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."

DIY Beet Powder
For naturally dyeing savory dishes or sweet colorful frosting, nothing beats homemade beet powder.
Yield: makes 2 tablespoons
Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. beets, peeled and sliced paper-thin

Instructions

  1. Spread beets on a Silpat-lined baking sheet and bake at 200° for 2 hours. Alternatively, use a dehydrator set to 150° for 3 hours. Place dried beet slices in a food processor and purée until finely ground.