Whenever St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, our little family has a green feast. The food may or may not be authentically Irish, but at least you can always count on it being green!
In the past I’ve just used regular old food coloring when dying everything green, but this year I decided I wanted to try coloring everything with homemade, natural food color. As a mom, the more natural the food I feed my kids, the better I feel. After all, those artificial food colorings are a little suspect, so why risk it?
In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day next week, I whipped together some green food color made from spinach. It was really easy to throw together and it’s waiting patiently in the fridge to make our food festive next week! I’m planning to use it in mashed potatoes, oatmeal and even dessert, among other things. I’m going to go green crazy!
A few things to keep in mind for when you use the food coloring:
- Your food will not taste like spinach. Promise.
- You need to use more of the natural food coloring to get the same color punch that you would normally get with a few drops of artificial food coloring. Adjust your recipes accordingly, taking into account the added moisture.
- The resulting color will be more natural, less vibrant, but still pretty.
Homemade Natural Green Food Coloring
2 handfuls spinach leaves
1. Place spinach into a small saucepan. Add water so that the level of the water comes almost to the height of the spinach.
2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes, until water has reduced to about half.
3. Carefully pour spinach and water into a blender and blend until completely smooth. Make sure your blender has a small hole to allow for the steam to escape if your blender does not have this, let spinach and water cool before blending.
4. Store in refrigerator.