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How to Make All-Natural Food Dye for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to say “I Love You” than with a batch of freshly baked Sweet Loren’s cookies. Even better? Decorating the cookies with some yummy all-natural frosting! There are tons of all-natural frosting recipes online, but we wanted to let you know that you can up your game even more by using an all-natural food dye! It’s the perfect way to share the love this V-Day!

To turn your delicious frosting red (or light pink depending on saturation) by using these to add some color:

  • Beet juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Red raspberry¬†pur√©e

Beet Juice

You’ll need 2 fresh beets & 1 cup of water to use beets as the liquid replacement for the water or milk in your frosting recipe. First, take your beets, remove the green and root end and slice into smaller pieces. Use a blender or food processor to grind the beets to a pulp. Combine the water and beet pulp in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. After about 40 minutes, pour the mixture through a strainer and into a bowl. Wa-la!

Pomegranate Juice

You can boil a few pomegranates and use the colored water that is left behind to color your frosting!

Red Raspberry Puree

Take a cup of raspberries (frozen or fresh) and a cup of water and bring to a boil in a saucepan. Then use a blender or food processor to puree the raspberries. Pour into a mess strainer to get rid of the seeds and use the rest of the puree as your food dye!

Note: the amount of veggies/fruits you use will vary depending on the saturation you want & how much frosting you’re using! You can also store the frosting in an airtight container and freeze to for later use.

The all-natural food dye possibilities with different fruits & veggies are endless! Let us know what kitchen hacks you want to learn. In the meantime — Happy Valentine’s Day!

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