Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

Dye your Easter eggs with onion skins.  It is easy, safe, and economical.  This technique will leave eggs with a beautifully colored marbled pattern.  You can use any onion skins - try different colors to get different effects.

You will need:

1.  Onion skins - allow the skin of one onion for each egg.

2.  Raw eggs

3.  1 clean rag or square of cloth, about six inches across, for each egg

4.  Twist ties or rubber bands

Four onion skin dyed eggs 
 A bowl of onion peels 1.  Peel the onions.  Larger pieces of peel are easier to work with than small pieces, so try to not to tear the peel too much.  If you are making a lot of eggs, you may want to save onion peels in advance.  Just keep this in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week ahead of time.
 Onion skins soaking in water 2.  Soak the onion skins for 5-10 minutes.  This will soften them and make them easier to handle.
 An egg wrapped in onion skins 3.  Wet an egg.  Wrap onion skins around it so that the shell is completely covered.
 An egg wrapped in a piece of white cloth 4.  Wrap the onion skinned wrapped egg in a piece of cloth.  Wrap it tightly and fasten it with a twist tie or rubber band.  Repeat until all the eggs are wrapped in onion peel and in cloth.
 Eggs boiling 5.  Cook the eggs.  Insert them gently into boiling water.  Let them boil or simmer for about 12 minutes.  (If you have a favorite technique for boiling eggs, use it.  The dye process with still work.)
 Onion dyed eggs 6.  Run cold water over the eggs and let them cool enough to handle.  Gently unwrap them and enjoy the beautiful colors.  If desired, you can rub them lightly with a towel dipped in vegetable oil.  It will give them a lovely sheen.

The Easter egg hunt is a beloved part of celebrating Easter.  Today it is common to use candy eggs or plastic eggs for the actual search, but many people still enjoy decorating eggs as a part of their Easter tradition.  Using onion skins to color eggs is an old-fashioned technique, but it produces lovely results.  The "dye" is also completely natural and non-toxic.


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