The Secret of Lecithin

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WTF Liquid vs Powder Lecithin: Lessons in Lecithin

Liquid and powder lecithins (whether it’s soy or sunflower) have very different properties and despite what many think, they are not interchangeable. Find out what makes lecithins unique and more importantly, when to use each type depending on the recipe. Scott and Janie review the key distinctions in lecithin and unveil a decadent chocolate peanut butter praline cup… on this week’s WTF.

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  • I would like to use Lethicin in making fondant!

  • Elizabeth Wiesemann
    August 11, 2021 2:05 pm

    Would love to make cinnamon buns with the dry lecithin. Thank you!

  • Elizabeth Wiesemann
    August 11, 2021 2:06 pm

    If I was able to win, I would love to make cinnamon buns using the dry Lethicin. Thanks for the opportunity! Love watching Scott!!!

  • Marla Parsons
    August 11, 2021 2:22 pm

    I would love to make mayonnaise with Leticin. However, my husband would love those peanut butter cups. They look yummy! What a great video! So informative for the home cook. Thank you!

  • Marla Parsons
    August 11, 2021 2:24 pm

    Oh my! What a great video! I would love to make Mayo with the lethicin but my husband would love the peanut butter cups so maybe both. Lol.

  • Since lecithin occurs naturally in eggs and pastry cream is made with egg yolks (fillings for éclairs etc.), I would love to use the liquid lecithin to make an egg-free pastry cream. The emulsion should form nicely and there would be a cream filling, but without the use of eggs. It could be also be a vegan pastry cream!

    • It would be possible, but you would need to make sure that there is fat in the recipe for the liquid soy lecithin to dissolve in. Good idea!

  • I want to use the lecithin to emulsify MCT oil into magnesium oil (that is water based) to make a headache liquid for my roller ball bottles)

  • Carol Bradstreet
    August 11, 2021 5:40 pm

    I make my own soy milk from scratch, using only soy beans. Would a liquid lecithin help keep the milk from separating? Even though I shake the jar of milk every time before I use it, towards the end of the jar there’s a settling of the milk solids. Thank you!

  • German chocolate cake calls for 4 egg yolks. Can I substitute the yolks with liquid soy lecithin? If so, how much for each yolk? I already tried replacing each yolk with a tablespoon of of liquid soy lecithin and it was a complete disaster.

    • No. The liquid soy lecithin can replace the small amount of lecithin that is naturally occurring in a yolk, but you will loose all of the protein and fats that are beneficial in a yolk.

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