Friday, January 02, 2015

Getting back to Natural Colours for Decorating

The red color of beets comes from betalain pig...
The red color of beets comes from betalain pigments. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Living in the Modern era of the 21st century is a walk in the park, yes that is what some would say.   I think its a bit like trying to transverse a mine field not a walk in the park. 

The dark side of modern living is largely about greed and there appears to be a lack of integrity to be found in corporations and the foolishness of participating in the buy of their wares.
English: A bundle of organic beets from a loca...
English: A bundle of organic beets from a local farm food co-op program. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my short lifetime I have seen food change dramatically.  Not much of it for the health of the people although the businesses would condemn this type of description.  What people call food is not food, packaged chemical laden parcels of poison could surely not be seen as food.  But sadly some how it is.  I will always take the opportunity to educate people about food and its importance.

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I want to show you some alternatives to using chemical colourings.  There is a vast range of alternatives that are absolutely safe and chemical free when colouring icings, puddings or cakes.

I came across this wonderful website that details every single recipe there is for natural and awesome colourings with food used as the basic dye.  Here are some examples from this awesomeness.  Links at the  bottom.
Pink and Red
You can use any number of options, but for a ton of color with almost no flavor, beets are your best bet. Use the juice from the canned kind, or make your own by either boiling or juicing the raw vegetable. Learn exactly how to make frosting colored by beets from Joy the Baker.
Carrots are your best bet for achieving a perfectly peachy tint.  A super tutorial on how to make food coloring from carrots.
Blue and Purple
And finally, the tricky twosome.  Red cabbage can be used to make both purple and blue food coloring.  For great colours, slowly stir in baking soda, a bit at a time. It will react with the cabbage juice and produce a perfectly pretty blue hue.

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