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 Post subject: agar powder verses guar gum
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:28 pm 
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Can anyone tell me if guar gum is a suitable substitute for agar powder. And is it vegan. It says it is from a seed but there arent any references to this thickener in any vegan books I have.


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 Post subject: Re: agar powder verses guar gum
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:05 pm 
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guar gum is vegan, but it's not a substitute for agar powder. guar gum will thicken, but it won't gel the way agar does. there usually isn't any good sub for agar powder, unfortunately, but if you need help with a certain recipe, let us know!

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 Post subject: Re: agar powder verses guar gum
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:50 pm 
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No, guar gum isn't the same, won't substitute.. Agar is a seaweed extract that is closer to gelatin (but has different temperature-related behavior and properties). But if you're looking for a use for guar gum, try adding half a teaspoon or more to homemade ice cream to keep ice crystals from forming as much..


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