Wheatsville Food Co-Op Shares Some Natural Ways To Dye Easter Eggs With Items In Your Kitchen

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Items Needed:

  • White or brown eggs
  • egg carton
  • stock pan
  • water
  • white vinegar
  • slotted spoon
  • natural materials for dyeing
  • Optional: Tape, string, rubber bands, cheesecloth squares, natural beeswax crayons to create designs on eggs, and vegetable oil for an extra sheen.

What Are Some Of The Best Plant-Based Dyes?


Hot Bath Method:

  1. Place uncooked eggs in a stainless steel stock pan. Add water 2-
    3 inches above eggs. (When using bottled juice, fill 2-3 inches
    above eggs. Do not add water.)
  2. Add natural dye ingredients and 1-2 tablespoons vinegar per quart of water.
  3. Cover and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove eggs with a slotted spoon and air dry.

Cold Bath Method:

  1. The process for cold dyeing is much the same as the hot method except the eggs and dyes are cooked separately.
  2. Simmer the dye ingredients (water, vinegar, and dye) for 20-30 minutes or longer, until the dye reaches your desired shade.
  3. Allow the liquid to cool and submerge hard-boiled eggs in the dye for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove eggs with a slotted spoon and air dry.


  • Colors will appear darker on brown eggs
  • The longer the eggs stay in the dye, the deeper the color will be
  • Leaving the eggs in the dye for several hours or overnight (in the refrigerator) is recommended for achieving deep colors
  • Allow the liquid and eggs to cool before refrigerating
  • The flavor of the egg may change based on the dye. If you plan to eat your dyed eggs, a shorter dye bath and fresh ingredients may be preferable
  • Make a drying rack by cutting the bottom off an egg carton and turning it upside down

If you’d like to make naturally-dyed eggs without spending the extra time boiling fruits and veggies, Wheatsville has some natural kits available for purchase. Plus, Wheastville has tons of Easter goodies, all of the ingredients for an Easter brunch and dinner. Everything from lamb chops to vegan roasts!


Wheatsville Food Co-op is a full service, natural foods cooperative grocery store, that has been serving the central Austin community since 1976. The cooperative works to create more: local, organic, sustainable food options, co-op economy and more happy people. Wheatsville stocks more than 2,000 local items on their shelves and offer a 100-percent organic, fair trade coffee bar, made-to-order sandwiches, salad bar, pantry essentials and more. They are the only retail grocery cooperative in Texas and have more than 20,000 invested owners. 

Wheatsville’s mission is creating and supporting a self-reliant, self-empowering democratic community of people who are also transforming and giving back to the local community.

Visit www.wheatsville.coop for more information!

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