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April 3, 2018
Make amazing Easter eggs with ecological natural dyes!

Holy Thursday is drawing near and it is time to dye your Easter eggs. Over the last few years, many people have turned towards “green” egg dyes. “Green” being of course natural dyes! Colors that we borrow from Mother Nature! For this exact reason, you can dye your eggs a day ahead of time. How? Let’s take a look!

To dye your eggs in a natural way, you will need to use five different natural ingredients: Beetroots, Spinach, Red Cabbage, Turmeric and Coffee! The last two ingredients are more “processed” than the rest, but they can offer very interesting shades of color to your eggs. The process is as follows:

  • In a wide pot, add the beetroot bulbs (not the greens), quite a few spinach leaves or some leaves from red cabbage or 30 g of turmeric or coffee (choose one of the ingredients according to the color you want your eggs to be). Then add cold water and 100 g of vinegar to the pot.
  • Place pot over heat, bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.
  • When ready, set it aside to cool and add a little more water if necessary.
  • Your eggs should be at room temperature and it is best if they are as white or light colored as possible so that the colors can turn out brighter. Using a slotted spoon, add your eggs to the liquid in the pot, in one layer (without removing any of the ingredients you have chosen, like the beetroots or spinach leaves). Make sure they don’t crack or break. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.
  • When ready, remove pot from heat and allow them to cool in the pot along with all of the ingredients, while mixing them often. When the liquid has cooled completely, place the pot in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The following day, remove the eggs from the liquid, dry them on some paper towels, give them a little shine with some olive oil and put them in your egg basket or decorate your home for Easter!

Take a look at each recipe on its own so you can choose which one you like best.. or you can try making all of them! 

Easter egg dye with beetroots

Easter egg dye with beetroots by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Easter egg dye with turmeric

Easter egg dye with turmeric by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Easter egg dye with coffee

Easter egg dye with coffee by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Easter egg dye with purple cabbage

Easter egg dye with purple cabbage by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Easter egg dye with spinach

Easter egg dye with spinach by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

I look forward to seeing all of the Easter eggs you dye with these natural dyes! Send me your pictures!

 

Happy Easter to everyone!

 

Akis

 

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