Unflavored gelatin powder is well, a gelatin without flavor
I know that was disdainful. Let us discuss a little in depth, without being overbearing, what is unflavored gelatin? Also what is gelatin powder? What are gelatin powder uses? And agar VS gelatin nutrition,
What is Unflavored Gelatin Powder?
It is also known as granular gelatin. It is typically in the form of powder. However gelatin sheets are also used. Which are also known as leaves.
Powder gelatin is made up of cartilages, skin, bones and connective tissues of animals. The collagen extracted from animal parts is hydrolyzed and formed into almost colorless, slightly yellow, odorless and flavorless substance.
Usually cattle such as pigs and cows parts are used to make gelatin powder as well as sheet gelatin. They are called pork gelatin and bovine gelatin respectively. Bovine is halal gelatin also kosher.
However, fish gelatin can also be used by pescatarians. Agar Agar is a gelatin substitute made up of red algae, suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Unflavored gelatin adds substance as well as texture to foods such as broths. It creates sheen in icings for deserts. You can make gummy vitamins and gummy jelly without pork gelatin by using bovine and fish gelatin or agar agar.
What is Gelatin Powder?
Gelatin powder is just gelatin which is made from dehydrating animal parts and broken into single grains. Powder gelatin disperses and mixes in the food dish more easily than other forms of gelatin.
Owing to its dehydration, you have to hydrate it again before using. Never hydrate or bloom gelatin powder in warm or hot water.
Powdered gelatin is always bloomed in cold water or even juice. Add a splash of cold water to gelatin powder or vice versa and let it sit. Next step depends on what you are making.
What are Gelatin Powder Uses?
There are number of uses for gelatin powder. Let us look at the possible uses of unflavored gelatin powder.
Benefits of Unflavored Gelatin
Benefits of gelatin are unsurpassed, if you ask me. That is exactly why this super food is all the rage in Hollywood these days.
It has essential amino acids, which are building blocks of our body. Gelatin almost entirely consists of protein.
Agar Vs Gelatin
Other than the apparent difference of the source, where agar agar is made up of see algae, whereas gelatin is made up of animal parts and their collagen.
Agar and gelatin also differ in properties and nutrition. Gelatin melting point is 35 degree centigrade while agar melts at 85 degree centigrade. So that makes gelatin a better candidate for ice cream.
In order to set agar, it needs to be boiled, whereas gelatin melts at higher temperature and sets at lower temperature.
Agar agar has more minerals while gelatin has more protein.
Gelatin relieves joint pains but agar agar doesn’t have that property.
Teaspoon of agar powder is equal to 8 tablespoon of gelatin. Which means agar is more powerful than gelatin.
It is up to you to decide in the battle of Agar VS gelatin nutrition, which one wins.
Side effects of gelatin
If you feel bloating, heart burn or any kind of allergic reaction to gelatin seek medical advice from a doctor.
Use bone broth instead of gelatin if gelatin doesn’t agree with you.