Quick Tip Tuesday -- Leftover Icing is the New Black

I think we've established that I don't like to throw icing away.  I can't help it. My grandma taught me to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. So with that perfectly sound advice running through my head, (and now yours) let me show you what I do with all the bits and pieces of leftover icing from my last cookie journey of discovery each time I start a new one.

If I have a lot of icing leftover, I merge it into a new color for my next set. But when I only have a little of each of them, I just toss them all in one bowl. Usually this bowl has a lid that is airtight. But it's not pretty. And I wanted to take a pretty picture.

Although, given that standard, there really isn't an explanation for this picture. It's kind of what you might call "disgusting" or "not for young and impressionable eyes or really for anyone who ever plans on seeing again." Basically, I just mixed all my random colors together and got this gem.

But that means I only have to add 3 or 4 drops of black food coloring to nearly a full cup of icing to get...

BLACK. Actual, really and truly, not kidding around black. Not gray. Not charcoal. I don't have to wait for the color to develop overnight. This IS night. Midnight even. And it's ready to go right now.


Another way to make black icing with less black food coloring.

Make sure your leftover icing doesn't clog up your icing tips with this quick tip.

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