The Secret of Locust Bean Gum

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WTF – Locust Bean Gum? Your Friendly Neighborhood Hydrocolloid

Locust Bean Gum, or carob gum, is an easy natural addition to any modern pantry for its versatility and ability to thicken and gel. Get into the swing with LBG… on this week’s WTF.

Product Links:
Locust Bean Gum

Recipe Links:
Timeless Tea Egg
Essence of Mushroom Gel Noodle
Quick and Rich Miso Ramen Broth
Ramen Inspired Deviled Egg


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  • Hello,
    I bought your kit to make mushroom noodles as seen in the secret of locust bean gum video. I was wondering if, instead of using 3.5 pounds of chopped mushrooms, one could simply re-hydrate dried mushrooms and use that liquid.



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  • Bill Fleming
    July 26, 2020 8:32 pm

    Can use Locust Besn Gun when making ice cream using Coconut milk?

    • Yes, you will have to experiment with the ratios to figure out what works best for your recipe. Typical usage range is between 0.15% – 0.75%.

  • I was wondering if you have any advice. I am making gelato with the Cuisinart ice-100 Which has the built-in chiller. I have been using your locust bean gum to thicken. I use half whole milk and half of half-and-half. I pre-chill the mixture and pre-chill the machine. The taste is good however it is not nearly as dense as In a gelato store. Any advice to help with the density thanks

    • Gelatos are generally made with a special gelato machine that ensures it will be extremely rich and dense. The best thing you can do is use our locust bean gum or you can try another one of our ingredients perfect gelato which gives a nice dense texture as well. Even when using a high end at home ice cream maker, it can be very hard to replicate that of a commercial grade ice cream maker. Let us know if you have any luck.

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