Though not strictly certified organic, this pure agar powder still guarantees top quality when it comes to consumption. Now Foods make sure that the content inside the 2 ounce bottle is vegetarian, sugar-free, gluten-free, egg-free, corn, milk, salt, yeast, wheat, soy, and preservative-free. That’s why you don’t need to trouble your mind with doubts of high quality.
This agar powder is derived entirely from the cell walls of natural red sea weed. From a chemical point of view, agar is a polymer built up from subunits of galactose, and serves as a gelatin substitute in case you want your healthy cooking to reach new heights or you’re on a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Agar’s application comes from the fact that when dissolved in boiling water and then cooled, the supplement acquires a gelatinous form, making it perfect to use in jellies, ice cream, for sauce and soups thickening, for clarifying drinks, and even in cosmetics. Agar even surpasses gelatin in terms of hardness and firmness. Different types of agar can remain firm at 65°C, and begins to melt at around 85°C. Agar is able to culture bacteria and won’t be degraded by such.
So next time you want to inspire your cooking experience with a more health-friendly gelling agent, reach for some pure agar!