Many of us seem to be under the illusion that artificial coloring is the only way to go. However, the healthy chefs among us have proven that homemade food coloring is cheaper, better for you, and if done the right way, produces the same results! Today I am going to show you how to make red food coloring with raspberries. This food coloring worked well in the Red Velvet Cake.

What You Need: A food processor, a stove top, a small pot, a rubber spatula, a 6 inch strainer, a small bowl (that the strainer can fit on), 1 heaping cup of fresh raspberries, 1/4 cup of water.

Puree raspberries and water in the bowl of your food processor until smooth, add the raspberry puree to the small pot. Turn your burner to high heat, when the mixture comes to a boil, stir it gently but constantly with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom of the pot as you go. Reduce the heat to medium heat and cook for 10-15 minutes. The puree should form a pink foam on the top and be a deep red color. Place the strainer atop the small bowl and pour the raspberry mixture through it. Using your rubber spatula, press the liquid through the holes of the strainer. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to finish draining. Dispose of the pulp and seeds when the time is up. This makes 1/2 cup of all natural food coloring (you will need all of it for a cake).

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