1. Using a JuicerSelect coloured vegetables and juice them to get a desired colour. You can use an actual juicer, a food processor and then strain the skins & seeds, or even a garlic press for some fruits (for small amounts of natural dye).
Here are vegetables and fruits that yield natural food colouring:
- Canned beets or blueberries: Pink-Purple
- Carrots: Orange
- Canned tomato paste: Red
- Spinach: Green
- Raspberries/ Strawberries: Pink
2. Powdered IngredientsUse powdered vegetables and spices mixed with water, then mix with icing or knead it into dough to make your natural food colouring.
Powders that act as natural food colouring:
- Tomato powder: Red
- Beet powder: Pink-Purple
- Tumeric: Yellow
- Kale Powder: Green
Using Natural Food Coloring:
To Color PlaydoughAfter making cookies, we had some dye leftover. I could have frozen it, but figured we may as well put it to use right away.
We Made our Favourite Playdough:
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 tbs cream of tartar
- 2 tbs oil
- 2 tbs cream of tartar
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 tsp of natural food colouring (or more if desired)
- Essential oils (optional)
In Frosting for Cakes and CookiesWe made royal icing and then combined a small amount of natural food colouring into piping bags. I recommend only adding about a 1/4 tsp at a time to make sure not to water down the icing too much. They turned out beautifully.
To Make Edible Finger Paints!All you need is plain yogurt and the natural food colours of your choice. Add liberally to get desired colour. This is a wonderful way for young kids to procure the benefits of process art while using taste-safe paint. In the end, I am glad I tried my hand at making natural food colouring. Not only is it nearly as easy as using artificial food colours, it's also so much healthier for my family!
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