Naturally Dyed Vital Eggs
The egg (pasture-raised, of course) is a lovely reminder of fertility and abundance, and we’re loving all the egg-chat that’s accompanying this upcoming Easter holiday. Whether you’re filling with confetti, deviling, or dyeing, the egg’s versatility shines (literally! Look at those eggs!). We tried out the natural dye technique on some hard-boiled eggs and are pleased with the outcome. Spend hours in the kitchen experimenting with different veggies – the possibilities are endless! Or just follow along with our recipes for vibrantly dyed eggs.
If you decide to experiment with other colors or designs (wrap in rubber bands for stripes or cover in taped designs!) tag us so we can see your beautiful creations! @vitalfarms #vitalfarms #girlsongrass on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Naturally Dyed Vital Eggs
- 2 dozen hard-boiled pasture-raised eggs
- 1 cup shredded red or purple cabbage per cup of water white eggs make blue brown eggs make a dark green/grey
- 1 cup purple onion skins per cup of water variations of dark brown and red
- 1 cup yellow onion skins per cup of water dark orange/rust
- 3 cup tablespoons ground turmeric per cup of water white eggs make bright yellow brown eggs make light orange
- 1 cup chopped up beets per cup of water white eggs make pink brown eggs make maroon
- 1 cup tbsp. white vinegar per cup of dye
- Grapeseed oil
- Hard-boil eggs! We were lucky enough to have white and brown eggs on hand. Put eggs in a pot and bring to a boil for 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Chop up the veggies, skin the onions and separate. We did bigger batches of beet and cabbage (used half a head of cabbage and about 5-6 cups of water - more is better than less when it comes to dye). Bring the water and veggies to a boil in separate pots and then reduce to simmer for 3o minutes.
- Once you've reached the desired color, remove the dye from heat and strain out the veggies. Let dye come to room temperature and add 1 tbsp. white vinegar per cup of dye and mix together. Arrange eggs into a container and pour liquid on top - be sure to cover (a couple of the eggs weren't TOTALLY covered and this actually made a fun contrast on some of the eggs!)
- Refrigerate. Depending on how vibrant you would like your eggs - let them soak longer for darker colors (ours were overnight) and about an hour for more pastel hues. Remove from the fridge after their soak and dry on paper towels. Some of the colors will run or scratch off - no biggie - so be careful when drying. Carefully rub grapeseed oil on the eggs (gentle!) and then soak up the extra oil with a paper towel.
- The eggs will shine after an oil coat. For less shine, let dry naturally! (They will eventually become more dull in color even with the oil.)