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Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

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  • Yield: each color will color 1 dozen
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2 pounds beets, peeled, diced


1 pound onion skins


1 1/2 cup (1.9 ounce) jar turmeric


2 small heads red cabbage, sliced

Warm brown:

1 (6-cup) pot of strong coffee

Distilled white vinegar


  1. For all but the coffee color, in a 5 quart saucepan add 1 vegetable or ingredient. Add 4 quarts water, bring to a boil and cook for 1/2 hour or until the color is very dark. Allow to cool to room temperature and strain out vegetables. Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar and then add hard boiled eggs to each color. Refrigerate overnight. For the coffee color: brew the coffee. Allow to cool to room temperature. Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, add hard boiled eggs, refrigerate overnight.