Agar Powder From Barry Farm Foods
natural additive is prepared from several species of red algae.
It is a vegetable gelatin, one with high gelling properties, and
used by vegetarians because true gelatin is made from calf’s feet.
gelling ability is affected by high acidity.
More acidic foods like strawberries and citrus may require a
higher agar to liquid ratio. Some
foods will prevent gelling. Fresh kiwi is too acidic and pineapple,
fresh figs, paw paws, papaya, mango and peaches contain enzymes, which
break down the gelling ability of the agar.
Cooked fruit seems to lose this effect.
Chocolate and spinach also prohibit gelling.
basic Agar Gel recipe is 2 teaspoons of powder to 2 cups of liquid.
Soak the agar in the liquid for about 10-15 min.
Bring to boil and simmer stirring until the agar completely
dissolves (about 5 minutes).
you are unsure of the setting ability of the gel, you can test it by
placing a small amount of the cooked gel on a cold saucer. It should set within 20-30 seconds. If not add more agar and re-cook. If it is too firm, add more liquid and repeat cooking steps.
The beauty of agar is that it can be boiled and re-melted if
can also be used as a stabilizer, keeping whipped cream toppings firm
and preventing separation. Add
2 T confectioner sugar and 1 t agar powder to 1 cup of whipping cream
that is almost whipped. Finish
whipping until stiff peaks form.
Some other names assigned to Agar powder are: Japanese gelatin, Japanese isinglass, Chinese gelatin, vegetable gelatin, Chinese isinglass and Angel's hair. A member of a group of food additive products of gels, thickeners, emulsifiers and jellies. Agar is commonly available in flakes, powder and bars but the powder version is the only one we currently stock.
A substitute would be un-flavored gelatin but the gelatin is made from animal by-products and unacceptable for vegetarians.
WHIPPED CREAM RECIPE:
1 c whipping cream
Whip whipping cream until almost ready. Add confectioners sugar and agar agar. Continue whipping until stiff peaks form. This cream topping/filling will stay firm and not separate.
*These items are available at www.barryfarm.com