Dried Beet Powder

Dried Beet Powder

Dried Beet Powder

Chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston uses beet powder, made from pulverized dried beets, to give his char siu chicken a distinctive pinkish hue that typically comes from chemically produced red food dye. Similarly, the ingredient can color everything from pickling liquid and aïoli to baked goods and frosting. "It adds an inherent sweetness," says Shepherd, "but it's not a strong flavor."Matt Taylor-Gross

Chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston uses beet powder, made from pulverized dried beets, to give his char siu chicken a distinctive pinkish hue that typically comes from chemically produced red food dye. Similarly, the ingredient can color everything from pickling liquid and aïoli to baked goods and frosting. "It adds an inherent sweetness," says Shepherd, "but it's not a strong flavor."