Last Easter was my first attempt at dying Easter eggs with food instead of artificial coloring. I was surprised how well the eggs came out using only food items. The photo above are the eggs we dyed this year and most of them came out very nice. We tried a few new items that did not work so I will share that with you as well.

Why Skip the Artificial Dyes?

Artificial coloring can be found in a number of foods and have been linked to certain health conditions. It is usually recommended for all children with ADHD to stay away from all food coloring and additives because it can aggravate the condition. Some food dyes have been linked to skin rashes, asthma, headaches and even cancer. Food dyes can be found in Easter egg dyes but also soda, canned food, candy, boxed macaroni and cheese, and many others. It is wise to stay away from all artificial colors as much as possible to avoid any unwanted health risks.

How to Use Food as Easter Egg Dye

There are many web sites and blogs with posts on how to use food items as dye. The process is pretty much the same throughout but different choices of foods will give you different colors. The general process is to boil the food, herb, or spice in water and simmer for 15-30 minutes. Strain the liquid from the pot and add 1-2 tsp of white vinegar to the dye. The colors come out darker the longer you leave the egg in the dye. We left our eggs in anywhere from 1-2 minutes to 30 minutes and got varying degrees of color.

What Colors Worked?

Orange & Peach

Yellow Onion skins – remove out layer of 5-6 onions. Boil in 2 cups water for 30 minutes. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.


Tumeric – boil 4 tsp. turmeric in 2 cups water, simmer 15 minutes. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar

Dark Purple

Elderberries – boil 1/4 cup elderberries in 2 cups water, simmer 15 minutes. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar


Blueberries – boil 1 cup frozen blueberries in 2 cups water, simmer 15 min. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar


Mix 3/4 prepared yellow turmeric with 1/4 prepared elderberry

What Did not Work

Last year I got a nice pink color from using beets which I should have done again this time. I tried using raspberries with the same technique as the blueberries but the color did not stick to the eggs at all. I also tried to get a green by boiling alfalfa powder but it also did not stick to the eggs.

This is the pink color we got last year from using beets…that is definitely the way to go for pink.

Do you use food items to color your Easter eggs? What has come out the best for you?

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