The Secret of Carboxymethylcellulose

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WTF – Carboxymethylcellulose? Retaining Water (in a good way)

Carboxymethylcellulose is a special member of the methycellulose family that has the unique strength of enhancing moisture retention when added to doughs. This is a huge benefit for helping frozen foods taste fresh as the day they were made after thawing, and for preventing flattening in baked goods. In this episode of WTF Scott and Janie put CMC through the gauntlet by testing its functionality in a loaded coffee chocolate chip cookie and a few of his nonna’s favorite pasta recipes.

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Coffee Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies
Scarpinocc e Ragu D’anatra
Cappelletti e Oxtail Brodo

References and Other Links you Might Like!
WTF – Methyl Cellulose
WTF – Microcrystalline Cellulose
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Ask A Chef – Understanding Syneresis

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We Transform Food is a weekly series from Modernist Pantry exploring cool ingredients and gadgets that can help any chef transform food into more memorable experiences.


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