How to Make Homemade Natural Vegan Food
As most vegans may be aware, food colorings are not
necessarily vegan - in fact in most cases they are not. So it’s
a wise vegan who will either source out 100% animal-free
versions (from good quality vegan or health stores)
or make their own food colorings from natural fruits and
vegetables easily at home. And today Jane, the allergy food
awareness expert from Hullabaloo
Foods in Tasmania, Australia has passed on
her knowledge for the perfect mix to make your own food
Here are some of Jane’s recipes for the perfect food
Red / Purple. Gently simmer
raspberries, blueberries or mulberries in water for 30 minutes.
Once cooled you will need to sieve it twice. First time you can
just use the metal and squish the fruit to get the most liquid
out. Second time around lay two sheets of cooking muslin (or a
tea towel) over the sieve. Pour the liquid in but don’t’
squeeze – just let it drip at it’s own pace. Cover with a third
sheet as this will take 12-24 hours. Once all of the liquid is
through return to a clean saucepan and simmer to reduce to a
thick liquid. Store in fridge or freezer. Your color will vary
depending on the type and ripeness of the berry.
Pink – Beetroot Juice much easier but
watch out for the taste. Drain a tin of beetroot. Simmer liquid
slowly to reduce volume and increase colour strength (note from
Rebecca, I have personally and successfully used freshly
squeezed beetroot juice for pink coloring - you only need a
tiny few drops and you don’t get a beetroot taste like one
would usually suspect).
Yellow – Turmeric with a little hot
water, use sparingly as the taste of the turmeric will persist.
For a more expensive solution you could use real saffron.
Brown – Cocoa powder, carob powder and
Parisian essence make a soft brown but will all add the
relevant flavour. You could also caramelise some sugar and then
add to the icing mix.
So if you are wanting to make organic natural food color
alternatives just try any of these super easy ideas for that
perfect frosting to top off your next batch of vegan
P.S. If you are wishing to make green
colors, simply put one of the following… ‘celery, brocolli or
spinach’ (any green vegetable will work wonders actually)
through a juicer and you have three wonderfully vibrant green
color variations to choose from too.