HOW TO DYE RED EGGS NATURALLY WITH BEETROOT?
This weekend is Easter for me and in my country we dye the eggs in different colours. Red is a must but also blue, yellow, green etc.
Last year we have dyed Easter eggs naturally for the first time.
Red with beetroot
Yellow with curcuma/turmeric
Blue with red cabbage
I looked at the packaging of the dye I was buying before and as expected it has in its composition colorants obtained by synthesis from petroleum products: azorubine E122 / carmoisine. If you are curious, then search on internet and see its structure. It might remind you of the school chemistry classes. What’s the point of buying organic eggs and then dyeing them with chemicals? Easter is about spiritual purity and not only.
We have experienced several recipes at the same time. Honestly the result was better than we have expected. We have also enjoyed a creative moment with our children. Easter is about our unity.
This year we have a different Easter and why not try to get closer to nature and our inner selves? If you open you heart, let’s start with red eggs. I will share with you the recipes adapted by us so that you could also get an intense warm red colour as on my photo. If you prefer a video, I have saved a short movie on YouTube. Have fun!!!
- Organic beetroot: 3-4 pieces
- Organic eggs: 10 or more. I have used eggs with brown shell
- White wine vinegar: 1 tablespoon for every 200 ml of beetroot juice
- Organic vegetable or sunflower oil: 1 tablespoon max
☘️ Take out the eggs from the fridge in advance.
☘️ Boil water in a large bowl.
☘️ Press the flat side of a cut beetroot onto the side of the greater with the largest wholes.
☘️ Squeeze the beet juice into a bowl and put the beets in the boiling water.
☘️ Boil the beets until they change color.
☘️ Wash the eggs.
☘️ Add the eggs to the boiling water with beetroot. Be careful not to break the eggs. Boil the eggs for 9 minutes and then take the bowl off the heat.
☘️ Leave the eggs in the boiling water and then put one egg in the beet juice. The egg must be completely covered with juice. If you managed to make more juice, then you can put all the eggs at the same time in the juice.
☘️ IMPORTANT: If you want to get an expressive color, then from our experience, vinegar is mandatory. We tried without, but I have gotten a very pale nuance. We recommend adding 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar to each glass of juice. The vinegar smell will not be felt because it does not boil.
☘️ Leave the egg in the juice until you get the shade you want. If the beet is fresh and red, then it might take 1 hour. However, you can leave it for much longer.
☘️ Take out the egg from the juice and let it dry on a plate. Do not put it on an absorbent napkin/towel and do not wipe it with the napkin. You must touch it as little as possible. When it dries out on one side, turn it on the other. Put a little bit of olive or sunflower oil in the dry palms and rub the egg (should be completely dry). The oil will bring glow. Put the egg on a plate. Avoid absorbent towels.
Recipe video on my Youtube channel:
This year you have dyed eggs with love from what nature generously gives us. You have avoided the Azorubine E122 synthetic colorant, which is usually contained in the commercial red dye.
A Healthy Easter in harmony with yourself and nature!