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Posted by: pegf1008, Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 8:56pm
I just found a substitute for xanthan gum and guar gum for baking breads. It is on
It is just "milled flax seeds, coconut flour, and a yam product called glucomannan.
All of these can be used 1:1 to substitute for either guar or xanthan gum."
I am assuming any one of the above can be used by itself. I can't have the coconut flour and I don't know about the glucomannan, but flax seeds are a diamond food for me. I will try that if I decide to make a bread recipe that calls for either xanthan gum or guar gum (guar is a black dot for me).
Posted by: Ribbit, Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 9:01pm; Reply: 1
If you use flax meal, you'll have to use more than just 1:1 ratio.  Usually in a loaf of bread they might call for 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum, but I often use 1 cup or more of flax meal!  But then, I don't use eggs either.  If you're using eggs, obviously you can get away with using a lot less other gooey binders.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 9:10pm; Reply: 2
how about a legume flour, beneficial to your type?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 9:16pm; Reply: 3
At that point, you're changing around the whole recipe anyway,and you may as well just find a recipe that doesn't call for any gums at all (or experiment and create your own.)

I wouldn't assume that this "yam product" has the same value as whole yams, as the very name implies that it's highly processed.
Posted by: pegf1008, Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 9:32pm; Reply: 4
I guess the thing to do will be to experiment with whatever you choose to use. I just had thought this was interesting as I didn't know you could substitute ANYthing for xanthan gum or guar gum. Hopefully this will encourage people to experiment and then post what they did and how it worked out.
Posted by: Cristina, Thursday, December 30, 2010, 6:52am; Reply: 5
it is just a matter of leaning towards learning to enjoy new textures and tastes that allow us to feed our bodies according to our type, rather than trying to emulate the tastes and textures brought on by years of wrong eating habits .... :)
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, December 30, 2010, 7:36am; Reply: 6
Cristina - how's the flooding in Q'land? We heard on the news today that half the state is under water? Are you affected?

And has anyone heard from Symbi lately?

Munchkin - are your family affected?

Anyone else from Aus affected in any way?
Posted by: Munchkin76, Thursday, December 30, 2010, 10:40am; Reply: 7
Hiya Possum

Luckily, my family are okay being in Brissie and all.  Dad says though that most of the state is underwater and people have been evacuated - really terrible for them.  I keep praying that they'll all be okay and able to return home soon (pray)

I know Symbi is in Brissie too, so hopefully she's okay.

Cristina, is everything well with you?  You're on the sunny coast and I know Gympie and Bundaberg have been effected, so not too far from you.....
Posted by: Cristina, Thursday, December 30, 2010, 12:09pm; Reply: 8
My neighborhood is OK, no problems at all, we have been getting rain but are high enough and well protected my the state forest across the road, although we have been checking and seen the water creeping in there, but in order to reach us, the whole of Coolum beach will have to go under ...

other places not too far have not been that fortunate ... areas in gympie, bundeberg near our Sunny coast ... Emerald in Central Highlands ... it has been terrible, everywhere, by now the rest of the world should be taking notice ... billions of dollars in damage, and I have heard they find someone had drown trying to cross flooded areas ...

Our thoughts and prayers extend to all those affected ...

And this is after record rains in September ... this is just the begining tof cyclon and raining season ... that is the problem ... all dams, creeks and rivers are swollen so the water does not have where to go ...

Not only QLd, earlier on it has been NSW as well ...

We are just praying also that no more rain for a while at least .... at the moment we are all enjoying a break in the weather, saw some sunshine today, the north part of QLD still getting lots of rain ...

Thanks for asking ... Also, hope to hear from Symbi, hope she and her family are also OK ...
Posted by: Cristina, Thursday, December 30, 2010, 12:30pm; Reply: 9
Andy, glad to hear your family is OK and that you too are OK with the freezing in UK ...

The whole world is in chaos ... one of the towns here, their river is expected to peak at 16.2 metres above the bridge!!! 80% of the town evacuated ...

and all this from just a small cat 1 storm that cross the coast on the north of the state and it moved down as a rain depression to cover most of the state ...  :o
Posted by: Possum, Friday, December 31, 2010, 8:57am; Reply: 10
Good to hear you & yours both are ok... ;) Fingers crossed Symbi is too!! ??) :-/
Posted by: Munchkin76, Friday, December 31, 2010, 9:56am; Reply: 11
I echo Poss - glad you're okay Cristina!!
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