Dyeing Easter eggs is an annual tradition for many people. Kits and food coloring are popular tools for creating colorful shells, but better options are available. Those that do not want to use food grade dye can try everything from beet juice to colored drink mix. Food coloring and white vinegar is never a requirement. Try these fun and easy ways to dye Easter eggs without food coloring, and create beautiful dyed shells that could not be colored in exactly the same way using artificial ingredients.
Pickled Beet Juice
One of the best ways to dye Easter eggs without food coloring is with picked beet juice. You do not have to cook fresh beets to achieve desirable results. Simply buy a jar of pickled beets, and soak the cooled boiled eggs in the ruby red liquid. The longer they are soaked in the juice, the deeper the rosy hue.
Consider using strong coffee when seeking alternatives to Easter egg dye. Brown eggs can be absolutely beautiful, especially when they include stenciled designs. Soak boiled eggs in strong coffee in the refrigerator until achieving the desired hue. They will have a unique antiqued look unlike store bought brown varieties.
To achieve a beautiful purple hue, do not use blue and red food coloring. A gorgeous shade of purple can be achieved with blueberry pulp. Thaw and mash frozen, canned or fresh blueberries, and soak them in the juicy pulp. Turn them often if they are not fully covered. The longer they soak, the deeper the purple hue.
Colored Drink Mixes
If you want beautiful bright colored Easter eggs but do not have food coloring on hand, use unsweetened colored drink mix. Vinegar is not required. Simply mix one packet of unsweetened drink mix with two-thirds cup of water, and soak the cooled hard boiled eggs until the desired hue is achieved. Have fun experimenting, and mix various colors to create unique hues.
Boiled Red Cabbage
For gorgeous cobalt blue Easter eggs, buy a head of red cabbage. Boil the cabbage until it becomes pulp. After it cools, strain the pulp from the liquid. Soak cooled hard boiled eggs in the liquid. The longer they remain in the red cabbage juice, the deeper the color will become. They will look nothing like typical blue Easter eggs that have been dyed in food coloring. Like the others, they will be far more beautiful.
Source: Professional Arts and Crafts Experience