If you are looking at these amazing projects on Pinterest, make sure you practice in advance.
While preparing for upcoming summer events and parties, I turned to Pinterest for some unique ideas. While some of the projects come out rather nice, there are others that fall a bit short of the bar.
This particular project dealt with spaghetti. While the idea indicated Rainbow spaghetti, I wanted to change the colors to match our patriotic holiday of the 4th of July. I used the following short recipe using blue and red dye.
1 lb of spaghetti
Blue food coloring
Red food coloring
Using 3 different pots, separate the spaghetti into three separate bunches. Set spaghetti aside.
Fill each pot as you normally would when making spaghetti, set on burners to boil
Using the red and blue die, use one pot and drop 10 drops of food coloring to the pot of water. Repeat using blue in next pot.
The third pot will be plain spaghetti with no added coloring
Once boiling, use a spoon to check the color in the red and blue – If it is not a deep color, add more of the specific color and put more coloring until the liquid darkens
In each pot of boiling water, add a third of the pound of spaghetti and cook for 9 – 11 minutes.
Once paste is desired tenderness in each pot, drain and set aside until all pots are complete.
Once all pasta is drained and complete, select a patter- do you want one bowl with all colors mixed or a platter where the colors are separated?
Enjoy, your project is done.
In my particular instance, I had to use the whole bottle of each color to get a dark water to boil the pasta in. When the spaghetti was complete, the colors were not the colors selected.
The blue came out a grayish blue and the red came out as more of a deep pink. I had initially used the pattern idea as I wanted to set a festive table with appealing food items. The colors just didn’t blend while sitting side by side.
I took the other approach and mixed all the pasta into a large bowl and thoroughly mixed the colors. For my project, the mixed pasta still did not meet color expectations. However, if you are entertaining children and that is your plan, it would certainly make dinner time fun for them.
I am glad that I have taken the time to try my ideas out well before the planned event. If I had not done so, my party could have been less than desirable.