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Colorful Naturally-Dyed Deviled Eggs

Looking for a colorful science experiment? Get the kids (and adults) into the kitchen and use real food to dye deviled eggs. (P.S: The cabbage part is our favorite!)
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 24 deviled eggs
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Ingredients

2 teaspoons turmeric

3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

Kosher salt

1 small red beet, peeled and diced

1/4 head red cabbage, chopped

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled, halved and yolks and whites separated

1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons yellow mustard

Directions

Special equipment:
a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip
  1. Combine the turmeric with 1 1/2 cups water in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; gently simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a heatproof container.
  2. Combine the beets with 1 1/2 cups water in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; gently simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let cool for 5 minutes, then strain into a heatproof container.
  3. Combine the cabbage with 2 1/2 cups water in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; gently simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then strain half into a heatproof container and stir in the baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Strain the remaining liquid into a heatproof container and stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  4. Add 6 egg whites to each container and let soak until the desired color (yellow, pink, lilac and teal), up to 1 hour. Drain the egg whites on a paper towel-lined plate before serving.
  5. Meanwhile, transfer the yolks to a food processor. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pulse until smooth and creamy. Transfer the yolk mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip. Pipe swirly dollops of the mixture into each dyed white.