About Xanthan Gum
Xanthan Gum is an effective thickening agent and stabilizer to prevent ingredients from separating.
What is it
Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria.
WHAT IS THE CHEMICAL FORMULA?
C = Carbon H= Hydrogen O = Oxygen
how it is made
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.
uses & benefits
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.