The Importance of Gums, Emulsifiers, & Stabilizers in Food Prep

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  • Author Ed Mccormick
  • Published July 26, 2022
  • Word count 546

As a foodie, chef, or cook, you probably already know just how important it is to get the right balance of ingredients in every creation. That is, of course, why recipes and measuring tools exist! But while every recipe contains a delicate ratio of this to that (give or take a pinch), there are a few key underdog ingredients that rarely get the praise or recognition they deserve.

When it comes to gums, stabilizers, and emulsifiers, you might encounter them far less than ingredients like flavorings, dyes, or sweeteners, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t significant! In fact, especially when cooking or creating with dairy products, this trio of additives can mean the difference between success and failure for you and your recipes.

The Importance of Gums

Gums serve as binding agents, which means they help thicken different ingredients during the cooking process. Most commonly, you’ll find gums in things like almond milk, sauces, dressings, soups, and so much more. You’ve likely heard of - or seen - gums like xanthan, agar agar, or cellulose used in some of your favorite recipes or products.

But while common, high quality gums can be difficult to find…until now. Our selection of gums make it easier for any chef or baker to create delicious recipes that feature mouthwatering textures throughout. We’re especially proud to offer gum and gum powder that can be used to whip up gluten-free, vegan, kosher treats from scratch.

The Importance of Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers play a key role in helping not-so-friendly ingredients combine. If you’ve ever used the phrase “they fight like oil and water,” then you understand just how difficult it can be to use ingredients like these in a recipe where consistency - and combination - is key. As an added bonus, emulsifiers can also help to lengthen the shelf life of products, many of which we know and love.

You’ll find emulsifiers in peanut butter, mayo, frosting, bread, and more. Our emulsifiers can ensure that your pantry is always stocked with the necessities for whatever recipes you’re dreaming up that day, and many of them even serve a dual purpose - like thickening.

The Importance of Stabilizers

Stabilizers serve as the metaphorical icing on the cake when using either of the previously mentioned ingredients, as they help ensure that things like emulsifiers continue to work long after the cooking process has been completed. Even if a recipe contains emulsifiers, the binded ingredients can sometimes separate over time, so stabilizers act as a long term solution. Plus, they tend to help create a more appetizing and appealing texture throughout most of the foods that contain emulsifiers.

We’re proud to offer a wide variety of stabilizers that can help you create delicious meals or treats without compromising on quality, taste, or texture. Some of the most common foods that contain stabilizers include ice cream, dressings, margarine, etc.

It’s All About Balance

Many chefs spend time experimenting with each of these ingredients in order to determine which are needed throughout their recipes. Because they can each impact the texture and consistency differently, it’s important to choose wisely. Our selection of additives exists to add value to any recipe - try us out for yourself!

Ed McCormick best known for publishing the ArtMolds Journal, a monthly glossy magazine on art and sculpture. He is a writer of non-fiction books and articles on subjects ranging from teaching to cooking to personal finance.

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