1. What is Agar Powder made from?
Agar powder is made from natural ingredients such as seaweed, apples, or other plants. Each type of agar powder has different main components, but they are all derived from nature.
2. How many types of Agar Powder are there?
Crispy Agar Powder
Crispy Agar Powder, also known as Agar Agar powder, is derived from red algae species Gracilaria or Gelidium in Japan. It is also a popular type of agar used in our country. The powder contains many minerals that are good for the body and is completely harmless to human health. However, you should note that you should not use too much as it will cause bloating.
To produce crispy agar powder, first, boil the seaweed, squeeze out the water, then dry the seaweed and grind it into a fine powder.
Crispy agar powder has a firm texture with high adhesive properties, so it is often used to make traditional jellies and other types of jelly desserts.
Flexible Agar Powder
Flexible Agar Powder, also known as carrageenan powder, jelly agar powder, coconut agar powder, is made from carrageenan (Kappaphycus alvarezii syn. K. cottonii) – a red seaweed species.
Flexible agar powder is industrially produced by freezing seaweed and then using hydraulic pressure to completely remove water. Afterward, the dried seaweed is ground into a fine powder.
Flexible agar powder has a soft and flexible texture and is often used to make coconut jelly or water droplet jelly.
Pre-mixed Agar Powder
The main component is extracted from the Konjac plant (belonging to the Yam family and grown in Asia) with high food safety, the powder is white, without colorings, chemical sugars, preservatives.
This type of powder is suitable for making jelly in bubble tea, after it sets, the agar will be chewy and you can also add your favorite fruit flavor. In addition, Konnyaku powder is also used to make various types of diet noodles.
3. How to use Flexible and Crispy Agar Powder
How to use Crispy Agar Powder
Follow the instructions on the packaging of the agar powder. Usually, the instructions on the agar powder package are 50g mixed with 2.5ml of filtered water, but if you reduce the amount of water to 1.5ml, the agar will be crispier. Try experimenting multiple times to find the most suitable ratio for your taste.
How to use Flexible Agar Powder
Adjust the water ratio to increase or decrease the flexibility of the agar. 10g of flexible agar powder can be mixed with 600 – 800ml or 1 liter of water, reduce it if you add other ingredients such as milk, coffee.
When cooking flexible agar, boil the water first, then gradually sprinkle and stir the agar powder until it is completely dissolved.
When boiling, use high heat; when sprinkling and stirring the powder, use low heat. When all the powder is sprinkled, increase the heat slightly and stir to dissolve. Do not use high heat continuously, as it will cause the agar to bubble and overflow.
Adding flavorings to enhance the taste of agar
Boil the agar powder completely before adding other ingredients such as coconut milk, fresh milk, or coffee, stir quickly, and then pour into molds. Do not boil these ingredients from the beginning, as they can separate and affect the taste of the agar.
4. Notes when pouring agar
When pouring multiple layers of agar, wait for the bottom layer to solidify before pouring the second layer. Use your finger to test the agar, if it feels slightly solid on the surface, evenly poke the first layer with a toothpick and pour the second layer. Pour gently and pour into the corners to ensure that the agar spreads evenly, do not pour directly in the middle of the first layer, as it can cause the layers to break and blend together.
5. Delicious and Easy Agar Desserts
Two-layer Agar Jelly
With just crispy agar powder, you can make a delicious and aromatic jelly dessert.
Agar Jelly with Cheese
Nothing is more wonderful than holding in your hand pieces of crispy, sweet, creamy, and refreshing jelly.
Seaweed Agar Jelly
Seaweed agar jelly has a cool taste, crispy texture, and a delicious aroma, making it a perfect dessert after a family meal.
Coconut Coffee Agar Jelly
Coffee lovers will surely love this dessert, as it provides a delicious treat while keeping you awake and refreshed.
Mango Coconut Agar Jelly
When you’re tired of regular agar jellies, give this fragrant and creamy dessert a try. You’ll be hooked.
Milo Agar Jelly
Yogurt Agar Jelly
Orange Agar Jelly
Two-color Strawberry Agar Jelly
Watermelon Agar Jelly
In addition to ready-made agar jelly brands, you can also explore and choose the suitable agar powder for homemade dishes for your family.
Above are some common types of agar powders that are highly regarded for their taste and affordable price. You can also purchase them from us to ensure the quality of the products.