Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Natural D.I.Y Food Coloring

                                          veggies : A large group of fruit and vegetables isolated on a white background.

 Recently, I did an article on Why Food Coloring is a "No, No"  and I decided what better way than to write an article on how to make natural food coloring! After all, it's a lot cheaper than the natural kind you buy in the store. Depending on the shade you want, it could work just as good, too.
 I've actually tried making pink lip balm that turned out a complete failure. Click HERE to see it. Don't worry I plan to revise it.  But, as I was saying, the items these DIY dyes call for you will probably already have on hand in your pantry (or your fridge). Scroll on down to see how to make them!


beets : Fresh red Beet on a white background Stock Photo
Beets. Yes, you can use beets to make a pink food coloring! There's two ways you can do this (use which you prefer, really)
The first method:
Blanche beets, then slice thinly. Dehydrate until crispy and grind up in a coffee grinder. When you want to use it, simply add a little water, until it becomes a liquid dye. Make sure to get out the excess powder.
2nd Method:
Juice beets. Use the juice as a dye.
Note: Putting a little beet juice on your lips works as a lip stain.


spinach : Pile of fresh baby spinach leaves over white
First Method. In a blender, add 1/2 cup of water and as much spinach as you like. Blend well. Strain.
2nd Method.
Dehydrate beets until crispy, then grind in a coffee grinder. Use the same way as shown above.

red cabbage : beautiful red cabbage isolated on white
Red cabbage.  (for this one, there is only one method.)
Boil cabbage in a pot of water until water resembles a dark purple. Once done, pour in a bowl and add a tiny bit of baking soda (for example, 1/2 to 1 tsp.). This will change the water from dark purple to a pretty bluish/green.

tumeric : Heap of turmeric on isolated white background
Ground Turmeric.

carrots : Bunch of carrots isolated on white background
Slice carrots thinly, then dehydrate. Grind in a coffee grinder.

cocoa powder : Coacoa Powder
Cacao powder/Carob Powder

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