Oops- red food dye

1 Jun

Really disappointed tonight.  Last Sunday I did my weekly menu for this week and was excited to come across a recipe for butter chicken using tandoori paste (my kids love the Pataks jars of butter chicken sauce but I’m not a fan and it’s expensive to buy these all the time).  Anyway, I made up my shopping list and was pretty happy to find we already had tandoori paste in the fridge thanks to one of my husband’s previous shopping trips.  But, as I’m ready to put it in the pan tonight I read the ingredients to find that it contains Red 40 color.  Given that we try to avoid all artificial colors I was really disappointed but too far into the meal to change now.

I did a google search for tandoori paste without red food coloring in but couldn’t find anything.  I did find a blogger who was also annoyed to find artificial color in tandoori paste and set about to make her own (I’ll reblog this).  I don’t mind making my own but I’ll be crossing this version of butter chicken off my list as a quick family meal.

Note:  Patak’s butter chicken simmer sauce is free from artificial colors, preservatives and flavors so a much better option.

4 Responses to “Oops- red food dye”

  1. cityhippyfarmgirl June 2, 2013 at 3:06 am #

    It’s incredibly frustrating isn’t it. Why they feel the need to put the colour in I have no idea.
    (Thanks for the reblog 🙂

  2. glyn50 August 3, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    I know how you feel. Forty years ago my son’s pediatrician told me that he thought he could empty all the mental hospitals in the country if he could get red food dye out of the food chain. Don’t lose heart, you can beat this! There are an awful lot of us out there who are striving for the same result. Thanks, Glyn

    • lifeisanadventure August 3, 2013 at 12:58 am #

      Wow, 40 years and here we still are. The amount of unnecessary ingredients on the supermarket shelves is scary but if we can educate ourselves and share what we learn hopefully things will change. Thank you!

      • glyn50 August 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

        Thanks to you for your postings, and all the best, Glyn.

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