Agar Flakes

 agar flakes
Agar is a vegan thickener made of seaweed and is very similar to gelatin in texture. I commonly use this ingredient in my gluten free Asian recipes.According to Wikipedia:

“Agar or agar-agar is a gelatinous substance derived from a polysaccharide that accumulates in the cell walls of agarophyte red algae. Historically and in a modern context, it is chiefly used as an ingredient in desserts throughout Asia…Agar can be used as a vegetarian gelatin substitute, a thickener in jellies, ice cream and other desserts.”

I used agar quite a bit when I did my Ayurvedic training in the early 1990’s, now, not as much. I do use agar in the Pumpkin Custard recipe on my website and for the gluten free Pecan Pie recipe in The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook (purchase the book

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