How to dye rice with food coloring

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Rice dyed with food colouring is a safe and nontoxic alternative to coloured sand and glitter. It can be used similarly in craft projects, and easily adheres with all-purpose glue or paste. This recipe yields approximately 113gr, or 1/2 cup, of dyed rice.

However, it can be repeated as many times as necessary to make as many different colours as you desire.

Pour 1/4 cup of undiluted white vinegar into a clean, empty wide-mouth jar. Add three or four drops of the food colouring of your choice, and stir to combine.

Pour 1/2 cup of uncooked white rice into the jar containing the coloured vinegar. Seal the lid as tightly as possible.

  • Rice dyed with food colouring is a safe and nontoxic alternative to coloured sand and glitter.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of uncooked white rice into the jar containing the coloured vinegar.

Shake the jar vigorously until all of the rice appears to be dyed evenly. Place the jar on a flat surface, and allow it to sit undisturbed for about five minutes.

Pour the contents of the jar through a fine sieve over the sink to drain out the coloured water. Spread the rice in a single layer on large sheets of old newspaper. Place it in a sunny location to dry for at least 30 minutes, or until no more moisture remains.

Store the dry dyed rice in a zipper lock sandwich bag or an airtight plastic container. Repeat the process to make additional colours. Use the dyed rice in craft projects.

  • Shake the jar vigorously until all of the rice appears to be dyed evenly.
  • Spread the rice in a single layer on large sheets of old newspaper.
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