Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
It only takes eight easy household items to make these egg-traordinarily unique Easter eggs.
This month, as the farm fresh eggs begin rolling in, Elizabeth shows the Freedom Farms community how she remembers dying eggs as a kid. These one-of-a-kind eggs are sure to wow any guests you might have over for the holiday!
You Will Need:
- 12 hard boiled eggs
- 12 onions
- 5 c water
- 4 tbsp white vinegar
- olive oil
- 2 nylon stockings
- small leaves
- Peel the dry, outer layer of skin from each onion. Set aside the peeled onion bulbs for later use. Keep in mind, red onion skins dye eggs darker than white skins.
- Add onion peels, vinegar, and water to a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Then, lower to medium-heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally, submerging peels in hot brine.
- Meanwhile, take pantyhose and cut 5 inch long sections out of each leg. Each piece should have two openings, securely tie closed one of each opening on each piece and set aside.
- Then, gently press leaves on a hard boiled egg. Once satisfied with the design, carefully, tuck the egg into the pantyhose sack. Try not to move the foliage on the egg. Tightly, pull the loose end of the panty hose together around egg and tie the end in a knot. Repeat this process for each egg.
- Strain the peels from the brine and pour into a shallow, heat proof container. Allow brine to cool for 10 minutes or until the liquid drops in temperature, below 160℉.
- Carefully, place eggs in dye for 30 minutes and up to two hours. Make sure each egg is submerged in the dye.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove eggs from the dye. Gently, remove panty hose and foliage from each egg and place on a cooling rack to allow the eggs to dry. Allow eggs to dry completely before the next step.
- Dampen a soft towel with olive oil and gently rub each egg sparingly to apply an even coat.
Did you make these eggs for your holiday? We’d love to see your pictures! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #FreedomFarms or email us your creations at firstname.lastname@example.org