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Old 12-01-2014, 09:06 PM   #1
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Xanthan Gum as a thickening agent

Has anyone had experience using xanthan gum as a thickener for soups and gravies? Supposedly a little goes a long way, but I really have no idea how to use it.

Also, I'm wondering if it has a taste of any kind.

I just ordered some, and it should arrive later in the week. I suppose I can do some experimenting, but I'm hoping maybe someone on DC has used it and could give me some pointers.

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Old 12-01-2014, 10:05 PM   #2
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I am curious,as well.

But FYI you can buy it in the bulk area at whole foods ... so you can buy small testing amounts.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:11 PM   #3
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I use it all the time. It's not something I would use to thicken soup's or gravy for, It should be used sparingly, to thicken a thin sauce and give it a little "shine". I mostly use it the lightly thicken & shine my hot sauce, Only using a 1/2 or teaspoon at a time in a half gallon of sauce. Too many options are used to thicken soups & gravy. I would use a roux instead.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:24 PM   #4
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Thanks S&P. Unfortunately, flour and cornstarch are no longer an option for me, so that's why I am looking for other alternatives.

What about guar gum? Have you ever used that?
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Has anyone had any experience with this thickening agent?

The low carb thickener - Konjac flour

I still use a little cornstarch or Wondra flour to thicken soups and sauces. It contains about 7 grams of carbs per tablespoon and thickens a cup or so of liquid, a quarter cup of thin gravy has about 2 carbs.
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Just FYI: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supple...han%20gum.aspx
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That link went nowhere GG!
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Oops! Here: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supple...n+gum&source=1
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Thank you! After reading, I will not be using.
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Has anyone had any experience with this thickening agent?

The low carb thickener - Konjac flour
Konjac flour is the primary ingredient in the low carb Shirataki noodles I've been eating. And I've been considering ordering Glucomannan supplements, which are also made from konjac. Haven't tried it as a thickener, though.
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