Dyeing Eggs with Food: An Easter Tradition with a Twist

For most families, Easter just wouldn’t be the same without the time-honored tradition of dyeing and hiding hard boiled eggs. This year, try these dye recipes that use beets, blueberries, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, and turmeric. And while you’re dyeing the eggs with the kids, you can have fun learning conversations with them about the foods, like how the spice ‘turmeric’ was once considered a luxury good alongside gold, precious stones, and pearls during the spice trade.

  • Beet Easter Egg Dye – Place 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a saucepan; bring to a boil. Add 2 cups of shredded beets to the boiling water. Reduce heat, and simmer beet mixture for 15 minutes. Strain the dye into a large cup and let it cool before dyeing eggs.
  • Blueberry Easter Egg Dye – Place 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a saucepan; bring to a boil. Add 1 cup of frozen blueberries to the boiling water. Reduce heat, and simmer blueberries for 15 minutes. Strain the dye into a large cup and let it cool before dyeing eggs.
  • Jell-O Easter Egg Dye – Place 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a saucepan; bring to a boil. Add an entire package of Jell-O mix to the boiling water. Reduce heat, and simmer ingredients for 15 minutes. Strain the dye into a large cup and let it cool before dyeing eggs.
  • Kool-Aid Easter Egg Dye – Place 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a saucepan; bring to a boil. Add 1-2 envelopes of Kool-Aid drink mix to the boiling water. Reduce heat, and simmer ingredients for 15 minutes. Strain the dye into a large cup and let it cool before dyeing eggs.
  • Turmeric Easter Egg Dye – Place 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a saucepan; bring to a boil. Add 4 tablespoons of turmeric to the boiling water. Reduce heat, and simmer ingredients for 15 minutes. Strain the dye into a large cup and let it cool before dyeing eggs.

Note: Depending on the hue you desire, you may need to leave some eggs in some dyes longer.