Hi Bold Bakers! I am very excited to be able to finally tell you I am releasing a brand new video series called Bold Baking Basics. It is a collection of your most requested Bold Baking techniques like how to make homemade food dye, homemade condensed milk, egg substitutes, and so much more. This means that you will be getting a brand new video every Monday as well as Bigger Bolder Baking on a Thursday.
So that’s two videos a week. I’m really excited and I want to get started today by showing you the very first one. Now more than ever we want to know what is going into our food. And what better way than to make it yourself. One ingredient that gets a bad rap is food dye. So if you don’t want to use it or would like an alternative, you can always make it with all natural ingredients like fruits and vegetables. It is really easy and you get a great result. For the food dye, I have chosen fruits and vegetables that already have a really lovely natural strong color. We are going to start out by making a red food dye using beets.
Into a food processor, we are going to add in our cooked beets. Now you can use can cooked or you can cook it off yourself. So into this we are going to add in some beet juice. Now you can use canned beet juice or what I have is reserved cooking liquor from the beets. And just in case you’re worried, you will not be able to taste any of these natural ingredients in your baked products. Okay, on with our lid and you just want to process this until its really well blended.
You know this red looks even better than something I could buy in a store. And that’s it; only takes a few seconds. Okay, we are going to take our puree and pass it through a sieve to remove any of that beet pulp and just end up with the lovely liquid. There’s your juice and you will end up with some pulp in your sieve and that’s what you want. Okay, now all we have to do is pour our food dye into our jar. So these little jars are fantastic. I use them for homemade food dye and homemade extracts.
You can buy them directly on my website. Fill it all the way up to the top. On with your lid. And look at that. All natural, beautiful food dye and so easy. Now we are going to move on to our next color. Spinach has a beautiful green color and that’s what we’re using for our green food dye. You can use cooked and frozen spinach that has been defrosted, or you can use fresh spinach. All you have to do is, in a big pot, cook it down with a little bit of water until it wilts.
And then take it off the heat. And you want to make sure that you reserve that cooking liquid. So when its nice and cold, put it into your food processor with the liquid. And as always, the written recipes can be found on my website. Okay, on with our lid. And then just blitz it until it’s nice and blended. You want to do this for around two minutes or so because you really want to break down that spinach and get the lovely color.
Okay, looking good. And then just like before, pass it through a sieve to remove any of the spinach pulp and just keep the lovely colored liquid. And then with your spinach juice, fill your jar all the way to the top. Because these homemade food dyes are made using all natural ingredients, they do have to be kept in the fridge and they will last up to four to six weeks. On with our lid. And there you have it: another simple, yet homemade food dye.
This is going to be fantastic in my baking. We’re going to move on, to our next color. Our next food dye is yellow and this is very simple to make. In a heavy bottom sauce pan, we’re going to add in some water and some turmeric. Then give it a little whisk and let it simmer. Then we’re going to take it off the heat, let it cool down, and then pour it into our jar. Now just like the other flavors, remember, you’re not going to be able to taste this.
You use such small amounts and turmeric doesn’t have much flavor; it’s all about the color. On with your lid nice and tight. And there is your all natural homemade food dye. I mean, its incredible. Who even knew you could make your own homemade food dye? Now we’re going to move on to our last color. The next food dye we are making is purple. Now, ironically, you use blueberries to get purple because, as you can see, they have this beautiful dark purple juice that naturally comes out of them. It’s gorgeous. Now you can use fresh blueberries, however I like to use frozen blueberries because they are a little bit juicier and I think you get a better color.
So these guys are going to go straight into our food processor and we’re going to add in a little bit of water. Already you can see the color coming out in them. And then on with our lid. And then we’re going to blend them up until it’s nice and fine. So you’ll notice that these food dyes are not as concentrated as store bought, but they still do have a really strong color. You might need to add in a little bit more to your recipes, but they make a great addition to something kind of thin like frostings, coloring icings, even batters. The color is looking great. Now just like the others, we’re going to pass it through the sieve and remove any of that pulp and keep all of the lovely juice. For homemade food dye, you can use any fruits or vegetables that have really strong color.
They don’t have to necessarily what I used. Into our jar and fill it all the way up to the top. On with your lid nice and tight. And that’s it! That’s how easy it is to make your own all natural homemade food dye. Let’s just look at these beautiful colors. For lots more Bold Baking Basics just like this one, make sure you check out my other videos..
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