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Are Saffron Crocus petals edible?

Can the saffron crocus flower petals be used for food/drink coloring? Are they poisonous/edible? (With reference please.) I found a link, that states that the bulbs are edible, but there is nothing ...
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Colored cake without food coloring?

I'm wanting to make a layer cake for a birthday WITHOUT food coloring. Specifically, I'm wanting to make red and blue. Could I add raspberry juice or puree to a basic white cake recipe or would that ...
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How can i improve the strength/pigmentation of colours in my Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing

I use Swiss Meringue Buttercream (SMBC) to cover my cakes. Whenever i colour them the colours always come out very pastel/light. I can sometimes get slightly more intense colour by adding black or ...
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Is the print on eggs safe for consumption?

I notice that many eggs nowadays have print on them that states the expiration date of the egg. I have only see the print in pink. Are these print safe for consumption, for example, if I boil an egg ...
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Tips for colouring vanilla ice cream

Using an ice cream machine, I want to make vanilla ice cream, but include some blue and red swirls in the finished product. I considered dropping in some food coloring, but don't want to end up with a ...
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Is synthetic astaxanthin (salmon "dye") safe?

TL;DR Is synthetic astaxanthin safe for humans to consume? Background Synthetic astaxanthin is available as a supplement, and is also commonly consumed by humans in the form of farmed salmon. Wild ...
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Is the yellow skin of a raw chicken indicating that it has been dyed?

Yellow skin in raw chicken is seen is some parts of Mexico and I was wondering if that color is obtained using dyes. I've done lots of research both online and asking people who have knowledge about ...
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Are carrots dyed orange?

I was in the supermarket and I noticed that one brand of "organic" carrots was a very pale orange, but another brand of carrots was bright orange. Is this color difference because the carrots are ...
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How can you dye your frosting? [duplicate]

It may be closed for a lack of focus, but I'll give it a try. What are some pastry-friendly easy-to-obtain natural food dyes that you could use, for example, to give color to your frosting/icing (I ...
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When should food colouring be added to part of a batch of bread dough?

I recently made coloured swirled bread, in which different colours of dough (in my case a coloured and an uncoloured piece) were rolled together and baked in the same loaf to give an interesting ...
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Why did my colored doughnut change colors?

Some time ago, I made a doughnut recipe, I only made yeast doughnut once a few years ago, I don't have experience with yeasted bakery products. I baked the doughnuts instead of frying. I also added ...
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Flatbread dough turned red

Today I made some flatbread and while cooking them I noticed a reddish coloring of the dough. I didn't add anything red in particular, so I am very surprised they turned out this way. Why did that ...
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How to make vivid color candy with a small quantity of natural food coloring?

I use some natural food coloring for candies. The problem is that they are not very intense and that not many vivid natural food colors are available in the market. I tried powder, liquid and gel ...
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Pink curing salt turned yellow - safe to use?

I have a bag of pink curing salt (Prague powder / instacure) #1 that has been in a cupboard since November 2019. It has been stored in its original packaging: a zip-lock style bag, which I have opened ...
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Color bleeding when piping

I'm trying to mix color in whipped cream for decorations, but it always bleeds the color down to my white cake coat foundation. Can somebody help?
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Medium-rare sous vide steak - achieving coloring without slicing?

I have a nice piece of prime beef (for the sake of example, let's say NY strip or filet; I observe this with both cuts). I cook it sous vide at 130 degrees for 45 minutes. I immediately pat it dry and ...
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Halloween Special: Glow in the dark food

Halloween is just around the corner! Prepare to panic bake as many spooky sweets and tricky treats as you possibly can over the weekend! I'm planning to bake a lemon tart, mainly because the filling ...
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How can I color pasta during cooking or afterwards, preferably using natural coloring?

My daughter asked me if I could make her red bowtie pasta in honor of Matt Smith as Dr. Who. I'd rather not use an artificial dye. Either way, how would I go about coloring the pasta itself? ...
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How to tint powdered sugar (icing sugar)?

I'm looking for a way to tint powdered sugar without wetting it. I know that there are powdered food colors but I think that part of what activates the color is the fact that they get wet when you ...
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How to make striking glaze drizzle?

