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Locust Bean Gum

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Locust bean gum is taken from the seeds of the Mediterranean carob or locust bean tree. It is good at thickening liquids and stabilizing emulsions. It can be used by itself but is more often used to complement other ingredients.

Locust bean gum combines well with ingredients that make brittle gels and strengthens them by making them more elastic. This makes it ideal to use with xanthan gum, kappa and lambda carrageenan, and agar. It can also be used to help keep fruit fillings for pies from boiling out.

Where to Buy Locust Bean Gum

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How Much Locust Bean Gum to Use

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Typically 0.1-0.3% locust bean gum is used for fruit filling stabilization and 0.1-0.75% with other ingredients.

Dispersion and Hydration of Locust Bean Gum

Locust bean gum can be dispersed in cold water with a blender and is hydrated in water above 90°C / 194°F. Once hydrated it is typically effective at temperatures below 85°C / 185°F.

How to Create an Agar Gel using Locust Bean Gum

Take 200 grams of flavored liquid and disperse 0.5 grams locust bean gum and 0.4 grams agar into it using an immersion or standing blender. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 3 to 5

minutes. Remove it from the heat and pour into molds. Let cool. You can now turn out the gel, cut it into any shapes you like, and serve.

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Locust Bean Gum Substitute - Ask Jason

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In Modernist Cooking Made Easy: Getting Started the recipe for mango noodles (and other recipes) includes locust bean gum, but the Modernist Pantry kit I bought does not include it. How can I substitute it? The recipe asks for locust bean gum and agar. Can I use xanthan gum or carrageenan?
- Alejo

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Hi Alejo, that's a good question. In general, agar gels are brittle (they fall apart) while locust bean gum adds elasticity (makes them chewier and stay together). For gels that are being shaped, especially the gel noodles, the elasticity is critical, otherwise they tend to fall apart. For things like cubes or softer gels, you don't have to have the locust bean gum, the gels will just be less chewy.

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