How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally with Onions

Mar 11, 2016

Dyeing eggs for Easter has always been a favourite past time of mine. Growing up we’ve always dyed our eggs with onion peels because the onions will naturally dye eggs a beautiful red colour.

This recipe is very easy to make and does not take very long!

Dyeing Easter Eggs

Makes 6 red eggs, takes 45 minutes

6 Eggs

Peels from 6 Onions

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 L water

Oil for polishing

Add the water, vinegar and onion peels to a pot, turn up the heat. I usually try to add as many onion peels to fill the pot, but one onion per egg works as well. Bring the water and onions to a boil.

As soon as the water starts to boil, turn the heat down but ensure the mixture is boiling gently. Set the timer to 30 minutes. After the 30 minute mark, separate the onion peels from the liquid, the liquid will be a very deep dark red. If the liquid is not red, you should add more onion peels and boil the liquid for 5 minutes more. Pour the liquid in the pot, and add the eggs. Make sure the liquid covers the eggs. Bring the liquid to a boil. As soon as the liquid starts to boil, turn the heat down to medium and set the timer for 10 minutes.

After the 10 minutes are up, remove the eggs from the liquid. They should be deep red. At this point, add a little bit of oil to a paper towel and gently rub the oiled paper towel on the eggs. You can omit this step; I think it makes the eggs look better if they are shiny. The hard boiled eggs can she stored in the fridge for 5 days.

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– Andreea Nicoara

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