Homemade natural food colouring is so easy to make. Adding color to your food is another refreshing way to give it more personality. I like food coloring because it gives me another perspective on food and makes it captivating. I usually make food coloring for pastries topping like buttercream, but it can be used for anything. Use your imagination!
Natural coloring vs artificial
Homemade natural food colouring is the best quality due to the lack of chemicals and preservatives in it. Food colouring is natural when it comes from fruits, vegetables, animals and minerals.
On the other hand, chemical lab creates artificial food coloring that contains preservatives and other chemicals. There have been studies showing a link between the consumption of artificial food colors, a sodium benzoate preservative and increased hyperactivity, cancerous cells, etc. My simple rule of thumb is to choose something that was created by God over something created in a lab. Just my personal preference.
How to make homemade natural food colouring?
The following food colors are all plant based and safe to use with anything. Also, the following do not transfer their tastes to the food. You can also make secondary colors by mixing the following primary colors. For example, yellow and red will give you orange.
Is natural food coloring safe?
Yes. Natural food coloring is safe since it is made from ingredients that are naturally consumed.
How do you get natural food colouring?
Most of the plant-based food colorants are obtained by extracting the color through boiling or pureeing the plant.
Does natural food coloring expire?
The food coloring will last 3 weeks. Always check before using it. If it has any smell and change of color please refrain from using it.Print
These are food colouring made with natural ingredients.
- Red: 3 beets peeled
- Yellow: 1Tbsp of turmeric
- Purple: 1 red cabbage
- Green: 1 bunch of spinach
- Blue: 1 red cabbage + ¼ tbsp of baking soda
- Roughly chop the vegetables and put them in a small sauce pan with 2 cups of water over medium-high heat.
- Bring them to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 25 min.
- Using a blender, puree the vegetables with their cooking water. Strain and transfer to a clean jar.
*For the purple color: remove the cabbage and put the liquid back on the stove until you get a syrupy texture.
*For the blue color: add the baking soda to the purple syrup.
*For the yellow color: add the turmeric to ½ cup of water in a sauce pan and let it simmer for 10 min. Then, let it cool.
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