Homemade Easter Eggs Naturally Dyed with Onion Skins !
|To make these homemade Easter Eggs you will need a pair of Nylon Tights/stocking like this |
The beauty of homemade Easter Eggs with onion skins ! I can’t even think of a better organic egg color than this. Beautiful, cool and healthy, onion skin dye takes the cake. It’s all about the fun of coloring eggs this weekend at my house. And since this is an organic wholesome food blog, 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 ! Do you want to make the best Easter eggs ever ? Just color them with onion dye and use herbs and flowers as stencils to create pretty designs.
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 homemade Easter Eggs back in the day, simply colored with onion skins !
You can use all kinds of cool stuff from nature to dye your eggs different colors. I only did red eggs using both red beets and red onion skins, and the golden marbled design by wrapping the eggs in yellow onion skins. You can also mix red and yellow onion skins for a lighter golden color.
The fun part for us kids was always the hunt for herbs and leaves that we would put on each homemade Easter 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 organic homemade Easter Eggs a try with your kids and have a wonderful Easter with all your loved ones. Who knew onion skins could be so much fun and so artistic ?! The coolest part about it, is that 2 eggs will never be exactly the same nor the exact color. You can also add red beets to the onion skins to obtain a more intense red color, or go simply for yellow onion skins for some golden tone homemade Easter eggs.
Very important to keep in mind and soak the onion skins for a few hours or overnight, to obtain that beautiful rich color. You can choose to soak the prepared eggs with them to start the coloring process, or just add them to boiling colored water.
As you experiment with homemade Easter Eggs making, you will figure out your ideal process to accomplish your favorite Easter eggs.
- 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 nylon stocking and tie it at each end.
- Add the the onion skins,beets and the vinegar to a big pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add the eggs to the boiling water one by one and boil for 8 to 10 minutes to your liking.
- At this point you can remove the eggs from the hot water or you may refrigerate them in the liquid overnight for a nice deeper color.
- Once cool enough to handle transfer each egg to a plate and cut the stocking 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.