Easter Eggs Naturally Dyed with Onion Skins
The beauty of onion skins ! It’s all about the fun of coloring eggs this weekend at my house. And since this is an organic wholesome food magazine, I can’t just let you use that egg dye kit from the drug store. At least not if you plan on eating the eggs ! So I’ll take you back in time to my childhood for just a minute and give you a glimpse of how we did the Easter Eggs back in the day, with onion skins !
You can use cool stuff from nature to dye your eggs different colors. I only did red eggs this year using red beets and red onion skins , and only allowed them to sit in the water for a couple of hours. You can also mix red and yellow onion skins for a lighter golden color. You could also let them sit in the water overnight and boil them in the morning.
The fun part for us kids was always the hunt for herbs and leaves that we would put on each egg before wrapping it in a piece of nylon stalking. You can use anything from chervil leaves to flower petals or grass, the possibilities are endless. Ferns, dill and lucky charms are my favorites, especially because with the lucky charms you can do hearts and butterflies as well.
I hope you will give this one a try and have a wonderful Easter with all your loved ones. Who knew onion skins could be so much fun and so artistic ?!
- 1 dozen organic eggs
- 3 c red onion skins or mixed with yellow, packed
- 1 red beet -sliced
- 2 tsp white vinegar
- 2 qt water
- herbs & leaves for decoration
- Stick a couple of leaves or flowers on each egg with a drop of water, then wrap it gently in the stalking and tie it at each end.
- Add the eggs to the pot with the onion skins,beets and the vinegar then refrigerate overnight.
- Remove the pot with the eggs from the fridge and bring to a gentle boil. Allow them to simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from flame and cover with a lid. Allow them to sit in the warm liquid for at least 10 minutes and until the desired color is achieved. The longer they sit in the liquid the more intense the color will be. You may refrigerate them in the liquid overnight for a nice deep color.
- Transfer each egg to a plate and cut the stalking with a pair of scissors . Discard the herbs and pat them dry with a paper towel. For extra shine you may rub them with a little olive or coconut oil.
- Alternately you can also bring the pot of water with the onion leaves to a boil and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the vinegar and gently drop in the eggs, one by one. Boil for 10 minutes and remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl and once cool enough to handle cut the stalking with the scissors and discard together with the herbs. Rub the eggs with some oil for shine.