Gelatin powder and leaf gelatin for baking
There are many types of gelatin. Like fish gelatin, beef gelatin, gelatin powder and leaf gelatin. It also have many usages. Each one all have different applications. So we will learn about baking application of the gelatin powder and leaf gelatin today.
Specification of Edible Gelatin
|Specification of Edible Gelatin Food Grade|
|Appearance||light yellow or yellow with in white grain no impurity that can be seen in eyes|
|Odor||No special smell. No foul smell. No peculiar smell|
|Jelly Strength(6.67%) (bloom)||≥50|
|Total bacteria count (cfu/g)||≤10000|
|Conclusion||The product conforms to the standard|
|Physical and Chemical Items||Specification||Result|
|Jelly Strength (6.67%)||≥160bloom||165bloom|
|PH (1%) 40℃||3.8-7.6||5.2|
|Clarity 5%||≥400mm||500 mm|
|Heavy Metals(As Pb)||≤20mg/kg||<20|
|Total Bacteria Count||≤1000ing||<1000ing|
|Appearance||transparent sheet with grid pattern, 23cm*7cm*0.05cm size|
How to use gelatin powder and leaf gelatin for baking?
Gelatin powder is probably the easiest to get and the easiest to mix with the liquid you want to solidify. It does not need to be soaked, but it needs continuous stirring to avoid agglomeration of the gelatin crystals. Add the required amount of gelatin powder to the cold or room temperature liquid substance, and then slowly increase the temperature as shown in the recipe you are using. Do not let liquid substances boil. Stir constantly.
Leaf gelatin has excellent effects, especially in dairy desserts (such as cake) and alcoholic desserts (such as champagne jelly). It is especially recommended to use titanium leaf gelatin when adding liqueurs or spirits to your recipes or making delicious jellies such as aspics. If you use cooked fruits in your recipes, leaf gelatin is sufficient, but when using fresh fruits, it is best to use titanium-strength leaf gelatin because the acidity of the fruit will counteract the bile effect of gelatin. Soak the required amount of leaf gelatin in cold water for 1 minute, then remove the excess water before adding the liquid substance. Soaking the leaves allows them to easily dissolve into the mixture with minimal agitation. Soaking also helps to obtain a smooth or creamy texture.
Gelatin conversion process
The exact conversion between leaves and powder will depend on the strength and size of the leaf gelatin sheet used, as well as the brand of powder. However, the general consensus is that 1 tablespoon of powder = 3-4 sheets of gelatin.
Allergens and dietary restrictions
No matter which one you choose, gelatin is a collagen-based product, so it is not suitable for vegans or vegetarians. The exact source depends on the brand, but most come from pork, veal or beef. Fish gelatin is also very common. Remember, if you use the fish version, you must also provide an allergen warning for people who are allergic to fish or shellfish. As an alternative, vegetarian bakers often use agar as a gelling agent. Agar has similar coagulation properties to gelatin, but it comes from seaweed rather than animals, so it is suitable for vegetarians. Pectin is a fruit-based thickener, usually found in jellies such as jams and jellies, and can also be used as a substitute for certain recipes.
Some fruits may prevent gelatin from setting
Do you want to make gelatin desserts with pineapple, kiwi or figs? Note that these fruits contain enzymes that may prevent the protein in gelatin from hardening. One way to solve this problem is to cook the fruit first. Boiling will destroy the enzymes that normally prevent gelatin from hardening.
Layered gelatin process
One way to make impressive gelatin desserts is to mix different flavors and layer them. This requires some practice, so if you don’t get it the first time you try, don’t worry. In order to layer the gelatin, you must let the first layer cool so that it solidifies but is not strong. Otherwise, the new layer will heat the layer below and the colors will work together. However, if the layer is too strong, the layers will not fuse together, but will separate.
Choose the right gelatin mold material. You can use glass or ceramic molds to make gelatin or even cupcake tins. Then try to remove gelatin from these molds. We suggest that silicone molds or metal molds. These molds can be swung to help release the gelatin.
Remove gelatin snacks from molds
Slide a knife on the edge of the mold to loosen it, then turn it over. If gravity does not work, you can immerse the bottom of the mold in warm water at any time. It will melt the gelatin a bit, so it will slip out.
Put gelatin in popsicles and sorbets. This is a gelatin technique that many people don’t know. You can put gelatin in popsicles or sorbets. It adds a lot of nutrients. Gelatin has no taste, so your child won’t even know that there is gelatin in their soda.
Gelatin can also prevent snacks from melting quickly. If you are making fruit popsicles, gelatin will give them a softer, creamier texture.
Suspend food in gelatin. This is another gelatin technique that requires some practice, but the results look very impressive. First, pour your gelatin into the mold and let it set slightly. Foods such as fruits are then mixed into the gelatin and they will be suspended in the dessert. Gelatin must have perfect hardness to be effective. If it is too soft, the food will only sink to the bottom. If it is left for too long, air bubbles will appear when the food is mixed.
