I haven’t dyed Easter eggs in years!
But it was definitely one of my favorite parts of the holiday as a child. I remember gleefully taking those store bought kits with the funny smells and dying my eggs all different shades. I would occasionally put on a sticker or two (or five, come on) and just staring at my final masterpieces. But I don’t think I did anything beyond staring at the eggs. I never ate any of the eggs which seems like such a shame and waste of food. So I was completely intrigued when I saw this Epicurious recipe for naturally dyed pickled easter eggs. These eggs were also bright, vibrant and adorable but made to be eaten. While I can’t put any stickers on them, I was happy to let my little one play with them and of course eat them as well.
Naturally Dyed Pickled Easter Eggs Recipe
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
For pink pickled eggs:
- 1/2 small beet, peeled, quartered
- 1 shallot, sliced
- 1 bay leaf
For yellow pickled eggs:
- 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
For orange pickled eggs:
- 1 medium carrot, peeled, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 sliver peeled beet
- Small pinch of saffron
- 6 eggs
- Glass heatproof jars
Place eggs in a medium glass heatproof jar. Cook vinegar, salt, sugar, and 1 cup water in a small pot over high heat, stirring, until salt and sugar dissolve.
To make pink pickled eggs:
- Add beet, shallot, and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Pour over eggs, stir, and chill at least 3 hours or up to overnight for a darker shade of pink.
To make yellow pickled eggs:
- Add ginger, peppercorns, and turmeric and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Pour over eggs, stir, and chill at least 3 hours or up to overnight for a darker shade of yellow.
To make orange pickled eggs:
- Add carrot, garlic, beet, and saffron and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Pour over eggs, stir, and chill at least 3 hours or up to overnight for a darker shade of orange.
Pickled eggs can be made 5 days ahead. Remove from pickling brine once desired color has been reached, transfer to an airtight container, and chill.
- Active – 10 minutes
- Total – 20 minutes including chilling
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