Questions & Answers - Vegetarian Gelatin Substitution
Agar - (know as agar-agar and kanten depending on the source) is a vegetarian gelatin. It's a whitish color, and comes in either sticks, flakes, granules or powder, usually in a little packet. Most health food stores seem to carry it in with the Japanese foodstuffs, or along with the more familiar seaweeds (dulse, kalp, wakame, etc.).
For a gelatin dessert, you use two tablespoons of flaked agar to 3.5 cups of liquid. The granulated form is twice as strong as the flaked; the powdered is three times as strong. Play around with the concentrations to get the right 'wiggliness' for you, since too much produces some real textures.
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