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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.