So, as Easter comes close, & St Patrick’s day is just around the corner, our thoughts go to dying or coloring various things. Sometimes & more often, it’ll be the foods that we eat.
It doesn’t have to be limited to just a couple days, you an dye foods all year & for many events. A nice red for Valentine’s day, how about multi colored spaghetti for Christmas? Tye dye some rice for your hippie friends. The possibilities are endless, well kinda.
Some things are easier to dye or color, than others. I made a blue BBQ sauce for a company July fourth event once, took way too much blue dye, but it worked. Changing red to blue was quite the task, let me tell you! I probably should have colored the chicken, but I wanted to have non dyed options for people.
With this article on coloring, I also want to add one for Skittles (brand candy) Vodka. A recipe that I’ve had for at least a billion years. So, I tied it, into coloring spaghetti, so it can be compared. The candy coloring, does make the pasta sweet, so keep that in mind if you want to use that a source of coloring.
I’d go with something like cake batter, pancakes, waffles & so on. It lends itself to coloring sugar very well, as long as you don’t use too much & dissolve the sugar.
Food Coloring-NOT Skittles candy
Here is what you will need.
A container can be any kind, even a plastic sandwich bag
1-2 Tbsp of water Tap water is fine.
Food coloring Most packages have a quick color chart for “egg” dying on them.
Pasta. It can be spaghetti, orzo, linguine what ever you’d like. About 2 oz per color
Cook the pasta al dente’ (firm). A very easy way to get pasta al dente each time, is to:
Bring the water to hard or full rolling boil. Put the pasta in & stir. Bring water to boil. Turn it off, & put a lid on it. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Stir the pasta every once in awhile till the timer ends. Drain. Al Dente’. Works every time.
Back to coloring.
Drain & rinse the starch off the pasta. Get one contain for each color. Add 2 Tbsp & 15-20 drops of color. Now here’s the trick, the base is 20 drops, so if you’re making other colors, pay attention to the numbers. As an example 15b 5r is 15 drops of blue to 5 drops of red.
Stir the water & coloring. Now, in the picture for blue, I dripped the blue onto the pasta, to show what direct contact will look like (a very dark blue).
Now you know that you can dye your pasta (or other things), wit out the water. Also, to note, don’t use vinegar.
Stir your pasta in to coat, & let it stand for about 5 minutes. Stir it around a couple times to make sure it coats. The longer it stays, the darker it will get.
Rinse the pasta in warm water to remove the extra coloring. Use cold water (kind of like doing laundry), if you don’t want too much of it to come off.
That’s it! You now have brightly colored pasta. It doesn’t change the taste, it just colors it.
You can experiment with different colors, hues. Adding more water will lighten the color, as adding more color will make it darker. Have fun!