The Secret of Ultra-Stik

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WTF Ultra-Stik: Tastefully Tacky

We don’t often adhere to the notion that there is a ‘best’ ingredient for any particular application, but in this case we’re going to stick our neck out and say that Ultra-Stik is the best ingredient for gluing together all sorts of toppings, seeds, and nuts. So hold fast to your seats as Scott and Janie test drive Ultra-Stik for home-made granola bars, bagel toppings, and more… on this week’s WTF.

Product Links:
Soy Sauce Powder

Recipe Link:
Granola Bars
Baker’s Best Bagel Bombs

References and Other Links you Might Like!
WTF – Soy Sauce Powder
WTF – Non-Diastatic Malt Powder

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  • A couple of weeks ago I wrote in and asked about how I could go about getting culinary crystals to stick to gummies. Your response was an upcoming episode might help me out. I am thinking that you were referring to Ultra-stik?

    Will Ultra-stik work to adhere the culinary crystals and not cause them to pop? The reason I ask is that in the demo you mix ultra-stik with water and then use that to apply to surfaces. Will the water content of ultra-stik cause the culinary crystals to pop prematurely?

    Thank you

  • Do you not bake the granola bars? Doesn’t that leave the oats tasting a bit raw?

    • Cole Whitney
      June 7, 2021 9:59 am

      The recipe calls for toasted oats. This is done ahead of time by placing them on a sheet pan in an oven that’s been pre-heated in an oven set to 350°F. Move them around with a spatula a few times for even toasting, and remove when your desired level of toastiness is achieved.

  • Can you bake the Ultra Stik? If I add ultra stik to raw ingredients such as nuts and seeds, spread it on a silpat and then bake it, will it work?

    • Yes, but just like any corn syrup based ingredient make sure that it is at the lower temperatures so that it does not burn.

  • Can ultra-stik be used to glue something that’s in a sous vide bag? Or would it have to be baked in the open to drive off moisture? Thank you!

    • Scott Guerin
      March 14, 2022 4:52 pm

      You will need to use a dry cooking method to remove moisture so that the ultrastik will work.

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