Skip the artificial colors and chemical dyes this year and give these Easter Eggs Dyed with Black Tea a try! You'll get stunning, unique colored eggs with gorgeous markings. You're going to love this fun and new way to dye Easter eggs with the kids this spring!
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Easter Eggs Dyed with Black Tea
Allergies and food sensitivities seem to be around every corner these days so it never hurts to look for ways to reduce our exposure to artificial colors and dyes.
Aren't they stunning? Pink and yellows, blues/purples, browns/oranges... so many colors can be made with all-natural ingredients.
What's amazing is you only need a handful of basic pantry staples plus something for the color (teas, blackberries, beets, turmeric, etc.) to create the colors of these beautiful eggs and I'm gonna share all the details with you.
Boiling Water - Be careful when handling this hot liquid.
White Vinegar - the acid in the vinegar helps the color bind to the eggshell. If you skip it, the colors will be very light and bland.
How to Make Easter Eggs Dyed with Black Tea
- First, boil the water in a stockpot.
- Then put the boiling water and tea bags in a large bowl and let steep for at least 10 minutes.
- Next, press or squeeze the tea bags into the water and discard them.
- Pour the tea into a bowl with the white vinegar and mix.
- Then place the eggs into the tea-vinegar mixture. Randomly check them until the desired color is achieved. I left mine in the dye for 8 hours.
- When you're happy with the color, use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the bowl. Place them on a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to dry.
- Have fun!
- You can use 8 personal-size tea bags or a single gallon-size tea bag.
- This concentration worked great for a dozen eggs. The dye can be reused for more eggs than that but it might not be as potent.
- We dyed our eggs for 8 hours straight to get the results you see. You could certainly dye them for more or less time to get varying shades of browns and oranges.
- If one of your tea bags breaks open, don't stress! The tea leaves won't hurt anything.
- If you have cracked eggs after boiling them, I don't recommend dying them. Consider those a snack or save them for another recipe (like my favorite potato salad).
- I used white eggs for my egg dying - if you use brown eggs, you will get an entirely different palette of darker colors.
More All-Natural Easter Egg Variations
- Pink/Purple Eggs: Easter Eggs Dyed with Beets
- Blue/Purple Eggs: Easter Eggs Dyed with Blackberries
- Yellow Eggs: Easter Eggs Dyed with Turmeric