In this video the chefs drizzle two colours across their cakes: https://youtu.be/EJsUDT9Z_Io?t=11m42s In the comments the presenting chef explains that she doesn't know what that drizzle is but that ...
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How to avoid using artificial food coloring in cookie and cake decorating

It's been a week since I started some cake and cookie decorating, and normally one needs many colors to come up with a lovely colorful final result whether it is Butter cream, royal icing or fondant. ...
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Broad bean water went brown overnight

We had broad beans last night (in a risotto - yum!) I emptied the beans from their pod, blanched them, then removed the skins from the individual beans before putting them into the risotto. I never ...
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Colouring oil - chocolate look alike

Does anyone have experience with colouring vegetable/olive oil? My goal is to end up with a brown-chocolate colour so that the result would be a chocolate look-alike.
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No brown coloring: how to make macaron brown with only red and green coloring powders

My local store only has red, green, yellow, blue coloring powders. No brown or anything that looks like chocolate. How to make chocolate-brown from these basic colors? I tried cocoa powder, but that ...
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Why is my green tea brown?

As Crystal Gale once wrote, "You're gonna make my green tea, brown." Or something like that. When I typically order (the free or close-to-free) green tea at Japanese restaurants, it's usually ...
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Will colored shredded coconut show up in brownies?

My coworkers would like me to make faux "special" brownies. The requirements are that the brownies look the part and still taste good but don't have any actual "herbs" in them. My first thought was ...
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Why are drippings from restaraunt ground beef colored orange?

I've noticed over the years that whenever I cook ground beef from the grocery store, the drippings in the beef are typically clear in color. When eating out, if I order a particularly greasy ground ...
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choosing a red food color for red velvet cake

Are there any tell tell signs to choosing a red food colouring for red velvet cakes. Having just whipped one up, mine is sadly brown despite a bottle and half (45ml) of red food colouring. Also can ...
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How do I colour ready-to-roll icing

I'm making a cake for my daughter's birthday. I'm a bit rubbish with icing and decorating, so I plan to buy some ready-to-roll icing to cover the cake. The problem is that the cake is shaped liked a ...
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How to color Jiaozi (chinese dumplings)?

I am planning to make Jiaozi (Chinese dumplings) for a friend's party. Because she is vegatarian I'd like to make one set of vegetable dumplings and one set of conventional dumplings. To make it easy ...
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Coloring colored ice-cream

I would like to buy strawberry ice-cream for my friend, and most of the strawberry-flavored ice-cream is pink in color. However, I am thinking of serving the ice-cream green color instead. Is there ...
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How to prevent food colouring changing the taste of food?

I am a keen baker with a big sweet tooth. I often use coloured icing and sponge when I bake, but often the colouring I use changes the taste of the icing/sponge. Does anyone know how to prevent the ...
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Where is a good place to buy food coloring in bulk?

We use a lot of food coloring, not so much for cooking but for activities with my little one. Do you know of a good place to buy food coloring in bulk (either in store or online)? It can be quite ...
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How do I color an egg black? [closed]

My friend and I are trying to make 'ninja black eggs' which are essentially hollowed eggs filled with powdered material. We have two questions: Is there a way to thicken the egg shell? My ...
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Are American food colourings weaker than in other countries?

I was looking at baking a yet-to-be-determined-colour velvet cake, and happened upon a recipe for blue velvet cake: http://bakebakebake.livejournal.com/3342197.html This calls for two tablespoons of ...
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How can you make gray or black butter?

Soon, I'll be serving garlic bread, but I would like to add something to the garlic-butter, to make it darker (gray or black). It should look like lead. So far, I've found two ideas: - add dark ...
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How to make saffron really color my risotto?

So I've recently bought some saffron (stems, not ground), then tried to make some Risotto with it. I got my water boiling and added about 5 stems to it. I didn't really measure the water because I can ...
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What effects will xylitol have as a sugar substitute?

What effects does xylitol have when used in place of sugar? Will replacing sugar with xylitol lower the calories in my candy? Does it have a laxative effect if eaten in quantity? Will my fruit gems ...
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What is the best way to make purple butter icing?

Will mixing red and blue food couloring work or is there a better method?
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How can I fix an unpleasant color in a dish?

Last night, I made a Peperonato pasta sauce. It was delicious, but when I added the balsamic vinegar at the end of the dish and then cooked it off (leaving a sweet reduction) it left the whole sauce a ...
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Would the same mixing principles that apply to paint work for Food Coloring variations?

If I wanted to create different shades using Food Coloring, is there a different method of mixing them or would the same principles apply as with paint. Is there a standard mixing chart that details ...
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I would like to make my own food coloring with natural vegetables, what is the technique?

I read that you can use Beets to make a natural Red food coloring, how would I go about doing this?