a big mess. In general, I really like the idea, but it proved to be a bigger hassle this year than the benefits are worth to me. After all, we're not eating the egg shells! Also...the spinach turned out horribly, but the beets, blueberries, turmeric, and paprika showed some real promise. just a heads up for anyone else embarking on this adventure tomorrow. Thanks for the good pointers, though!


Thanks for sharing! I know folks who eat raw eggs, but usually in smoothies :-)

It works!

This worked so well! Very pretty results from all the colors we tried with the exception of green apple peels...and it's a fun surprise to see what the colors actually turn out to be. As a bonus, now I feel completely safe feeding my kids the eggs after easter!

Great Easter Egg Article

This article was not only extremely interesting, but very easy to follow. I had no plans to dye eggs for Easter, but this sounds fun! I had a good laugh at myself: When the author directed us to insert a straw in the egg, I thought we were supposed to suck out the white and yolk!! Haha. Good thing I read the article all the way through before I tried it!

Go Natural!

Love the naturally colored eggs! I'm really tired of being exposed to all those toxic dyes.


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