I have read about dying pasta with liquid food coloring. I have powdered for baking, would I be able to use it to dye pasta noodles just the same?!

The method I have seen, you take already cooked pasta and place it in a plastic bag with some water and a few drops of food coloring. Would I be able to achieve the same thing using powdered food coloring?

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Nancy November 1, 2021
Various cooked and drained vegetables are use for dying (not flavoring) homemade pasta...beets, spinach, etc.
Powdered turmeric is also used.
This makes me wonder if dry food coloring could be worked into the the pasta dough before rolling and cutting.
Maybe try a small sample next time you make pasta.
 
702551 October 31, 2021
It can't hurt trying.

For sure you should dilute the powdered dye with a little water first before tossing it in the ziplock bag. If you sprinkle the powdered dye directly into the bag, there's a very high chance it will distribute very unevenly.

I would expect some of the dye to stain other ingredients that the dyed pasta is combined with afterward since it's a superficial application.

In the same way if you dyed boiled white-fleshed potatoes with turmeric and then made a salad with those potatoes, everything will end up being tinged yellow.

It's really a poor man's version of doing it the correct way: incorporating the color when the pasta dough is being made (green: spinach; black: squid ink; orange: tomato; pink: red beet).

Anyhow best of luck.
 
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