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Old 10-01-2018, 01:56 PM   #1
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Tapioca pudding - help please

I made tapioca pudding from the box, following the directions but used almond milk instead of dairy milk.

I've made this a few times with the same disappointing results: the pudding just doesn't set up nicely. The tapioca pearls stay small, even if I soak them longer. I tried boiling a few minutes longer this time, which helped a little.

Is it the almond milk or is it me?

Is this yet another chemistry thing I don't understand?

My allergies prefer me to avoid dairy so I'd like to solve this problem.

Many thanks for your help!

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Old 10-01-2018, 02:36 PM   #2
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I have 30 years of experience failing to make good large pearl tapioca in milk. Gramma could do it and I cannot.
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:00 PM   #3
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Interesting.. I grew up eating tapioca pudding but, haven't had it for many years.. I have to try some again..


I've never made it myself so, that might be interesting..


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Old 10-01-2018, 04:37 PM   #4
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I use Reese large pearl tapioca and follow the recipe on the packet.

I usually fold in some fresh whipped cream to lighten it up.

It might be chemistry, this vegan recipe uses almond milk and calls for the addition of cornstarch as a thickener in place of the eggs.

https://www.thespruceeats.com/vegan-...udding-1000927
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:00 PM   #5
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I haven't had tapioca pudding since I was in primary school but the very thought of it still gives me a bad attack of the shudders. We used to call it frogspawn - all slimey and yuk.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:03 PM   #6
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I made tapioca pudding from the box, following the directions but used almond milk instead of dairy milk.

I've made this a few times with the same disappointing results: the pudding just doesn't set up nicely. The tapioca pearls stay small, even if I soak them longer. I tried boiling a few minutes longer this time, which helped a little.

Is it the almond milk or is it me?

Is this yet another chemistry thing I don't understand?

My allergies prefer me to avoid dairy so I'd like to solve this problem.

Many thanks for your help!
If I remember correctly from my last student vac when I worked as a cook in an old people's home - tapioca comes in different sized pearls. Perhaps you had a small version?
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:13 PM   #7
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One day my boss had a bunch of root canals and dental work. He came to work looking like someone took a jack hammer to his mouth. He was almost crying. It was lunch time and I asked him if he ate anything today, he said no. I took pity on him and went out and found him some motherly love, it was tapioca in a little yogurt like container, and I told him 'eat', 'you need some nourishment'. He ate it, he still looked like hell when he left work.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:25 PM   #8
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My sisters convinced me that tapioca pudding was made from snots when we were kids.

I still can't eat it today.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:37 PM   #9
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I learned to make tapioca pudding as a teenager, and it was good! Today, I have no idea how I made it -- I drank like a judge back in those days.

Glad to be of no help!

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Old 10-02-2018, 01:25 AM   #10
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I made tapioca pudding with coconut milk, it has worked fairly well.
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