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All Natural Homemade Food Coloring- want an All Natural solution to store bought food coloring? Simple make your own. The results are amazing!!

How to Make All Natural Homemade Food Coloring

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Now more than ever we want to know what goes into our food.  What better way to know than to make your food yourself. Food dye has gotten a bad rap, so if you don’t want to use it or want an all natural solution then this is for you. 

Fruits, vegetables and spices have a strong pigment which is what makes them perfect for Homemade Food Coloring.

This dye isn’t as concentrated as regular dye so you might need to use more. It will work best for dying icing and frostings. For a cake, you will need to add more.

Does the All Natural Homemade Food Coloring taste like weird? Nope! You use such small amounts that you won’t taste the fruits and vegetables. Also, they are all quite mild flavored foods, with the exception of the Turmeric. Turmeric doesn’t actually have much taste, it is mostly used for its color. You will notice that this is the strongest homemade food coloring of them all and you only need to use very small amounts to get a strong yellow color.

If you want to make your own colors and expand your color wheel, you can mix two colors together to get a new one or use other fruits and vegetables like carrot juice. 

If you want to see my All Natural Homemade Food Coloring in action then check out my No-Bake Funfetti Cheesecake Recipe. This gorgeous pink colored cheesecake is all thanks to my food coloring. 

I like to be able to provided homemade solutions for baking ingredients so be sure to check out my more Bold Baking Basics like my Homemade Condensed Milk recipe and Egg Substitute tips.

Thanks to Leites Culinaria for the great All Natural Homemade Food Coloring recipes.

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Put good ingredients into your food and get great results out.

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Beets give you an amazing deep red, almost pink color. It looks beautiful and you don’t get the beet taste. And you can buy the bottles I used here on Amazon.com.

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I used Spinach to yield me a green food coloring, however you can use any leafy green that has a rich color.

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Turmeric is mostly used in cooking to color dishes a bright yellow. This makes it a great option to make All Natural Homemade yellow food coloring.

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Ironically, blueberries work so well for Homemade Purple Food Coloring, not blue like you might think.

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Raising your Bold Baking game by making your own All Natural Homemade Food Coloring!!! You will be amazed by the results.

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4.66 from 41 votes
All Natural Homemade Food Coloring
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Learn how to make All Natural Homemade Food Coloring for your baking using simple fruits and vegetables instead of the store-bought stuff.

Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 pint
Author: Leites Culinaria
Ingredients

  • Pink food coloring
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) cooked beets (canned or fresh)
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) beet juice (from can or cooking liquid)
    Yellow food coloring
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) water
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    Purple food coloring
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) blueberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen and thawed)
  • cup (3oz /90g) water
    Green food coloring
  • 1 cup (1oz/30g) spinach, fresh or frozen (if frozen, thaw and drain)
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) water
Instructions
  1. Pink
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend the beets and juice together until smooth. Pass through a sieve to remove the beets and save the beet liquid which is your food coloring.
  3. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.
  4. Yellow
  5. In a small saucepan, simmer the water and turmeric for 2 to 3 minutes. Allow to fully cool.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator. Turmeric can stain, so use a container you don’t mind turning yellow.
  7. Purple
  8. In a blender or food processor, blend the blueberries and water together until smooth. I like to use frozen berries because they have better color when defrosted. Pass through a sieve to remove the skins and pulp from the mix so you are just left with the purple liquid.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.
  10. Green
  11. If using fresh spinach, in a small saucepan, simmer the spinach and water for 2-3 minutes. Don’t cover the spinach as it will dull the green color. If using frozen and thawed spinach skip this step.
  12. In a blender or food processor, blend the spinach and water together until completely smooth. Pass through a sieve to remove the leaves.
  13. Store your green coloring in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.
  14. Add your Homemade All Natural Food Coloring to icings, frostings or batter. Add more coloring, if necessary.

 

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  1. Philomina on September 27, 2019 at 10:39 am

    A very useful article to read. Thanks a lot for sharing this. Fine work. Keep it up.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 27, 2019 at 11:23 am

      Thank you for your kind words.

  2. Judy on July 27, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    If using in play dough does it need to be refrigerated

    • Gemma Stafford on July 28, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Yes you just have to refrigerate the dyes not the actual play dough 🙂

      Best,
      Gemma.

  3. Karen on June 24, 2019 at 8:38 am

    i am assuming this can be frozen. i doubt I woould use it up even in six weeks?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 24, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      You can store these in the fridge, but I am not too sure about freezing them. I have had some Bold Bakers who suggest adding a little salt to preserve the color and freezing in an ice cube trays. Though I have not personally tried this. If you do, would love to know how you go. Gemma ????

  4. Meera on June 24, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Can v use these to colour cookies? Will the addition affect the consistency of dough, if so.

  5. Meera on June 24, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Can v use these to colour cookies? Will the addition affect the consistency of dough, if so.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 24, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Meera! The color will be very light in a cookie. These colors work best in frostings and light colored cakes. For a strong color you will a manufactured one, a paste or a gel.
      Depending on how much you use, you can unbalance a recipe, especially one where the water/liquid content is already small.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma ????

  6. Shoosh on June 15, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Love this article and definatly going to try this!
    Would you say one of those bright coloured rainbow cakes can be made with this?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 16, 2019 at 6:13 am

      Hi,

      Really glad you like this recipe. SO for the rainbow cake it is best to use concentrated, store bought colors because you just add a tiny amount to get the color. My colors are best for coloring icing, frosting or something list in color and texture. Cake will need too much of my dye.

      Hope this makes sense,
      Gemma.

  7. Stephanie Burton on June 2, 2019 at 8:03 am

    I like your article. How do you make blue food coloring?

    Thank you,
    Stephanie

    • Gemma Stafford on June 3, 2019 at 5:25 am

      Hi Stephanie,
      Homemade food coloring tends to give a soft, pastel type result. If you need a stronger color you will need to use a paste or gel. That said, you can get a blue color by using red cabbage and bicarbonate of soda. A large head of chopped red cabbage, cooked down in 2 liters of water. When it is cooked you can remove it and eat it! Then reduce the remaining water until it is a rich purple color, add 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to see the color change. Store in a sterile jar once cold. A bit of trouble for sure, but not if you like to eat red cabbage!
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Pat Dudman on April 22, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    my friends little girl got her first pink flowers on her birthday cake and was so happy. I used water from the beets and green from spinach well it looked okay but she was so happy. That was fourty years ago….

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2019 at 11:32 am

      That sounds, lovely!

  9. Theresa on April 19, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I have a 5 year olds Spiderman birthday cake to make. If i paint the beet one on white royal icing, will it go bright pillar box red?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 20, 2019 at 3:59 am

      Theresa,
      NO! the only way you will get primary colors is to use a commercially produced powder/paint/gel/paste. i am sorry, the beet color is more pink/purple.
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Vicky on April 1, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Have you ever used these to dye eggs for Easter? I’m just wondering if it would be the same process as store bought.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 1, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Hi, yes these will work, they might not be as bright as strong though.

  11. Lille L Smith on March 19, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Can you taste the turmeric when you use the yellow dye?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 21, 2019 at 6:09 am

      Great question!

      The yellow dye is so concentrated that you only need a little to color your food. Less than the other dyes. I personally couldn’t taste it.

      Best,
      Gemma.

      • bridgett sledge on September 16, 2019 at 7:33 pm

        do you have the recipe for the yellow?

        • Gemma Stafford on September 17, 2019 at 8:31 am

          Yes its below with the others. Its tumeric. And note a little goes a long way.

          Best,
          Gemma.

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