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The addition of colourants to foods is thought to have occurred in Egyptian cities as early as 1500 BC, when candy makers added natural extracts and wine to improve the products’ appearance. During the Middle Ages, the economy in the European countries was based on agriculture, and the peasants were accustomed to producing their own food locally or trading within the village communities. Under feudalism, aesthetic aspects were not considered, at least not by the vast majority of the generally very poor population. This situation changed with urbanization at the beginning of the Modern Age, when trade emergedβ€”especially the import of precious spices and colours.
With the onset of the industrial revolution, people became dependent on foods produced by others. These new urban dwellers demanded food at low cost. Analytical chemistry was still primitive and regulations few. The adulteration of foods flourished. Heavy metal and other inorganic element-containing compounds turned out to be cheap and suitable to “restore” the colour of watered-down milk and other foodstuffs, some more lurid examples being: Red lead and vermillion were routinely used to colour cheese and confectionery.
Copper arsenite was used to recolour used tea leaves for resale. It also caused two deaths when used to colour a dessert in 1860.
Many colour additives had never been tested for toxicity or other adverse effects. Historical records show that injuries, even deaths, resulted from tainted colorants. In 1851, about 200 people were poisoned in England, 17 of them fatally, directly as a result of eating adulterated lozenges.In 1856, mauveine, the first synthetic colour, was developed by Sir William Henry Perkin and by the turn of the century, unmonitored color additives had spread through Europe and the United States in all sorts of popular foods, including ketchup, mustard, jellies, and wine.

Luckily, today both chemical and natural colourants are tested for safety. European Union (EU) legislation requires most additives used in foods to be labelled clearly in the list of ingredients, with their function, followed by either their name or E number. An E number means that it has passed safety tests and has been approved for use here and in the rest of the EU.

Of course that won’t apply now so we can all be poisoned πŸ™‚


Today I decided to play with the food colours I got,instead of doing research and stuff, it wasn’t as easy! I had a glass tank of water, an eye dropper, and my camera set on the burst mode, but getting the focus, exposure and aperture right was a right clart on, and I didn’t quite make it, but these are the best of a bad bunch. Also different colours have different viscosities and densities, the blue was hopeless, just splatted into a fuzzy cloud, whereas the green was just blobs on a string. The 2 top left were supposed to be red but look orange, but I think they were the best ones, anyway, it was fun to do.


and this is how it was done



20 comments on “Day 243 & 244

  1. beetleypete says:

    Great idea, FR, and it worked so well!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. ah, there it is, πŸ™‚


  2. These are gorgeous!…love them…we have red lemonade here, you don’t get it anywhere else and its widely believed that’s because it’s poisonous…but apparently that’s an urban myth…

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    1. don’t drink any, just in case πŸ˜‰ cheers Clare

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      1. Ah the children of Ireland are made of stern stuff.. πŸ˜€

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  3. beetleypete says:

    Trying again, as my comment disappeared.
    Great idea, FR, and it worked so well too!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Pete, glad you didn’t disappear, the Internet has its moments doesn’t it! 😊


  4. -N- says:

    Sometimes you amaze me with your creativity! Fun!

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    1. Thanks Naomi hoping this month goes so well. πŸ™‚


    2. Cheers Naomi, fingers xt this month goes so well. πŸ™‚


  5. Those pictures are so, so cool!


  6. Jay says:

    Oh that’s a very cool effect. You must have changed the water a whole bunch! As usual, I like the “making of” shot as well.

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    1. Yes lots of running back and forth to the kitchen, cheers Jay πŸ™‚


  7. kmSalvatore says:

    Fantastic info Fraggy

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    1. Glad you enjoyed 😊

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  8. Fritz says:

    Great image and post. I cannot help but see those little bottles as human somehow – they look like “the usual suspects” in a police line-up. What could they have done wrong in the kitchen? πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha they made a big mess!

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  9. Pam Huggins says:

    Blow up those bottles onto a large narrow rectangular canvas via a print shop, then promptly sale multitudes of them to restaurants here in the States. Gorgeous!


    1. Pam Huggins says:

      And kitty is too cute!

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      1. 😊 cheers Pamo xx


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