food dye

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I got excited about my success in dyeing yarn with food dyes in the microwave (you can read about my previous experiment in detail here), and so I wanted to do it again, this time with more colors. Time time around, I was more careful with the amount of dye I used, and as a result, these skeins were super easy to rinse.

The yarn is an unlabeled wool/polyamide blend, about sport weight, and it comes in 100-gram skeins. I dyed it with Wilton’s icing paste in several colors. I think I got a bit carried away with the colors, and the yarns look a bit loud, but I’m thinking of combining them with a yarn in a neutral color (maybe striped socks?). I have a lot to learn about combining colors, but I don’t mind. Learning about this is so much fun.

I also figured out a good way to cover the table while I dye. I had an old oilcloth tablecloth that I cut up into suitably sized pieces and covered the table. It’s easy to set up and clean up, and it’s a more environment-friendly alternative to plastic bags.

Crystallized tartrazine

Also known as FD&C Yellow 5 or E102, tartrazine is a yellow dye commonly used in processed goods like ice cream, soft drinks, moisturizers, pet foods, and crayons. Of all azo dyes, tartrazine frequently causes allergic and intolerant reactions, though the mechanism of sensitivity is not clear. While conflicting studies have been published regarding its role in promoting hyperactive behaviors in children, tartrazine is being voluntarily phased out in many countries in Europe. In the United States, foods or drugs containing tartrazine must declare the chemical on their ingredients list; the Food and Drug Administration frequently seizes imported products containing undeclared tartrazine.

Image by Frederic Labaune.

FANCY MOTHERFUCKERS WANT SOME FUCKING COLORFUL FOOD?

WHAT THE FUCK, YOU DON’T HAVE ANY CHEMICAL DYES LAYING AROUND?

WELL FUCK OFF MATE, BECAUSE IF YOU EVER DREAMED OF HAVING PASTA THAT IS A SHADE OF NEON THAT WOULD MAKE EVEN MAGNETO WEEP, OR BREAD THAT IS BLACKER THAN SNAPE’S ROBES, YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

GRANTED, THESE THINGS ADD A TINY BIT OF FLAVOR TO YOUR FOOD, ESPECIALLY THE FRUIT VERSIONS. 

WARNING! NATURAL DYES TEND TO BE A BIT LESS INTENSE (SAD, I KNOW) THAN THEIR CHEMICALLY ENHANCED COUNTERPARTS. PASTELS ARE COMMON, BUT WITH EXPERIMENTATION, YOU CAN GET SOME BRIGHT MOTHERFUCKERS. 

FUCKING PINK - BEETS. BEET JUICE. ADD AS MANY TEASPOONS AS YOU NEED, AT ANY POINT IN THE BAKING PROCESS, AND THAT SHIT WILL TURN OUT LOOKING LIKE BARBIE’S ASS. 

RED OR SOME SHIT - RASPBERRY JUICE STAINS LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER, AND MASHING SOME OF THESE BERRIES, STRAINING OUT THE SEEDS AND SHOVING THAT SHIT INTO YOUR FOOD WILL MAKE IT A TAD BIT FRUITY, BUT ALSO GODDAMN BEAUTIFUL. 

YELLOW LIKE THE FALSE GODS - OPEN UP THE SPICE RACK, MY MAGNIFICENT PARTY PEOPLE! TUMERIC POWDER AND SAFFRON FLOWERS HAVE AN EYEBALL-KICKING COLOR. THESE SPICES ARE FLAVORFUL AS SHIT, SO YOUR BEST BET WOULD BE TO MIX THE POWDER WITH ONE OF THE LIQUIDS BEING ADDED TO THE RECIPE, AND REPLACE SOME OF YOUR NORMAL LIQUID WITH THE YELLOW-AS-FUCK LIQUID.

HOBBES ORANGE - CARROT JUICE. YOU MAY BE THINKING ‘WELL I COULD JUST USE ORANGE ZEST, IT’S NAMED AFTER A COLOR FOR A REASON RIGHT?’ BACK THE FUCK UP, ASSHOLE, THE FORCE AIN’T STRONG WITH THIS IDEA. ORANGES HAVE GREAT FLAVOR, BUT REALLY DON’T CARRY COLOR WELL.

FANFICTION GREEN - SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT HATING VEGGIES, BECAUSE THIS BULLSHIT DOESN’T TRANSFER THE TASTE, JUST GLORIOUS GREEN COLOR. SPINACH JUICE, ASSHOLES. 

HAWKEYE PURPLE -  THERE ARE TWO METHODS FOR THIS SHIT - YOU CAN EITHER REPEAT THE JUICE-STRAINING TECHNIQUE ON SOME MULBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES OR BLACKBERRIES FOR YOUR PREFERENCE OF FANCY-ASS ROYAL PURPLE. OR, YOU CAN GRAB SOME HANDY-DANDY RED CABBAGE.  

