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Ultra-Tex

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Ultra-Tex is a modernist starch that makes it easy to create smooth, creamy sauces from liquids.

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What is Ultra-Tex Used For?Top

Ultra-Tex is used in the culinary world for thickening liquids like a traditional cooking starch, but it doesn't need to be cooked. It is flavorless and doesn't have a starchy mouthfeel; the end result is a very smooth and creamy, glossy texture. Ultra-Tex is very similar in use to xanthan gum but at higher concentrations it has a better mouthfeel than xanthan gum. Ultra-Tex performs well in hot, cold and frozen applications, and in acidic liquids.

There are several different kinds of Ultra-Tex that are modified in different ways, including Ultra-Tex 3, 4, and 8. They are used for similar thickening applications with only minor variations.

  • Ultra-Tex 3 possesses excellent textural stability but with slightly less resistance to high heat and acidity. Ultra-Tex 3 is the best option for the smoothest, creamiest texture.
  • Ultra-Tex 4 is the best Ultra-Tex for handling extremely harsh processing conditions such as intense heating, high shear and low pH.
  • Ultra-Tex 8 provides the highest viscosity resulting in a slightly thicker but still smooth, creamy consistency. This product possesses good textural stability in cold temperatures or extended refrigerated storage conditions.

Where to Buy Ultra-Tex?Top

You can buy Ultra-Tex 3, Ultra-Tex 4 and Ultra-Tex 8 in several places. However, we highly recommend ModernistPantry.com, they have great service and are really good to work with (because of this, we do have an affiliate relationship with them).

Turkey with ultratex gravy

What is Ultra-Tex?Top

Ultra tex 3

Ultra-Tex is an all-natural modified starch used in the culinary world for thickening liquids into a very smooth and creamy, glossy end-product. Ultra-Tex performs well in hot, cold and frozen applications, and in liquids with a low pH factor.

There are several different kinds of Ultra-Tex that are modified in different ways, including Ultra-Tex 3, 4, and 8. They are used for similar applications with only minor variations.

  • Ultra-Tex 3 is derived from tapioca and possesses excellent textural stability but with slightly less resistance to high heat and acidity. Ultra-Tex 3 is the best option for the smoothest, creamiest texture.
  • Ultra-Tex 4 is made from waxy maize. It is the best Ultra-Tex for handling extremely harsh processing conditions such as in-tense heating, high shear and low pH.
  • Ultra-Tex 8 comes from tapioca. It provides the highest viscosity resulting in a slightly thicker but still smooth, creamy consistency. This product possesses good textural stability in cold temperatures or extended refrigerated storage conditions.

How Do You Add Ultra-Tex To a Liquid?Top

Ultra-Tex can easily be added to a liquid by whisking it in, or using an immersion blender to blend it in. It mixes into both hot and cold liquids without creating lumps, and Ultra-Tex hydrates equally well in both.

How Much Ultra-Tex to Use?Top

Usually a percent of 1.0% to 4.0% Ultra-Tex is used for basic thickening and a 4.0% to 8.0% for major thickening.

How to Thicken with Ultra-Tex?Top

Depending on the application and the desired thickness of the end-product, determine which Ultra-Tex variety to use. Combine the liquid with the seasonings you have selected and blend in the Ultra-Tex.

How to Create an Ultra-Tex Gravy?Top

For this application, it would be best to use either Ultra-Tex 3 or 4 to create a smooth and creamy gravy to highlight your dish.

Combine the stock with the seasonings you have selected into a pot and bring to a boil. Blend in the Ultra-Tex and remove from the heat; the gravy is ready to serve.

Examples of Ultra-Tex Gravy Recipes

View more Ultra-Tex gravy recipes, or how to measure modernist ingredients for more information on ratios.

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Ultra-Tex Recipes and Articles

Turkey Bite with Gravy and Cranberry Air Recipe

Turkey with ultratex gravy This recipe makes a fun party dish that combines turkey with a foamed gravy and a cranberry air for a great small plate treat. The cranberry air will last for 5 to 10 minutes after plating, so the quicker you serve this dish the better.