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Make Your Own Food Colouring

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Red:
5 fresh beets
Water to cover
Chop the beets and place in a large pot. Cover with water and boil. Remove from heat and let sit for at least 4 hours. Strain the beets, keep the liquid.

1 cup cranberries
Water to cover
Cover cranberries with water and boil for 2 hours, mashing the cranberries as they soften. Strain liquid.

Yellow:
Outer skins of 5 yellow onions
1 cup water
Boil the dark, dry outer skins of yellow onions in a covered pan for 10 minutes, or until the liquid is dark yellow. Strain the juice.

1 cup daffodil, acacia, or crocus blossoms
Water to cover
Cover blossoms with water in pan, bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 2 hours. Strain liquid.

Blue:
1/2 head red cabbage, chopped
1 cup water
Simmer the cabbage and water in a covered pan until the cabbage turns dark green and is just tender. Strain the juice, which will be blue.

1/2 cup blueberries
Water to cover
For a darker shade of blue, cover the blueberries with water and simmer for 30 minutes. Mash the berries and strain the juice.

Purple:
1/2 cup frozen blackberries
Allow the frozen blackberries to soften at room temperature for 30 minutes, then blend for 30 seconds.

Green:
Outer skins of 5 red onions
1 cup water
Boil the outer skins of the onions in the water in a covered pan for 10 minutes. Strain the juice.

1 cup clean grass clippings, spinach, or moss
Water to cover
Cover the grass, spinach, or moss with water and boil in pan for 10 minutes, then simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid.

Brown:
1 cup coffee grounds or 10 tea bags
1 cup water
Cover coffee grounds with water or add tea bags to water. Simmer, uncovered, in a pan for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid.

To use these colors on fabrics, you'll have to boil the fabric in a fixer or mordant before adding the colors. You can use either 4 tablespoons of potassium alum mixed with 1 tablespoon cream of tartar, or 1 teaspoon of chrome mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar.

To apply mordant to fabric, dissolve the mordant you have chosen in 1 cup of water. Add this mixture to a large pot containing at least 1 gallon of water. Use the above measures of mordant for each 8 ounces of fabric. Add the fabric, making sure there is enough water to cover, and simmer for 1 to 4 hours, depending on the color intensity that you want to achieve. Turn off the heat and let the fabric rest for another 4 hours; rinse, and dry.

Try experimenting with flowers and leafy materials that you can boil for color. Small rocks, berries and twigs yield pretty colors.





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