Appetite Starts With Your Eyes!
That’s why most commercial food items we see are attractively coloured.
But only a few know the fact that non-natural synthetic food coloring is linked with many health risks like hyperactivity in children, allergic reactions inside and outside the body, and the undesirable tumor growth as most of the artificial food dyes are carcinogenic.
Since most of them are made from partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which there is more susceptibility to getting ended up with various cardiovascular illness.
To avoid the potential risk, but still enjoy colourful cooking sessions, you should consider making your own food dye at home using some easy methods I’m going to explain here.
Fruits and Vegetables – “The Natural Color Donors”
The fruits and vegetables we use daily have a good amount of colour pigments that can be extracted using some handy methods.
You don’t have to go through the rocket science to make it.
The ultimate goal is to extract a sustainable color stain for a substantial period of time. You can take the help of some simple kitchen equipment to accomplish this mission!
When you think about the pink, the first thing that crosses your mind is beetroot.
To extract the colour, you have to boil 50 -100 grams of fresh peeled beets with sufficient water. Once it is boiled, take the cut beets out.
Now, take the cooked beets and half of the cooking liquid from the boiler pot, and pour the contents into the blender.
Blend the mixture until it becomes so smooth and greasy.
Pass the semi-solid content through a fine filter to take out the concentrated natural pink dye and store in a container.
Making the yellow colour dye is pretty easy. All you need is a little turmeric powder and some water.
Take approx 100 ml of water and a tablespoon full of turmeric, and mix it. Now use a comfortable pan and heat the mixture in the simmer for about 3 minutes.
Allow it to cool naturally (Don’t induce cooling), and store in an airtight container. Turmeric has the tendency to make permanent stains to the container. So use one which you don’t mind getting stained.
To make a purple dye, you need blueberries, water, a blender, and a fine sieve. I recommend using frozen blueberries as the pigment retention is greater than the normal ones.
Blend some blueberries with water until it becomes smooth and slippery. Now, pass the mixture through a fine filter to remove skin, pulp, and other extra materials, and collect the required pigment in a container.
The purple dye is ready.
To make green colour food dye, simmer the mixture of 30 grams of spinach with 120 ml of water in a saucepan for about 3 minutes. During the process, do not cover the pan as it could take away the colour concentration from the spinach.
Now, blend the spinach and the cooked water together using a good blender until it becomes juicy. Filter the juicy content to remove the debris and extract the concentrated color dye in a container that is airtight.
Orange is an appetite-inducing colour, and that’s the reason why most hotels design their advertisements keeping orange as the prime colour.
Carrots can be used to extract the orange color same as beetroots. The only difference is, you don’t have to peel carrots like the beets.
Use the same procedure of boiling some fresh cut carrots with enough water, and break the mixture into tiny parts using a blender until it becomes completely smooth liquid. Filter it using a fine filter and store it.
Take some red cabbage leaves and put them in simmer for about 15 minutes with enough water. Blend it finely with a blender until it becomes silky smooth.
Reduce the mixture with a fine filter. Now you will be seeing a purple mixture. This is the point where you have to add an extra ingredient to turn the purple mixture into the blue.
Add the smallest pinch of baking soda to the mixture, and that’s it. You will see the mixture turns into a gorgeous blue in seconds.
How You Should Store them
These colour dyes are supposed to be used within 6 weeks from the time of making. You have to store them in air-tight containers inside your refrigerator for best results.
Why lean towards buying on artificial colour dye when you can make your own without putting in much effort?
Think about it!
Push aside the laziness, and make it yourself. The next time you feel tempted to buy a synthetic one, remember the associated health consequences, and remember these easy and healthy methods, and don’t leave your health for a toss.
So, go natural, and let your family and friends know about this by sharing this.
Sharing is Caring!