Why is homemade meringue not white?

(6 Posts)
trufflesnout Sun 27-Jul-14 19:34:41

So shop bought meringues are usually starch white, but I'm not surprised homemade ones aren't since they are, well, homemade. But why do they sometimes come out a sort of horrible pinky-beige instead of a pretty off-white? Am I missing something? White vinegar?

trufflesnout Sun 27-Jul-14 19:35:31

*Is this what the white vinegar in some recipes is for? I always assumed it was in there for shine...

BikeRunSki Sun 27-Jul-14 19:38:27

You've cooked them a bit too hot.
Shop ones are usually "cooked" by dehydration.

The oven is too hot.

Purplerunner Sun 27-Jul-14 19:43:31

Mine do turn out white, but my mum's have a yellow tinge. We use the same recipe (no vinegar, just egg whites and sugar) but she has a gas cooker which is a bit fiercer I think than my fan oven. Plus make sure you are using white caster sugar rather than golden caster sugar.

trufflesnout Mon 28-Jul-14 01:04:07

Ta v much!

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