I love to dye eggs for Easter and got inspired by an article in the April issue of the Food Network Magazine about tinting eggs with various foods such as Jell-O and turmeric. So I decided to look in my pantry and see what things I had on hand that had the potential to become an Easter egg dye. It was so much fun to experiement and see what colors the eggs would turn out to be!
Here's what I tried:
Red Cabbage: Boil 1/2 head cabbage in water to cover for about 30 minutes. Drain off 2 cups of the cooking water and save the cabbage for later. Add 2 tablespoons white vinegar to the water.
Turmeric: combine 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons turmeric and 2 tablespoons vinegar in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes. I left one egg in the turmeric mixture overnight and got a deep golden mustard color. I got a beautiful pale yellow when I left the egg in for about 10-15 minutes.
Pickled Beets: I had a jar of pickled beets in the pantry and drained off about 1 cup of juice. I added 2 tablespoons of vinegegar and simmered the liquid for about 10 minutes. The result was a beautiful rosy-colored egg.
Berry Blue Jell-O: Don't even ask why I happen to have blue Jell-O in my pantry! Combine the whole package of gelatin mixture with 2 cups water and 2 tablespoons vinegar, bring to a boil, and simmer 10 minutes. This Jell-O makes a lovely acqua blue color.
Lime Jell-O: Combine the whole package of gelatin mix, 2 cups water and 2 tablespoons vinegar, bring to a boil, and simmer 10 minutes for a perfect spring green. I don't think you really need to use the whole package of gelatin. You can probably get similar results by just using a few tablespoons, but I wanted to make sure I got some intense color. I also cooked some brown eggs to add to my collection of eggs, just to round out the color palette.
See our video on how to get perfect hard-cooked eggs, and for more tips on coloring Easter eggs, see Natural Easter Egg Dyes. This would be a great activity to do with your kids and let them experiement with different items to see what colors they get. It's also a great way to clear some things out of your pantry! Let me know if you come up with some other great colors.