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The Authentic Foods Xanthan Gum is a high quality product that is derive from a fermentation process using the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris. This bacteria was discovered on plants found in the cabbage family. The gum is actually the cell wall surface of the bacteria that is separated by a complex enzymatic process. During the fermentation process, the bacteria is fed glucose and minerals. When completed, the mixture is pasteurized to kill the bacteria. The outer skin is then removed by a series of liquid enzyme reactions leaving the outer skin as a solid material. The gum is then wash, dried and milled to a fine powder.
This xanthan gum is an excellent substitute for gluten (the protein which gives wheat flour its structure). Use it along with non-gluten containing flours to make gluten free baked goods that have a great structure and texture. In addition, add a pinch of xanthan gum to your homemade salad dressings for improved suspension of vinegar and oil.
Recommended Uses for Authentic Foods Xanthan Gum:
Cake: ¼ teaspoon per 1 ½ cup flour
Bread: 1 teaspoon per 1 cup of flour
Pizza crust: 2 teaspoons per 1 cup of flour
Salad dressing: 1/8 teaspoon per cup of dressing