It’s well known that artificial food colouring is linked to kids behaviour problems. So why not give our kids the best start in life and avoid artificial additives as much as possible. It’s not only food colouring bottles that we need to throw away but also to start to look at the ingredient lists and eliminate artificial additives as much as realistically possible. Here are some simple steps to make natural pink food colour at home.
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What Can I Use Instead of Food Coloring?
Nature gave us foods in so many beautiful colours, yet somehow it became a norm to colour it artificially to “enhance” the appearance, especially food marketed towards kids. Often colour is used to make food more appealing as there are no ingredients of natural origin.
My personal preference is to skip any colourings and let the fresh and natural ingredients show their true colour. Exception, however, is our kid’s birthdays or special occasions. In that instance, I give in, but take time to make homemade, natural and often organic food colours using turmeric, beetroot, green tea, cocoa as well as blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
As we have a gorgeous girl, pink is a favourite and the easiest to make.
How do You Make Pink Food Coloring at Home?
Finely grate cooked or fresh beetroot (on the photo below the beetroot is cooked)
Press through a fine sieve to extract the juice.
I’ve used it here to colour royal icing
Add a small amount of beetroot juice. You can always add more if necessary. The royal icing will turn from stiff peaks to soft.
If you need runny royal icing for “flooding” add more beetroot juice or water if you are happy with colour depth.
Here I’m using it to make white and pink butterflies. And let them dry… For the assembled butterflies see the top photo.
The cake and cupcake icing below are also coloured using beetroot juice. The pink is slightly different as it’s mixed with yellowish crème patisserie producing a vintage shade of pink.
Beetroot juice is also great for colouring homemade natural playdough.
Tips on Making Homemade Natural Food Colours
Our son isn’t that much into pink, so I use other natural food colours:
- yellow: turmeric
- gold: turmeric and cocoa
- green: powdered green tea
- reddish pink: raspberries (can turn blue or grey if the food you’re coloring is acidic)
- purple/blue: blueberries, blackberries
- brown: cocoa or chocolate
There are other possibilities, like spinach and avocado for green, but suitable for savoury dishes. Or use flowers (as above) and herbs (mint, parsley) for a nice contrast.
There are different solutions for colouring food. Whatever works for you is better than artificial food colouring. Please share with us your favourite ways of making pink food colour at home. Also, if you like beetroot, you can also try this vegetarian beetroot salad.