Naturally Dyed Eggs

Naturally Dyed Eggs

Celebrate Easter this year with naturally dyed eggs that you can enjoy with your eyes and your taste buds! Thanks Bon Appetit Magazine for the step-by-step instructions!

Yield: 6 eggs
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 15 min

Ingredients

  • 6 Braswell Family Farms eggs, hard-boiled
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water

For the dyes:

  • 2 small red beets
  • 2 tablespoons ground tumeric
  • 1 cup of blueberries or blackberries

Directions

1. Heat vinegar, salt, light brown sugar, and water with desired coloring ingredient (2 small red beets, shredded on a box grater, 2 tablespoons ground turmeric, 1 cup blueberries, or 1 cup blackberries) in a small saucepan over medium until hot. Remove brine from heat. This will be the same for all the ingredients above.

2. Gently tap eggs to crack shell all over, but make sure to keep the shell intact. This cracked shell lets the brine penetrate and concentrate in certain areas, making a unique tie-dye pattern on the egg. Carefully add eggs to brine and chill the pot for at least 8 hours and up to 3 days. The longer you leave them in, the stronger the flavor of the brine will shine.

3. When it's time to begin the Easter celebrations, remove the eggs from your brine and peel them, discarding the shells to reveal the fun colored patterns the brine left behind.

Enjoy these eggs by themselves or slice them on toast, use them in an egg salad, or as a colorful deviled egg appetizer. 

 Photo by Ted Cavanaugh

Photo by Ted Cavanaugh