Used to make all types of jellies, puddings, and custards, Agar (or sometimes called agar agar) and Kanten (寒天) are a natural white gelatin obtained from algae. If you are vegetarian or vegan, this easy homemade agar recipe is a great alternative for you.
Gather all the ingredients.
Powdered kanten (agar agar): Agar needs to be heated to dissolve properly. The powdered form of agar is easiest to measure and use; bars and flakes should be dissolved in water first. It sets in about an hour at room temperature (Source).
If you are using agar/kanten stick: You will need to rinse it carefully and break it into pieces to soak them in water for 30 minutes. This will help dissolve agar/kanten faster. Squeeze the water out from the pieces and they are ready to use.
If you want to use gelatin: 1 tsp. agar/kanten powder = 1 tsp. powder gelatin
In order to set 1 cup (250 ml) of liquid, you will need:
Agar/Kanten powder = 1 tsp (2 g)
Agar/Kanten stick = ½ stick (4 g)
Kanten thread = 12 threads (4 g)
Agar flakes = 1 Tbsp (4 g)
Equipment you will need:
An 8" x 8" (20 x 20 cm) baking dish is a perfect size to cut agar-agar jelly into nice cubes but you can use other mold(s).
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