Agar Agar is a vegetarian gelatin substitute produced from a variety of seaweed vegetation. It is sold in health food stores in both flake and powder varieties, and can be used in a variety of dairy-free and vegan recipes as a stabilizing and thickening agent for custards, puddings, sauces and even vegetarian marshmallows.
To use agar flakes in recipes, traditional instructions call for 1 T. of agar flakes to every cup of water or juice, but these measurements may vary from recipe to recipe.
Like animal-based gelatin, the agar is dissolved in the liquid in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, brought to a boil and then simmered until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes. It is then chilled in the refrigerator until set and typically enjoyed cold.
Try some of these Dairy-Free Recipes that use Agar Flakes:
- Crème Caramel Custards
- Homemade Vegetarian Marshmallows
- Marshmallow Moon Pies
Pronunciation: AH - gahr
Also Known As: Agar, Agar Agar, Agar Flakes, Agar Gelatin, Agar Powder