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Natural Colourants December 9, 2008

Filed under: Cooking Tips,For Kids,Ingredients — obsidian @ 9:49 am
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If you don’t want chemical colourings, try some of these natural alternatives. To get the most colour from the foodstuff, take the food (such as a handful of raspberries) and simmer them in liquid until reduced, then strain and use the liquid. The juice for things like blueberries can be brushed over set icing with a pastry brush.

Yellow
Turmeric (Use sparingly in sweeter foods as the taste may overpower)
Saffron

Orange
Annatto seed
Carrot juice

Pink
Beetroot (Buy beetroot, slice it and simmer it in water, or buy canned)
Raspberries
Cranberry juice
Strawberries

Red
Raspberries
Beetroot
Pomegranate juice

Purple/bluish purple
Blueberries
Purple grape juice
Blackcurrant juice
Blackberries
Red/purple cabbage

Reddish Orange
Paprika

Green
Freshly juiced spinach
Spirulina (an algea herbal supplement)

Brown
Cocoa
Strong coffee

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