Inside Fun: Make Your Own Food Coloring

Make Your Own Food Coloring
You can make your own food coloring by using other foods. Have you ever forgotten to strain the extra juice from blueberries when you are going to make blueberry bread? I can't possibly be the only one. The whole loaf will turn a beautiful hue of purple. Just think, you can save the juice and use it to add color to your frostings and other items. There is nothing artificial about it and you don't have to worry about all the health risks associated with artificial food dyes.

You’ll need to use a sieve to strain the pulp from the juice and then add as much of the juice as needed for the desired color. Berries are great for making colored icing. There are also natural food dyes that can be found at your natural food store or online.

Foods That Color Other Foods:
Red: onion skin or beets
Yellow: turmeric
Brown: coffee
Blue: red cabbage
Lavender: blackberries
Green: spinach

There are plenty of other naturally occurring items. Please be careful when trying to dye other foods. If you do this at home your food may take on the taste of the dye, i.e cabbage. Yuck.


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