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A tasteless dried seaweed that acts as a setting agent and is widely used in Asia. It is available in white transluscent crinkly sheets, blocks, powder or brittle strands. When dissolved in water over low heat, it blends with the water and on cooling, sets into a jelly. Agar can be substituted for gelatin, but it has stronger setting properties (about 5 times greater); and unlike gelatin, agar will set at room temperature.
Season: available year-round
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