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    Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:52 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Is there a substitute for this, or a place to buy it inexpensively?
    Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:40 am Groupie
    Cook's Thesaurus online recommends using guar gum or pre-gel starch.
    Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:11 pm
    Forum Host
    This thread in the GF forum may be helpful to you,

    You might also want to visit the GF forum in general, they are really helpful people,
    Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:33 pm
    Forum Host
    If you are baking gluten-free, the best alternative would be to use guar gum as a substitute.

    Xanthan Gum is used in gluten-free baking and is used to provide structure to the softer gluten-free flours. It helps trap the air bubbles and hold them while your cake is baking- if all the air that you whisk in does not hold, you will end up with a heavy cake.

    Xanthan gum is quite expensive, but only used by 1/2 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons in most recipes. It will store well in an airtight container and keep almost indefinitely.

    IF you are using a bough already blended gluten-free flour for baking, it will already include xanthan and/or other gums. It may not be necessary to add additional gum to your baking recipe.

    Hope this info helps
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