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Where Do You Buy Xanthan Gum And What Is It?

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:30 AM

I found a couple of receipes that are gluten-free but they call for xanthan gum. I have idea what it si and where I can get it. Can you get it from a grocery store or do you have to go to a speacialty shop (the kind that you can buy cake pans and decorating materials)?
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:33 AM

Most health foods carry it, I get it from vitamin cottage, but even my small helth food store carries it. It is expensive, but you can sometimes use guar guar gum in place of it. I keep both in stock in my house. It is in a small bag most of the time and it looks just like an flour or an starch.

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:57 AM

Most health food stores carry xanthan gum or guar gum. I find it cheapest at GNC'S. Whole Foods carries it also.... plus you can buy ready mixed flour blends that have this already in the mix. There are several comapnies that have their own blend...... We use BetterbatterFlour Blend.
Its on sale at present....

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 12:08 PM


Xanthan gum is necessary in gluten free baking to act as a kind of binder--without it, a lot of things like cakes, breads, and cookies would crumble and have a brick-like texture.

I use Gluten Free Pantry brand--I have found it at Whole Foods. Also widely available at healthfood stores and Whole Food/Wild Oats is Bob's Red Mill xanthan gum.

It is expensive, but since you only use a small amount, the package tends to last a long time :)
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 03:11 PM

I found it at my local Kroger's... :)

They have a big section of gluten-free stuff.
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 06:59 AM

I order mine from www.barryfarm.com. They are pretty cheap.
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 07:12 AM

I buy it at Wegmans and it is about $10, but you don't use much. I have a small bag and it has lasted over a year. I keep it in an air tight container.
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 08:45 AM

I've bought it at Wegmans and the Gluten Free Source in Dillsburg.
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