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    help with kanten! (a form of gelatin)

    Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:27 pm Groupie
    Kanten is similar to gelatin; it's made from seaweed, and is firmer in texture than normal gelatin, and it doesn't require refrigeration to set up.

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    I found a recipe I want to try that calls for 34 grams of agar agar strands. Could I just substitute a bar of kanten for the agar strands? I don't have any agar agar strands, that's why I'm asking. I don't have any idea how many ounces 34 grams of agar agar (by weight) is equivalent to. How many ounces of agar agar strands would I need to reach the equivalent of 34 grams of agar agar strands (I'm going to assume this would be by weight).

    I also have one other question. How many bars of kanten would I need to reach the equivalent of 34 grams of agar agar strands? I already looked online for a conversion all it gives is converting flakes to powder and powder to bars. It doesn't say anything about how many bars it takes to equal the equivalent of strands.

    I also found something called China grass. Is this also agar agar strands, just by a different name?
    Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:26 pm
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    The above source says one kanten bar will work for 2 cups liquid. How much liquid does your recipe use? That might be an easier way to figure out the equivalence.
    Stella Mae
    Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:05 pm Groupie
    I think Kanten and China Grass are the same thing.
    Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:12 am Groupie
    Strips are just more finely shredded bars so weight should be equivalent. I would suggest you soak the bars longer (tear in bits) even overnight for the best results. In order to do many non-American cooking you need to get yourself something that weighs in metric as well as in oz.
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