Are you looking to make your own natural food coloring right at home? Well keep on reading and I’ll show you my DIY on how to make your own food coloring at home.
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So lately I’ve been thinking to myself what is exactly in all the products that I buy? I decided to take a gander at what’s inside some of those food coloring options. And I’m sure you’re not surprised, it’s not very natural.
So I decided why not give it a try and make my own.
Here’s exactly what you’ll need to create each color:
For red we have raspberries.
For green, spinach.
Yellow, mango; and red cabbage for both blue and purple.
Now don’t worry about the “taste” of these food colorings. You won’t even notice.
To get the natural juices from each fruit or vegetable, each goes through a different process.
For the raspberries using a food processor or masher works best. Once done transfer to a strainer and press all juice out. The same applies for the mango.
Know a cheesecloth works best at catching all the minor fibers.
Now on to our cabbage!
Chop your head of cabbage into smaller pieces and separate the leaves by hand into a pot. Fill your pot with water and boil the cabbage for 10 minutes on medium high heat. Remember because it’s natural food coloring you want to use a lot of the fruits and vegetables to create that color, and I’ll show you why using the red cabbage.
Once your water is purple save the amounted need for your recipe, then pour out a separate amount.
Using less than one fourth of baking soda, add it to your separated purple. Because the baking soda neutralizes the acid in our cabbage it turns our color blue.
Now here’s why I’ve mentioned creating a large amount of coloring. Notice how much blue it takes in my youtube video to turn my almond milk into a nice deep blue, in comparison to the mango.
And finally, we have our remaining vegetables.
For both spinach and carrots add one cup of water in your blender.
Blend until you have a smoothie looking consistency.
And again, pour through a strainer or cheesecloth.
Once all your colors are created, store in the freezer until you’re ready to use. Don’t forget to thaw before use.
And that’s it!