Natural Dye Easter Eggs For The Instant Pot

 

Are you looking for a creative and fun way to use your instant pot this Easter? These Natural Dy Easter Eggs For the Instant pot are just the thing! 

 

Natural Dye Easter Eggs For The Instant Pot


Skip the kits that you can buy in stores with little tablets of color that dissolve in the vinegar/water mixture. Color Easter eggs the natural way with homemade dyes from basic ingredients like purple cabbage, blackberries, onion peels, chopped beats and more.

Check out how to make natural dye Easter eggs for the Instant Pot below. You won’t have to worry whether these naturally colored eggs are safe to eat.

I have seen those shaving cream dyed eggs and silk tie eggs and it got me wondering – how safe can those be to consume? Why go through all the work to color your eggs only to throw them away?

Sure, it’s fun to color eggs, but it seems like a waste of money to just toss them out with the trash. Although silk is a natural product, some of the coloring and dyes can be toxic. These toxins can be harmful to children.

Instead, if you’re going to hide eggs for the kiddos to hunt, give them naturally colored eggs that are not harmful to consume. 

 

I’ve been moving my family toward a lifestyle consisting of as close to all natural ingredients from the food we consume, make-up, cleaners in our house, essential oils to all things in between.

Many of the store bought items are treated and/or filled with chemicals and toxins that are bad for our bodies.

I have even been making our own cough syrup, elderberry gummies and elderberry syrup for immune boosting and let me tell you it has been fantastic! We have found that the natural cough syrup doesn’t taste as bad and it has helped suppress my kids’ harsh coughs.

I have stepped out of the box (of crayons, that is) and used the instant pot for my own crayons and chapstick!   As a mom, I am trying hard to surround my family with more natural products.  It has been an enjoyable adventure and with Easter around the corner, why not incorporate natural dyed Easter eggs as well?!

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Making Natural Dye Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot


I was amazed when I read that boiled spices, berries, vegetables and other pantry ingredients could be used to create natural colored Easter eggs. So I packed the kids up and headed to the store for an adventure.

Now I  will admit I got a little crazy looking at the produce and trying to think of what would work for every color of the rainbow! So I purchased beets, onions, a variety of berries, spices, cabbage and headed home.

I pulled out some jars and began experimenting with each ingredient and determining how much of each ingredient was needed to get those vibrant colors I desired. I was amazed at how well it turned out! It was like a fun science experiment with the kids

Some ingredients require a short time to get the vibrant colors. For example, the onion skins, sage and red cabbage required just a few minutes. Other ingredients required a little more time. Keep this in mind when creating your colorful eggs.

Regardless, the longer the eggs soak, the more profound the colors will be. It was a big success! You might find a variety of items that will give you the perfect color you are searching for. Besides, it’s a lot of fun pretending you’re a mad scientist trying out new mixtures.

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Ingredients For Natural Dye Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

***Pink – 1/4 cup chopped beets and apple cider vinegar

***Orange – dry skin from 2 yellow onions

***Yellow – 2 tsp turmeric

***Dark stone green – 1 tsp sage

***Neon green – 1/4 cup chopped red cabbage and 1 tsp turmeric

***Navy blue – 1/4 cup blueberries

***Light purple – 10 blackberries

***Light blue – 1/2 cup purple cabbage

***Rusty red – 1/4 chopped beets and white vinegar

***Flowers – purple flowers and apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tbsp white vinegar or apple cider vinegar- see notes and directions for more info on this.
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • canning jars
  • 2 eggs for each jar
  • An instant pot of course!

 

Directions For Natural Dye Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

1) Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot. Insert the trivet with the handles folded under.

2) Pour 2 tbsp. vinegar and 1/2 tsp salt into each jar. Add the ingredients for each dye in a different jar. Mix it up and mask it a little to let the color start seeping.

3) Carefully place two eggs in each jar. Fill the jar the rest of the way with water.

4) Arrange the jar on the trivet. I was able to cook 3 jars at a time. Cook on high pressure using the manual function for 6 minutes. Allow the pressure release naturally for 6 minutes before doing a quick release.

