Beets for Food Coloring

I’m not a fan of using food coloring.  I really don’t like all the artificial dyes, so I’ve started trying to find natural dyes.  A great dye for red is beets.

First you will need some fresh beets.  Cut off the tops(you can use those for other things) and the tails; then peel the beets.

Place the beets in a baking dish lined with aluminum foil. 

Cover the beets with the aluminum foil so that it is all sealed.

Bake for 60 minutes and uncover to see the lovely cooked beets.

Let cool, then puree.  You can use a food processor if you have one or a blender.  You can  even use a potato masher!

And voila you have instand food coloring.  I have used it in some Valentine’s treats.
Valentine Sugar Cookies
Red Velvet Cupcakes


  1. LaVonne @ Long Wait says:

    I recently purchased this natural drink mix that you add to water bottles. It is made with Stevia and the coloring is beets! :) Thanks for this tip. I love it. I pinned it to my DIY Pinterest board!

  2. Erica Barnes says:

    This is a great idea since I am allergic to artificial food dyes. I’m going to try and make those Red Velvet cupcakes.

  3. NenaS says:

    It’s funny, I was cooking beets last week and wondering if you could use them in place of store-bought food coloring. Now I know! Thanks for the info!!

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