- Certified Organic by A Bee Organic
- Certified Kosher by Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
- Suitable for Vegetarians
- Suitable for Vegans
About the product:
- 100% VEGAN FOOD THICKENER: Food To Live Organic Guar Gum is made from guar beans and is perfect for vegans.
- GLUTEN-FREE BAKING BINDING AGENT: Make amazing, fluffy, and tasty gluten-free baked goods using organic guar gum.
- DIETARY FIBER SOURCE: Organic guar gum contains so much fiber, you’ll benefit even using less than 1g of product.
- ORGANIC CERTIFIED: Organic Guar Gum from Food To Live contains no contaminants and is non-GMO.
- MULTIPLE USES: Use organic guar gum in cooking for soups, sauces, salad dressings, vegan jellies, and ice cream.
What Is Organic Guar Gum?
Organic guar gum is a product made from the seeds of the guar plant. This substance has exceptional properties as a thickener and stabilizer. Therefore, it’s used in a variety of industries, but mostly in food production. The vast majority of processed foods contain guar gum in some form and you can use it at home to make some treats. Organic Guar Gum from Food To Live is 100% free from any contaminants and safe for you and your family to enjoy.
How Is Guar Gum Produced?
The process of organic guar gum production is rather straightforward. Guar plant beans are harvested, dehusked, milled, and screened. Organic guar gum powder is the final product. Main producers of guar gum are India, Pakistan, Australia, and the US.
Organic guar gum price is fairly low compared to the cost of some other vegan food thickeners. Its production is cheap and the demand for this substance is huge as aside from food production, it’s used in hydraulic fracturing. The latter is a method of natural gas and oil extraction that gains popularity today.
Organic Guar Gum: Benefits and Side Effects
Organic guar gum isn’t a superfood and thus doesn’t offer any specific health benefits. You’ll only need to use less than a teaspoon of the product in most recipes. Therefore, organic guar gum nutrition value doesn’t really matter. However, you’ll definitely get a tiny boost of fiber from it as guar gum contains huge amounts of it.
When consumed in reasonable amounts, organic guar gum has no side-effects. This is why it’s an approved food ingredient. However, eating too much guar gum might cause indigestion and other digestive issues, because this product is high in fiber.
Please don’t mistake Food To Live Organic Guar Gum you can use when cooking for ‘guar gum supplements’. Unlike using this substance in cooking, guar gum pills are extremely dangerous. Due to the powder’s ability to absorb liquid and expand, taking these pills might cause gut obstructions. That’s why they are prohibited by the FDA.
Is Organic Guar Gum Vegan?
Organic guar gum is a 100% vegan product. In fact, it’s used in many vegan foods as a thickener to make up for the absence of animal fats.
This product is often substituted with xanthan gum, produced from corn. However, organic guar gum is more beneficial nutritionally it contains a large amount of fiber.
Certified Organic Guar Gum: Uses in Your Home
You don’t have to produce foods on a commercial scale in order to use organic guar gum in your home. This ingredient will come in handy when making a great number of dishes, especially if you are on a vegan or gluten-free diet. Due to its ability of a thickener, organic guar gum can replace gelatin and enhance your soups, sauces, and salad dressings.
Add it to your nut or seed milks in order to make them thicker. In fact, with the help of a blender and some organic guar gum, you can make plant yogurts and cream. Both the taste and consistency will be different from dairy products. However, this can help you in some recipes.
People on a gluten-free diet know how hard baking can be because most flours they can eat don’t produce ‘homogenous’ dough. To put it simply, gluten-free baking often turns out extremely crumbly.
Organic guar gum can change this as it will act as a binding agent. It will help make gluten-free dough similar in texture to regular. This means you’ll be able to get your fluffy and tasty bread and pastries.
You can also use organic guar gum when making jams, creams, and jellies. Any kind of ‘gummy’ treat you can think of will be possible with this binding and thickening agent.
How to Store Organic Guar Gum
Storing Organic Guar Gum (bulk) from Food To Live is very easy. Keep the product away from heat and direct sunlight and it will last for a very long time.
It’s vital to keep organic guar gum perfectly dry as moisture makes it gelatinize and can ruin the product.
How to Use Organic Guar Gum as a Food Thickener
Organic guar gum is a rather ‘potent’ thickener, so you should be careful when using it. In most cases, you should add between 0.1 and 1.25% of the product in relation to the amount of liquid ingredients. This means that you should add about 1-3 teaspoons of organic guar gum per a quart of water.
To achieve the best effect, mix organic guar gum with some liquid separately, before adding the rest of ingredients. For example, when making a salad dressing, dissolve organic guar gum powder in oil. Use a blender to mix ingredients thoroughly.
Organic Guar Gum: Vegan Ice Cream Recipe
• 2 cans coconut milk (not low-fat)
• ½ teaspoon organic guar gum
• 1/3 cup agave syrup
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ½ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
• 4 drops peppermint essential oil
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
2. Put your vegan ice cream into a suitable container with an airtight lid and put in the freezer. Let the substance freeze for no less than 24 hours.
There is no avoiding the slightly ‘coconuty’ taste, but you can ‘cover’ it with flavorants. If chocolate mint isn’t to your liking, use frozen fruits, other extracts, peanut butter, nuts, or any other add-in.
You can make the so-called ‘chunky’ ice cream if you stir in chopped/crushed frozen fruits or nuts into the ice cream base after it’s been in the freezer for 12 hours. At this point, the substance will be thick enough to prevent the pieces sinking to the bottom of the container.
Organic guar gum is the ingredient that makes vegan ice cream ‘sticky’ enough to resemble its dairy counterpart. Be careful with the amount of the thickener as putting in too much will make your treat rubbery and too little won’t produce the needed effect. You might need to experiment with proportions a bit as several factors will affect the texture of your vegan ice cream.
Guar Gum: Industrial Uses
The thickening and stabilizing properties of guar gum make it a valuable substance in many industries. Its most common uses include:
• Making higher quality and denser paper sheets
• Textile printing
• Waterproofing explosives
• Binding various ingredients in medications
• Acting as a thickener in cosmetic lotions, toothpastes, etc.
Such versatility and usefulness in a variety of businesses make guar gum extremely precious. However, it’s the substance’s role in hydraulic fracturing that makes it truly invaluable. This binding agent plays an essential part in the process of natural oil and gas extraction. Over 90% of all guar gum produced by Pakistan and India goes to various hydraulic fracturing sites.
Despite the fact that huge amounts of guar gum go to various industrial applications, the food market retains the highest demand for it. Almost every type of processed foods contain this additive. Its amounts vary depending on the product and every country has specific regulations regarding the maximum allowable level of guar gum.
Have Fun with Guar Gum Bubbles
Do you love soap bubbles? With organic guar gum you’ll be able to make your own soap bubble juice that will provide lots of fun to you and your kids. All you need is to mix:
• 1 liter water
• 9-13 tablespoons of dishwasher liquid
• ¼ teaspoon organic guar gum
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
Make sure all ingredients are dissolved in the water and power up your soap bubble equipment with this juice. Note that the brand of organic guar gum and detergent and even the chemical content of your water will affect the ‘bubbliness’ of the solution. Therefore, you might need to adjust proportions based on the results.
It’s best to start with the barest minimum of everything. You can also try making several batches with different amounts of detergent and guar gum at the same time. This way, you’ll be able to compare the results and see which formula works best.