THATS RIGHT ASSHATS, I SAID CABBAGE. CUT THAT SHIT UP AND BOIL IT IN WATER UNTIL THE WATER IS DARK AND CONCENTRATED.  PURPLE AS FUCK!

THE BLUEST BLUE TO EVER BLUE - MAKING A PORTRAIT OF YOUR FAVORITE ANGEL REQUIRES SOME INTENSE DYE, AND I HAVE JUST THE SHIT. TAKE THAT CABBAGE - YES, A RED CABBAGE, AND BOIL IT LIKE YOU DID WITH THE PURPLE. THIS TIME, AFTER YOU’VE GOTTEN THE LOVELY PURPLE, SLOWLY STIR IN BAKING SODA. 

SLOWLY ADD IT! LIKE, A PINCH AT A TIME, AND STIR AT LEAST TEN TIMES, AND EYEBALL THE COLOR BEFORE ADDING MORE. LIKE EXPERIMENTING IN POTIONS CLASS, YOU DON’T WANT ANY EXPLOSIONS WHILE YOU’RE DOING SCIENCE!

TALLY MARK BLACK - SQUID INK! MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND IN THIS LINK, ALONG WITH A LOVELY PASTA RECIPE. HEADS UP! SQUID INK MAKES THINGS PRETTY DAMN SALTY, AND A BIT FISHY. BUT! IT’S RIDICULOUSLY BADASS, AND TASTES GREAT WHEN ADDED TO SOURDOUGH BREAD. 

Some of America’s most popular chocolate bars — including the Baby Ruth and the Butterfinger — are about to get an ingredient makeover.

Nestle USA announced it is removing artificial flavors and colorings from all of its chocolate candy products by the end of 2015.

Know that orange-like hue that colors the crunchy center of the bar? Currently, that color is made by combining synthetic dye Red 40 with Yellow 5. Soon, however, these dyes will be replaced with the natural coloring annatto.

Chocolate Makeover: Nestle Dumps Artificial Colorings

Photo Credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Vegan Candy List

It’s almost Halloween, so here’s a list of vegan candies, yay!

Airheads taffy

Atkinson’s peanut butter bars

Allison’s Gourmet

Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks

Blow Pops

Bottlecaps

Biona Organic Tutti Frutti Wine Gums

Brach’s Hi-C Fruit Slices

Brach’s Hi-C Orange Slices

Brach’s Star Brites

Brach’s Root Beer Barrels

Big League Chew

Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy

Charms lollipops

Chick-o-Sticks 

Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar


Chocolove Cherries and Almonds Dark Chocolate Bar


Chocolove Crystallized Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar


Chocolove Orange Peel Dark Chocolate Bar


Chocolove Raspberry Dark Chocolate bar


Cracker Jack

Chew-ets Peanut Chews

Cry Babies

Dem Bones

Dots 

Dum-Dums 

Fireballs (The candy, but the drink is too! ;) )

Fun Dip

Goldbergs Peanut Chews

Gob Stoppers

Ginger People Ginger Chews

Hot Tamales 

Hubba Bubba bubblegum

Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)

Jujubees

Jujyfruits

Lemonheads

Lance Peanut Bar

Laffy Taffy

Mambas

Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses) 

Mike and Ike

Pixy Stix

Pez

Panda Soft Licorice (This stuff is amazing!)

Ring Pop lollipops

Runts

Smarties (U.S. Brand)

Skittles

Sour Patch Kids

Super Bubble 

Sweedish Fish 

Sweet Tarts

Tropical Source 

Twizzlers

Vegansweets Marshmallows 

Wonka’s Bottlecaps

Zotz

Things to avoid

Many red candies contain carmine, made from insects.  Carmine is also called cochineal, crimson lake, natural red #4. (Red #2 and red #40 are vegan!)

Most gummy bears and gummy worms contain gelatin, so just be sure they’re gelatin-free before you put it in your pie-hole.

Same for candy corn, like the gummies, they usually have gelatin in them.

Junior mints.

Most marshmallows, so maybe you should say no to rice krispies that were crafted by omnivores.

Nerds. Don’t eat those scrawny kids, they’ll be your boss someday! (But really, the candy isn’t vegan)

Jello. There are plenty of vegan gelatin substitutes out there. You can make a delightful, healthy jelloish kind of thing with chia seeds.

Altoids, gelatin again.

Frosted pop tarts :’{

Starbursts.  GODDAMN IT GELATIN

The links:

http://wellvegan.com/uncategorized/it-aint-healthy-but-its-vegan-vegan-friendly-halloween-candy

http://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/which-candies-are-vegan/

http://www.petakids.com/food/vegan-candy-dandy/

http://www.peta.org/living/food/25-vegan-halloween-candies/

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=995&catId=2

http://m.livescience.com/36292-red-food-dye-bugs-cochineal-carmine.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/28/halloween-candy-animal-products_n_1033477.html#slide=start