Dying Easter Eggs with Onion Skins
I inherited this recipe from my grandma. I like to use safe, natural ingredients to make natural dyes to color Easter eggs.
1 tablespoon salt
1 tbsp. olive oil
4-5 cups water
Peel dry skins from onions. Reserve onions for another use. In a medium saucepan, add 4 cups water, onion skins and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, covered, for about 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat
and let cool to room temperature. Add eggs and one tablespoon of salt, bring water to a boil, take the pot off the heat for a moment and then put it back on a low simmer for 10 -12 minutes.
Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and cool. When cool enough to handle, massage in a little olive oil to each egg, then polish with a paper towel.
Tip: I have been collecting onion skins for a while. I saved onion skins every time I cooked something with onion. Also, one time I went to a supermarket and asked shop assistant if I could root through the onion bin for skins so I didn't end up with a dozen naked onions. They thought I was crazy but very nice.
Dying Easter Eggs with Turmeric
Hard-boil eggs in a saucepan of water with 1 tablespoon salt.
Add 3 tablespoons turmeric and 1 tablespoon white vinegar to 2 cups hot water and stir until dissolved. Vinegar helps remove any residue from the eggs surface.
Soak eggs in the dye until the desire hue is reached for about 10-20 minutes. Stir the eggs from time to time for more even color. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the dye and set them on a wire rack to dry.