Natural Dye with Onion Shells
The best natural dye for Easter eggs happens to be the red onion shell, that’s what we use in Armenia. The only way my grandmother would dye those special Easter eggs was using the red onion shells, that she’d gather and save during the year. She’d even say that : eggs dyed with natural dye are tastier, healthier and special. She was always right , and I still remember so many things she’d say or do, and can’t stop thinking what a wise , strong and simply remarkable woman she was.
I normally use brown or white onions, so didn’t have a chance to save the shells throughout the year, my bad. But I was determined to find the shells when the time comes, and to my luck I came across with a pile of red onion shells in my local supermarket. I grabbed and scraped those onion shells , didn’t live a spec on that aisle, as if those were my lifesavers. They were in some way:)
I really wanted to share this natural dye idea with everyone who didn’t know.
One other thing , besides natural dye ,we also use natural greens to decorate those Easter eggs.
In my YouTube tutorial ,I explain and show everything in details, so please refer to the video and feel free to ask me questions if something isn’t clear.
This isn’t anything that requires a recipe , so I’ll simply put down the directions on how to make those special Easter eggs.
Happy Easter Everyone !
You will need:
White eggs, uncooked
Red onion shells (only dry shells )
Cilantro leaves (parsley can be used as well)
Vinegar ( ⅓ -½ cups)
A few drops of oil to brush the finished eggs for shine
Dip the cilantro leaf in water o help it stick better
Place it on the egg
Place the pantyhose over the egg, on the part where you placed the leaf
Gently pull and stretch the pantyhose from the back, making sure the leaf is set properly
Tie with the thread, make sure it’s tight so it doesn’t come off while cooking
Cut the additional thread and pantyhose
Arrange some of the shells in the bottom of the pot
Place a layer of eggs, than more onion shells ,than eggs last layer should be the shells
Pour cold water as much as you need to cover the eggs completely
Cook on medium to low heat about 45-50 minutes
Turn off the heat and pour vinegar and allow to set 10-15 minutes
Remove the eggs and place in cold water to cool down completely
Cut and remove the cilantro leaf and stocking
Allow to dry and gently brush with oily towel