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How to Dye Eggs Naturally with Turmeric

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Skip the artificial dyes this Easter and let me show you how to dye eggs naturally with Turmeric! Simple steps to color beautiful eggs without the store-bought kit! For more egg ideas see my Easter page.

Easter is one of the most beloved holidays for children. From candy to egg hunts and egg dying, it’s an exciting time for kids of all ages. Dyeing eggs was always one of my kid’s favorite activities. But did you know that you don’t need to use store-bought artificial dyes or chemicals? You can dye eggs naturally using ingredients found in your pantry, like turmeric!

Turmeric with its rich orange color is most commonly used as a spice but it is also used for dying fabrics. Which makes it perfect for dyeing the white shells of the eggs! The longer you leave the egg submerged the darker the color you will get.

Want more colors for your eggs? Then try these other recipes for making beautiful Easter eggs naturally.

More Natural Dye for Eggs Recipes

In separate pots boil the desired item below in 4 cups of water. Let the mixture cool. Strain the water into a large measuring cup. Add 1 tbsp white vinegar per cup of strained dye. Add your egg and leave it until it reaches the desired color.

  • BLUE: Blackberries, 4 cups, boil the berries down and smash them to release the coloring. 30 minutes.
  • RED/PINK: Beets, (6), peel and dice the beets and boil for 25-30 min.
  • BLUE/PURPLE: Red Cabbage, (1-2) Large Head(s), 5 cups, chopped, boil for 30 mins.
  • YELLOW: Turmeric boiled for 15 min. See the recipe below.
  • BROWN: 1 Pot of Black Coffee

How to Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs

  • Air Fryer: Preheat to 270 degrees F. Add the eggs to the fryer basket. Leave room for the air to circulate and work in batches. Cook for 15 minutes for hard-boiled eggs. Remove the eggs and put them into an ice water bath. Peel when cooled.
  • Stove Top: Add eggs to a saucepan and fill with cold water, submerging the eggs. Bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat and cover for 14 minutes. Place the eggs in a bowl of ice water and let them sit for 3 minutes until cooled.
  • Steamer: We love our DASH Rapid Egg Cooker. The eggs come out perfect every time with no fuss! Just add a little water. Prick the egg with the pricker and turn it on! When the timer goes off add the eggs to an ice bath.
How to Dye Eggs Naturally with Turmeric

How to Dye Eggs with Turmeric

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups water
  • 5 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 white vinegar
  • 12 boiled eggs

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large saucepan, add the water.
  • Stir in the Turmeric and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the turmeric has fully dissolved and the water has reached the boiling state (about 15 minutes). Remove the pot from the heat.
  • Let the mixture cool and pour it into a large measuring cup to measure out the cups remaining after the liquid boiled down.
  • Add in the correct amount of vinegar and stir to blend. (1 tbsp per cup). Add the turmeric liquid to a bowl.
  • Add the eggs to the bowl. Making sure they are fully covered by the water.
  • Let them sit in the Turmeric until the desired color of yellow is reached. Anywhere from 2-8 hours. Ours sat in the dye for 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator to get the yellow coloring in the pics.

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Dye Eggs Naturally with Turmeric

Skip the store bought dye and color boiled eggs with Turmeric!
Servings: 12 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Calories: 88

Ingredients

  • 1 quart water
  • 5 tbsp turmeric powder
  • white vinegar
  • 12 boiled eggs

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, add in the water.
  • Stir in the Turmeric and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the turmeric has fully dissolved and the water has reached the boiling state (about 15 minutes) Remove the pot from the heat.
  • Let the mixture cool and pour it into a large measuring cup to measure out the cups remaining after the liquid boiled down.
  • Add in the correct amount of vinegar and stir to blend. (1 tbsp per cup). Add the turmeric liquid to a bowl.
  • Add the eggs to the bowl. Making sure they are fully covered by the water.
  • Let them sit in the turmeric until the desired color of yellow is reached. Anywhere from 2-8 hours. Ours sat in the dye for 8 hours overnight to get the yellow coloring in the pics.

NOTES

TIPS:
  • These eggs will dye pretty evenly, but will have some speckles from the turmeric.
  • It’s important you use the right amount of vinegar. Too little and the eggs won’t hold the dye well. Too much, and the vinegar will start eating the shell of the egg.
  • You can dye your eggs for varying times, you don’t have to leave them in as long as we did. You’ll just end up with varying shades of yellow. 
  • Apply a clear wax crayon to draw on designs on your eggs before dying them.

Nutrition

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 137mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition info provided is only an estimate. See my nutrition disclaimer for more info on how the data is collected for recipes.

COURSE :Side Dish
CUISINE :American
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