In the Orthodox faith we dye our eggs red every Easter. I’ve always used conventional dye because I never really thought dying them naturally would work or give them a great pigment. But my mind was blown when I did them for the first time myself with onion skins. Want to try it too?
Here’s how to naturally dye your Easter eggs red!
What you need:
- Dry “paper skins/peels” from 6 large yellow onions. (I didn’t know, but you can use the onion skins from red onions too!)
- 2 dozen Red or White eggs (I used both – I think the white turned out brighter.)
- 3 tbsp white vinegar.
- Make sure eggs are clean.
- Add all the ingredients to a pot, gently nesting the eggs in between the onion skins.
- Fill the pot with water making sure to cover the eggs completely.
- Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer for 20-30 min.
- Carefully remove the eggs and allow them to cool on a rack. Place back in cartons and in the fridge until Easter. You can rub the eggs down with olive oil for a more vibrant red!
A couple notes:
- The Eggs: You can check the eggs sooner if you want them lighter. Keep checking on them until the desired colour has been reached. If you prefer them darker you can even let them cool and stay in the liquid overnight in the fridge. My photos are the colour of the eggs at 30 minutes.
- The Leftover Onions: Not sure what to do with all the onions? Simply chop them up and put them in Ziploc freezer bags. They’ll be prepped and ready for the next time you make a soup/stew or have a recipe that calls for onions.