Want to make gluten-free bread with a similar texture to that of your favorite gluten-filled bread from childhood? Or perhaps you are looking to perfect your attempt at gluten-free pie crust? Fortunately, you can still get the consistency you are looking for in almost any recipe with the help of a few pantry staples.
Baking Gums and Thickening Agents can be miracle workers in any kitchen, but particularly in a gluten-free kitchen. They will come in handy whether you are following a gluten-free recipe from a cookbook or experimenting with baking on your own.
The most well-known traditional thickener is cornstarch. Cornstarch can be found at at your local grocery store. I often find arrowroot and potato flour as well in the gluten-free baking sections of my local grocery stores. As for the other items on my list, I have to travel to Whole Foods or a local health food store for those items if I need them right away. While I like to shop locally when I can, I have found that most of these baking agents are often way overpriced. The deals online for some of the products listed below are way cheaper and last for months–well worth the investment! Fortunately, there are a good number of different types of baking gums and thickening agents to choose from.
Here is a list of my favorite Gluten-Free Baking Gums and Thickening Agents with links on where to purchase them for the best price:
Agar Powder-A powder from red algae that is a good source of iron. It is a vegetable substitute for gelatin derived completely from seaweed.
Gelatin (An Animal Product)-A powder used to make gelatin based desserts
Arrowroot Starch/Flour-A thickening agent that can be used in place of cornstarch. It is great for grain-free breads, puddings, sauces and soups.
Cornstarch-A gluten-free thickener that can be used in many recipes and gives texture to baked goods.
Guar Gum-A thickening agent made from guar beans. It helps add thickness to gluten-free flours and prevents the gas from escaping during leavening.
Potato flour-A flour derived from dehydrated potatoes that is rich in Vitamin C and iron.
Potato starch-A starch that can withstand higher temperatures than cornstarch. It adds moisture to baked goods and is a great thickener for soups and sauces.
Tapioca flour/starch-A thickening agent that is great both in baked goods as well as sauces.
Xanthan Gum– A soluble fiber that helps add volume to baked goods, particularly bread. It is a good gluten replacement in recipes because it helps hold particles together well.
What are your favorite gluten-free baking staples?!
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Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat
Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva