All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes & Tips

Nutrition Unscrambled

In addition to the great Easter tips that Karen Buch provided earlier this week, we wanted to share some more egg-cellent ideas for decorating your Easter eggs this year.dye

Did you know that you can use spices and common foods to dye eggs naturally?

Get creative and resourceful – it’s fun and easy to use everyday kitchen ingredients to make your own natural Easter egg dyes! Fresh or frozen produce are great for dyeing. Berries work especially well as paint – simply crush the berries against dry boiled eggs for extra swishes of color. The longer you leave the eggs in contact with the dye, the deeper the hue you’ll ultimately be left with.

Chef Jeffrey Saad recommends using common household spices to color your Easter eggs – follow his three easy steps for naturally brilliant colored eggs:

1)      Fill a pot with enough cold water to hard-boil the amount of eggs you want. Stir in 3 TB of ground turmeric. Add the eggs to the water. Let the pot sit on the counter for two hours.

2)      Place the pot on the stove and bring to a boil. As soon as it comes to a boil turn off the heat and cover the pot. Allow to sit for 12 minutes for large eggs. Instead of rinsing under cold water life the eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon and rest on a plate until cool.

3)      Experiment with a dark red smoked paprika or boil some chopped beats and then use the beet water to color the eggs.

Tip: Naturally-colored eggs will not be glossy, but if you want a shiny appearance you can rub a bit of cooking oil onto the eggs once they are dry.

Your naturally-dyed eggs will make a beautiful centerpiece for any Easter table, and if you’re still looking for Easter brunch recipe ideas, make sure you check out this Egg & Swiss Chard Italian Easter Pie recipe from Teaspoon of Spice blogger, registered dietitian Deanna Segrave-Daly – It’s packed with protein and is sure to impress!

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Photo courtesy of Teaspoon of Spice

 

 

 

Anna Shlachter MS, RD, LDN

Anna Shlachter, MS, RD, LDN is the Program Manager, Nutrition Research and Communications at the Egg Nutrition Center

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