What is gelatin powder?
In fact, gelatin powder is made from boiled animal bones, skin and tendons. Mainly used to make jelly and some other desserts. Gelatin is actually a kind of biological macromolecule, so it also has some characteristics of macromolecules. For example, when we put dry gelatin powder in a proper amount of water, we will find that they will swell slowly. The longer the time, the greater the swelling. This appearance is also called swelling. However, the expanded gelatin will melt when placed in water above 35 degrees, but if the temperature is too high, the stickiness of the gelatin powder will be destroyed. The range of application of gelatin powder is also very much, mainly in food, such as toffee, marshmallow, nougat, ice cream, jelly and other foods all need gelatin powder.
Gelatin powder is a type of collagen hydrolysate. It is a special fat-free and high-protein. It does not including cholesterol. It is often used as a natural and nutritious food thickener. It has a unique taste but does not cause obesity after eating. Also has a some digestive effect. Gelatin powder is generally found in protein-containing yogurt and ice cream. It will not cause cohesion due to gastric acid and can help push forward food digestion.
What is leaf gealtin?
Leaf gelatin is a kind of edible gelatin. It is made by pouring the gelatin solution into slices, then drying them, and continue cutting them into rectangular slices. Their rectangular shape makes it especially easy to cut. No need to weigh or measure. Leaf gelatin is tasteless. So crystal clear gelatin sheets are a quick and easy way to change cooking methods. It is the magic ingredient for making sweet marshmallows, delicious panna cotta and flexible raspberry jelly.
Leaf gelatin also can dissolve. Soak the gelatin sheets in a cup of cold water for 5-10 minutes or until gentle. Taking from the bowl and push the excess water. Next, dissolve the leaves in the warm liquid to be solidified. If your liquid is cold, slowly heat the mixture to a low heat, then add the soaked gelatin leaves. Make sure to gradually heat the mixture slowly, as too much heat or boiling will destroy the gelatin coagulant.
How to use gelatin powder and leaf gelatin?
Spread the gelatin powder on the external with cold water or liquid. Use 1/4 cup, 60 ml, or any amount required in the recipe for each envelope. Don’t pile the particles in a pile, because the particles in the middle will not “bloom” well. Let wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Add warm liquid or heat gently and stir until dissolved. To verify that the particles are melted, lift the stirrer and make sure that no undissolved particles are attached to it.
Soak one or more pieces of leaf gelatin in a bowl of cold water for 5 to 10 minutes. (Each tablet is about 1 cup, 250 ml, cold water.) Once soft, remove the gelatine sheets from the cold water. Wring lightly to remove excess water, then add to the warm liquid and stir until dissolved. If adding the cold mixture, melt the softened flakes in a pan or microwave on very low heat, stirring until completely melted. Then gradually add the cold mixture.
A packet of gelatin powder is about 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 teaspoons. If the formula requires small packets (ie 2 packets), use one packet of gelatin for measurement. If the recipe calls for a specific amount, please open the package and measure the gelatin particles with a measuring spoon. 1 gelatin sheets will hold 2 cups of liquid firmly, enough to unmold the dessert. 1 packet of gelatin will lightly solidify 3 cups of liquid. You will not be able to demold this type of dessert.
Both flake and powdered gelatin should be dissolved in cold water. If hot water is used, the gelatin particles will swell quickly on the outside, preventing water from entering the center. Don’t cook things made by gelatin. High temperatures can make gelatin lose its efficacy. Desserts made with gelatin should be refrigerated for at least eight hours, but preferably twenty-four hours. After twenty-four hours, the gelatin will no longer solidify.
Some people prefer to use leaf gelatin, claiming that it has no smell and the gel is more delicate. Another advantage is that there are no undissolved particles when using gelatin sheets. If you want something made of gelatin to solidify faster, please cool down the mold or container first. You can also keep stirring the mixture in a metal bowl placed in an ice bath until it starts to solidify, then pour it into a mold or container.
According to the gelatin manufacturer, gelatin can be stored permanently. If the package is given an expiration date, it is related to “packaging degradation”. Therefore, if the packaging is damaged or obsolete, you may need to throw it away and use a new batch. Certain tropical fruits, such as pineapple, kiwi and ginger, contain an enzyme that prevents gelatin from solidifying. Heating the fruit completely before use will destroy the enzymes.
Adding gelatin to food can make the food non-kosher, halal or unsuitable for vegetarians. Most gelatin comes from beef or pork, but this is not always mentioned on the packaging. Some people add gelatin to ice cream to make them softer when frozen. If so, for a quart of mixture, dissolve 1 teaspoon of gelatin in about 2 tablespoons of ice cream mixture and soften for 5 minutes. Heat a small amount of the ice cream mixture and pour it into the gelatin, stir until dissolved, then mix the gelatin back into the ice cream mixture before stirring.