Food colouring that is sold in the market comprises of unhealthy chemicals and toxins that can do more harm than good. Often, you will notice that these colours are not natural and don’t wash away even with soap. So here are some quick and easy ways to make food colouring at home. They make use of vegetables and other natural sources to add colour to some of your favourite dishes.
DIY Ways To Make Food Colouring At Home
1. Red Colour With Tomatoes And Pomegranate
Most kinds of red fruits work here but these are two fruits that can be easily dehydrated in the oven or you can also them in fresh forms. For instance, if you want to add red colour to cupcakes puree either fruit and add dash of the same. To give a more neutral taste, dehydrate raspberries in an oven for about 1-2 hours and then turn it into fine powder paste. Sieve it well and then use as desired.
2. Pink Colour With Beet Root
For getting a beautiful and funky pinkish colour, you have to slice up some beetroots and then dry it out either in the sun or even in your oven. Once the beet root is absolutely dry and loses its moisture, you can then mix it up in a blender and use a pinch as required.
3. Orange Colour With Carrots
Carrots are highly suggest for getting that nice and peachy tint when you are not looking for something over the top. Since they are naturally sweet, it is best to dehydrate carrots with a little bit of rock salt. Spread a foil paper in the OTG and slice carrots up. Put the salt on top of this and then let it dry for 1-2 hours till all moisture is sucked out. Blend and then sieve. To make the colour more orange, you can mix a little beetroot powder here too.
4. Yellow From Saffron Or Turmeric
For getting any kind of yellow colour your best bet would be either saffron or turmeric. Both are easily available. If you have fresh turmeric at home, then dry it up the same way – in the sun or in the oven and then puree it. To get a shade of yellow that you desire, you can also powder up some saffron in a little amount and mix it with the turmeric for a glowing yellow colour.
5. Green With Spinach
A healthy food colour has to be spinach, which is loaded with chlorophyll. Alternatively, you can also use any other dark leaf. Take some frosted spinach that is low on the water content and then put them in the OTG at low heat to dehydrate. Remember that spinach will lose some water so let it stay longer at lower temperature.
6. Blue With Berries
Blues are not really that tough anymore thanks to the blueberries and blackberries available that have different touches of blues. You can mix together berries and dehydrate them in the oven. Then sieve and use them the same way as above. To make the blue darker, you can add black colour suggested below.
7. Black With Squid Ink
Take some squid ink out when working with squids and store the same in the refrigerator. This is a liquid form of colouring and can be added to pasta doughs or other foods as per your requirements.
8. Purple With Cabbage
You can easily dehydrate the cabbage in oven. You need to take the purple cabbage here, which is easily available in the market. Use the outer deeper colours and then puree the same after dehydrating in the oven. Alternatively, you can mix your shades of blue, black and pink to get your choice of desired purple – a simple and easy natural food colouring.