AGAR AGAR POWDER
Requires boiling for 5 minutes to fully hydrate. Forms higher strength gels than gelatine. The coarse mesh helps in dispersion properties. Forms perceptible gels with as little as 0.04% concentrations although typically used at much higher levels. Gels exhibit hysteresis lag useful in many applications. Solubility at 180ºF (82ºC).
Applications: Used in hot flat icings at 0.2%. For doughnut glazes, higher levels, typically .5% to 1.0% are used to prevent crystallization of sugar, reducing the tendency of the glaze to chip, crack, or weep. Used in jelly candies, marshmallow from 0.3% to 1.8% to give desired structural effects. Stabilizes meringue mixtures.