Farm Fresh Food Coloring

Yes, it finally worked.  Beet juice food coloring for frosting, perfect for the Sugar Cookie Tamworth Sow, piglets and barn we made.  More experimentation to do and some say adding some maple syrup to the frosting helps the color be darker red and less fuschia, but vibrant, fun and less toxic!  There are some additional great tips and inspirations.  Emily Weaver Brown uses spinach, but we could not bring ourselves to sacrifice precious winter spinach to food coloring, but what about kale or chard?



Ok they weren't frosted carefully, but how 'bout that natural color!

Ok they weren’t frosted carefully, but how ’bout that natural color!

  • Beets
  • Water


Boil beets stovetop until soft or put beets in oven dish with a few inches of water, cover and cook at 400 degrees for 45 min – an hour until beets cooked to your liking.

Remove beets from water and use as you wish for salads or even to make beet puree for red velvet brownies or beet pancakes.

Put beet cooking water in a saucepan and boil down until it is the consistency of a syrup.  Towards the end keep a close eye so not to burn it.

Mix into your favorite frosting as you would commercial food coloring.