Brown Coloring

Preparation info
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Appears in
Hows and Whys of French Cooking

By Alma Lach

Published 1974

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Brown coloring for sauces cannot be bought at the supermarket. It is available to cooks in restaurants, and should be made available to homemakers. Until it is, here is how to make it at home.


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons


Boil sugar and water until sugar caramelizes and turns a very dark, burnt brown (sugar loses its sweetness when it is burnt). Add boiling water, oil, and red coloring. Stir, cool, and then bottle to have ready for use. It will keep indefinitely. It is not necessary to refrigerate. (I pour this coloring into a small plastic bottle with a nozzle. It is easy to add coloring to sauces from a squeez