It's Valentine's Day; break out the Red No. 40! Seriously, though, the day is accompanied by a slew of artificially-colored red and pink foods. But if you'd like to stay away from the fake stuff, here are a few alternatives to consider for your homemade Valentine's Day treats:1. Hibiscus flowers steeped in a bit of hot water until cooled
2. Boiled cranberries (as outlined at Stretcher.com)
3. Red beet juice
4. Red beet powder
5. Pomegranate juice
Some of these colorants will affect flavor more than others, but that might not be unwanted: imagine a hint of pomegranate in the icing on chocolate cupcakes! Do you have other tried and true methods of making your own red or pink food coloring? Please share in the comments!
Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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