In our family a holiday is not complete without a project. This Easter we decided to dye our eggs using only natural products. The verdict is unanimous: much more beautiful than any artificial colour….and so much more fun!
4 tbsp white vinegar
1 red beet (brown)
½ a head of red cabbage (blue)
200g spinach (light green)
1 tbsp turmeric (light yellow)
A few pretty leaves
A pair of latex gloves
- Hard-boil the eggs (Click here for Julia Child’s method for boiling eggs).
- Chop the cabbage into chunks. Place into a pot and cover with water.
- Peel the beets and cut into cubes. (Protect your hands with gloves).Place into a pot and cover with water.
- Place spinach in a pot with water.
- Place turmeric in a pot with water.
- Bring the pots of water to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the water has reached the desired colour (your eggs will be a lighter shade than the dye). I cooked the beets and cabbage for one hour and the cabbage for around three hours.
- Pour the dye into individual jars.
- Add 1 tbsp vinegar to each of the jars.
- Allow the dye to cool.
- Place a leaf on each egg and wrap tightly in a piece of stocking. Attach a long piece of string to the egg (this will make it easy to place in the dye and remove them when done).
- Place the jars in the fridge over night.
- Remove the eggs and cut off the stockings (protect your hands with gloves).