Xanthan Gum - Your natural thickening agent

Xanthan Gum is an effective thickening agent and stabilizer to prevent ingredients from separating.

 

Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria.

WHAT IS THE CHEMICAL FORMULA?
C35H49O29
C =  Carbon    H= Hydrogen  O = Oxygen

Xanthan gum is produced by natural fermentation of corn, soy, wheat, or cabbage. The bacteria digest the sugars in these vegetables and produce a complex sugar polymer. Alcohol is added to make it drop out of solution. The xanthan gum is then dried and converted into a powder that can be used in food and other products.

Only a small amount is required between 0.1% and 2%

You can simply add a small amount the liquid you would like to thicken & use a stick blender to emulsify. You can also do this by hand, however you will need to be very patient!

Another option is vigorously stir your liquid creating a vortex, gently sprinkling the gum into the centre.

The easiest and most effective option is to blend Xantham Gum into Glycerine and it will make a paste that can be easily dispersed into water.


 

A little video showing how Xanthan Gum can thicken water

 Ooh you have to love a Chef - see how  Xanthan Gum is used  in cooking as a natural thickening agent. Good enough to eat, thumbs up for a cleaning product.

 

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