Is anybody out there celebrating St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow? Do you have some green food coloring close by for icing, green beer, or baked goods? Before you put that dye in your body, take a look at what these dyes can do.
I have been hearing more talk lately about the dangers of artificial food dyes. Several colored dyes are known carcinogens, but are still in our food supply. Some have shown increases in kidney, bladder, adrenal, and testes tumors. And lately, the buzz has been about artificial dye and the link to hyperactivity and ADHD .
So before you reach for that bottle of green dye tomorrow, here is a super easy way to make green food dye.
- Buy some kale.
- Boil the kale for about 10 minutes
- With a slotted spoon, scoop kale into a blender. Add some of the cooking liquid and puree until smooth.
- Strain kale so that only liquid remains.
- Store in your refrigerator for a few days or freeze in cubes to use later.
- Mix some of the liquid into your cake batter, icing, beer, or mix with cornstarch for paint.