5) Carefully remove the jars using a pot gripper. Use the tongs to check the color of the eggs. If you would like a brighter color, let the eggs continue to sit. If you are satisfied with the color, remove the eggs and place them in an ice bath for 6 minutes. DO NOT rub the eggs yet.


6) Remove the eggs from the ice bath and let them air dry. When they are dry you can gently rub them with a paper towel that has a little oil on it to bring out the color and let them shine.

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Notes about Natural Dye Easter Eggs For The Instant Pot

– Some colors like the onion skins, turmeric, sage, and red cabbage mix with turmeric were ready right away. Others needed to soak for a while longer to retain color. The longest I let any of the eggs soak was an hour, but you can move it to the fridge and let them soak overnight or longer.

– We experimented with tons of kitchen items. Some worked using this method while others did not. Some of our fails were spinach, carrots, and chili powder. They didn’t retain the color no matter how long I soaked the eggs.

– The vinegar and dye did not seep through the shell, so the eggs do not taste like vinegar or beets.

– I noticed that apple cider vinegar gave the beets a brighter pink color than plain white vinegar. Next time I think I would use apple cider vinegar with the berries and red cabbage to see how it effects the color.

– I did use apple cider vinegar with the flowers so that the vinegar would make the white parts of the egg tan.

– You can totally reuse the dye to cook more of the same color. I didn’t try mixing the dyes but in retrospect it probably would have worked to get distinct colors.

 

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Natural Dye Easter Eggs For The Instant Pot

Natural Dye Easter Eggs For The Instant Pot

Color Easter eggs the natural way with homemade dyes from basic ingredients like purple cabbage, blackberries, onion peels, chopped beats and more.

Ingredients

  • Yellow:
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • Orange:
  • dry skin from 2 yellow onions
  • Pink:
  • 1/4 cup chopped beets
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Dark stone green:
  • 1 tsp sage
  • Neon green:
  • 1/4 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Navy blue:
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • Light purple:
  • 10 blackberries
  • Light blue:
  • 1/2 cup purple cabbage
  • Rusty red:
  • 1/4 chopped beets
  • white vinegar
  • Flowers:
  • purple flowers
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Other:
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar or apple cider vinegar- see notes and directions for more info on this.
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • canning jars
  • 2 eggs for each jar

Instructions

  1. Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot. Insert the trivet with the handles folded under.
  2. Pour 2 tbsp. vinegar and 1/2 tsp salt into each jar. Add the ingredients for each dye in a different jar. Mix it up and mask it a little to let the color start seeping.
  3. Carefully place two eggs in each jar. Fill the jar the rest of the way with water.
  4. Arrange the jar on the trivet. I was able to cook 3 jars at a time. Cook on high pressure using the manual function for 6 minutes. Allow the pressure release naturally for 6 minutes before doing a quick release.
  5. Carefully remove the jars using a pot gripper. Use the tongs to check the color of the eggs. If you would like a brighter color, let the eggs continue to sit. If you are satisfied with the color, remove the eggs and place them in an ice bath for 6 minutes. DO NOT rub the eggs yet.
  6. Remove the eggs from the ice bath and let them air dry. When they are dry you can gently rub them with a paper towel that has a little oil on it to bring out the color and let them shine.

Notes

– Some colors like the onion skins, turmeric, sage, and red cabbage mix with turmeric were ready right away. Others needed to soak for a while longer to retain color. The longest I let any of the eggs soak was an hour, but you can move it to the fridge and let them soak overnight or longer.

– We experimented with tons of kitchen items. Some worked using this method while others did not. Some of our fails were spinach, carrots, and chili powder. They didn’t retain the color no matter how long I soaked the eggs.

– The vinegar and dye did not seep through the shell, so the eggs do not taste like vinegar or beets.

– I noticed that apple cider vinegar gave the beets a brighter pink color than plain white vinegar. Next time I think I would use apple cider vinegar with the berries and red cabbage to see how it effects the color.

– I did use apple cider vinegar with the flowers so that the vinegar would make the white parts of the egg tan.

– You can totally reuse the dye to cook more of the same color. I didn’t try mixing the dyes but in retrospect it probably would have worked to get distinct colors. 

 

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