Natural Food Dyes for Easter Eggs

Recipe by threeovens

Found these in Bon Appetit magazine.

Top Review by gemini08

Worked like a charm! The eggs come out subtly colored and beautiful. After they dried I rubbed them with oil for a beautiful sheen. Happy Easter, threeovens, and thanks for sharing!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the yellow food dye: Bring water to a boil, add vinegar, turmeric or saffron; turn off and let sit for 10 minutes. Add eggs and let steep 30 minutes to 3 hours. Makes 3 cups.
  2. For the purple food dye: Combine cabbage, vinegar, and water. Simmer 30 minutes then strain into a large bowl. Steep eggs 30 minutes or more. Different cabbage will yield different shades. Makes 3 cups.
  3. For the pink or red food dye: Combine beets, vinegar, and water. Simmer 30 minutes, then strain into a large bowl. Steep eggs 30 minutes for pink or up to 4 hours for a deeper red color. Makes 3 cups.
  4. For the green food dye: Combine 1/4 cup of the yellow dye and 2 cups of the purple dye. Let eggs steep 30 minutes up to 3 hours. Makes 2 1/4 cups.
  5. Try other combinations with any leftover dye.

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