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Agar Agar

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Custards topped with gelatin
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Definition:

Agar Agar is a vegetarian gelatin substitute produced from a variety of seaweed vegetation. It is sold in health food stores in both flake and powder varieties, and can be used in a variety of dairy-free and vegan recipes as a stabilizing and thickening agent for custards,puddings, sauces and even vegetarian marshmallows.

To use agar flakes in recipes, traditional instructions call for 1 T. of agar flakes to every cup of water or juice, but these measurements may vary from recipe to recipe. Like animal-based gelatin, the agar is dissolved in the liquid in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, brought to a boil and then simmered until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes. It is then chilled in the refrigerator until set and typically enjoyed cold.

Try some of these Dairy-Free Recipes that use Agar Flakes:

Vegan Chocolate Pots de Crème
Pronunciation: AH - gahr
Also Known As: Agar, Agar Agar, Agar Flakes, Agar Gelatin, Agar Powder
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