Here are 4 ways to use Agar Powder - an extremely versatile sea vegetable if you are vegan or follow a plant based diet.
Gelatine is used as a setting agent to form a gel. But gelatine is produced by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones from cows and pigs with water. When you use Agar as an alternative to gelatine, no animals die in the process! Agar is derived from a red seaweed that has similar properties to gelatine.
- Replace gelatine with Pacific Harvest’s colourless, odourless Agar Powder when making jellies, puddings ( eg cheesecakes), jellies, fruit purees, yoghurts, jams or marmalade without the need for added sugar to get the desired texture.
- Use Agar to replace eggs in vegan recipes or to reduce fat and sugar while keeping a creamy texture
- Use Agar as a functional food to get essential minerals and nutrients which may be limited through food choices. Read about the amazing health benefits from Agar here.
- Make dressings without the need for fats to lend a thicker texture.
When used properly, agar yields a similar texture to gelatin, and once you get it right, you’ll never look back – even if you’re not vegan or plant-based!