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How to make food colors at home

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The coloring is responsible for keeping our food’s appearance matching our expectations. 

Food colors have been around for longer than we might think. 

It actually dates back to 1500 BC. 

We encounter food colors in many of the foods and beverages every day. 

These food dyes make our food looking and tasting tempting and good.

There are two main categories – natural and synthetic food colorings. 

The coloring is responsible for keeping our food’s appearance matching our expectations. 

Eating is a full sensory experience and coloring makes the food to reflect the taste or freshness we are looking for.

Natural is always better than artificial/synthetic. 

Thus natural coloring has become increasingly popular. 

Many of the natural and plant-based dyes are the same as what people have used for centuries. 

Besides good for coloring, they are rich in vitamins and minerals too. 

But synthetic colors carry potential health risks.

So, say goodbye to food colors riddled with chemicals, and check out the healthy food color options that can be made at home with just natural ingredients – fruits and veggies. 

These colors contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives. 

Also, these are cheaper than those store-bought colors.

How to make a purple food color

In a high-speed blender, blend one cup of purple grapes adding one-fourth cup of water until smooth. 

Strain and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

Add a teaspoon to your food or beverage to impart a purple hue. 

Add more coloring if required. 

The second option is to work with cabbage. 

Chop a medium-sized cabbage. 

Put it in a pan and cover with water. 

Simmer on low flame for 10 to 15 minutes. 

It will start leaving a purple liquid. 

Turn off the flame and let it sit for another 15 minutes. 

Strain and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

How to make green food color

Take one cup of tightly pressed fresh spinach. 

Boil it in a covered pan for 10 minutes on low flame adding one-fourth cup of water. 

Turn off the flame and allow it to rest and cool down for 15-20 minutes. 

After cooling, blend the spinach along with water in a high-speed blender until completely smooth. 

Strain and store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.

How to make red food color

Take one cup of grated beetroot. 

Boil it over medium flame in a pot adding one-fourth cup of water. 

Let it simmer for 15 minutes. 

Take off the flame. 

Let it cool. 

Strain and store in an airtight container and refrigerate it. 

You can also blend pomegranate seeds or strawberries along with very little water to make natural red coloring. 

Strain them and store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator. 

Pomegranate and strawberries are likely to change the flavor of the dish, so beets are the best option.

How to make yellow food color

In a pan take a half cup of water. 

Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder and give a boil on high flame. 

Then simmer for 10 minutes.

Allow cooling.

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

How to make pink food color

Take one cup of grated beetroot. 

In a high-speed blender, blend it adding one-fourth cup of water until smooth. 

Strain and store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.

How to make blue food color

Take a cup full of blueberries. 

Grind them in a high-speed blender along with one-fourth cup of water until smooth. 

Strain and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

How to make orange food color

Take one cup of tightly pressed grated orange carrot. 

Blend it in a high-speed blender along with one-fourth cup of water until smooth. 

Strain and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

These colors can be used for up to two weeks if stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator. 

They may give your foods less vibrant hues but they are safe to eat. 

If you want to achieve a brighter color, make these colorings more concentrated by heating them on low flame for further few more minutes. 

These colors may introduce some new flavors to your dishes, so add them gradually.

Rely on novel things like real fruit and vegetable juices to color your foods and beverages. 

If you want to upsurge the flavor and appearance profile of your favorite foods, reach for these natural add-ins.

Qualities of a good food color

It must dissolve evenly – it should thoroughly mix to form a homogeneous solution.

It should maintain its color when dissolved.

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