Xanthum Gum

Todays TopicXanthum Gum

Let’s be honest… Who really knows what this stuff is and what its primary purpose is?

Do you have visions of actual gum when the words Xantham Gum come to your mind?  Like chewing gum!!!

Can I be 100% transparent with you here?  I’m pretty sure this was not a section covered in culinary school or if it was, I paid little to no attention regarding this in my baking course.  I’m a baker and should know these things, right?

I know, I know, you are probably already concerned!  LOL!

O.K. I feel better getting that off my mind!

Lets start again… from the beginning…

Like how do you even pronounce this word?

Where do you buy it and what purpose does it have?

Well, for starters, no shaming here if you are just as clueless as I was about Xantham Gum.  There is sooooooo much information on the internet, much of it conflicting, about Xantham Gum, and it could be really confusing for the average consumer, (thats you and I).

So, in order to lessen the confusion and for the sake of a much shorter post, I’m going to focus on its usefulness in baked goods, specifically when baking Gluten Free items.

In short, it is actually a fermented bacteria (the good kind) that acts as an “all natural” emulsifier.  I found this article on Bobs Red Mill,  http://www.bobsredmill.com/shop  and it seems to be really informative so instead of trying to re-explain it, I’m sharing it:

Xanthan Gum is a plant-based thickening and stabilizing agent. It is named for the bacteria, Xanthomonas campestris, which plays a crucial role in this description. Technically speaking, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, which is just a fancy way to say “a string of multiple sugars.” To create xanthan gum, the Xanthomonas campestris bacterium is allowed to ferment on a sugar. The result is a gel that is then dried and milled to create the powder substance.

Xanthan gum has a number of powerful properties. First, it works as an emulsifier, encouraging liquids that normally don’t like one another to mix together. Second, it works as thickener, increasing the viscosity of liquids and batters. Third, it can create a creamy texture.

In the world of gluten-free baking, xanthan gum plays the crucial role of imitating gluten. In baking, gluten is what makes dough “doughy.” It gives the dough elasticity, as well as viscosity. Those properties help to hold a cookie together while it bakes on a sheet in the oven, and they enable cakes and breads to hold onto the gas bubbles that form inside them – this allows them to rise and take shape. Xanthan gum helps replicate these properties in recipes that do not contain gluten.

 Here is what the package looks like, in case you are curious.  It is a fine powdery substance and you don’t use much, which is a good thing because this little bag can be a bit pricey, depending on where you purchase it.

But guess what???

I’m going to save you a little money, because I discovered printable coupons through Bobs Red Mill that are redeemable at retail stores. You should check it out!

  http://www.bobsredmill.com/get-a-coupon.html    

You’re welcome!!!

I recently made some gluten free biscuits, One batch using Xantham Gum and the other batch I didn’t use it. I was making these for a Strawberry Shortcake Dessert and they needed to be Gluten Free.  Unfortunately, I failed to take a picture of the batch without the Xantham Gum but I can tell you there was a distinct difference in how they baked. The taste was the same in both batches but the batch with the Xantham Gum was fluffier and didn’t spread out as much as the batch without.  After all, if its purpose is to act as a “binder” and hold everything together, I would say the Xantham Gum did a fine job.  Here is are the biscuits with Xantham Gum.    

So, all in all, I hope this gives you a bit more knowledge about Xantham Gum. Before reading this article you might have eliminated a recipe that called for Xantham Gum, like I often would, because you had no idea what this stuff even was.  But now you know!!! You’re Welcome, again!!! LOL

There are certainly alternatives to Xantham Gum, and just like in the case of the biscuits, the flavor was not compromised but the consistency and rising was somewhat altered.  I hope you found this to be helpful!  Go print out your coupon to save on any Bobs Red Mill products and happy baking with Xantham Gum (or not).

Enjoy your day, Jeanette

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And just like that, 2018 is gone! Welcome 2019!

  It’s pretty crazy to recognize that an entire year zoomed by and I never sat down to blog in 2018, not once!  What’s even more crazy, is to finally sit down, even though we are halfway through January, to sum up the year and see just how incredibly full my schedule was and how very grateful I am for that.  

 Rising Simplicity had such an amazing 2018 and if for no other reason, then for me to document it for future reference, I was determine to take the time and  simply capture some of what the year looked like!  So, here we go…!

  I dove into the world of weddings and became a preferred vendor with Real Weddings Magazine.   https://realweddingsmag.com/the-magazine/   This has been so fun to have my work featured in wedding photo shoots and also advertise in the wedding industry, through this incredible magazine and its partner magazine, Style.  This was the add in December for Style magazine, featuring my #1 selling item, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, and a few pictures of the wedding photo shoot that Ames Haus (the Designer for this wedding shoot) invited me to participate in.      

 Speaking of Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, they remained the most popular item throughout the year at various events, and grabbed the attention of several satisfied customers, which resulted in making over 10,000, hand made, hand dipped little morsels of goodness!  Now that’s crazy!  I am now affectionately known as the “Carmel Lady” to many people in search of  how to get their hands on these irresistible, melt in your mouth treats.  I had several large quantity orders for Corporate and Employee gifts as well as Dessert Buffets and Celebrations of all kinds that required quality Chocolate!  LOL!  

 The opportunity arose for me to feature my Caramels in the most adorable little boutique and event center in downtown Roseville called Time & Space.  This has provided a place for customers to stop in and conveniently purchase all the caramels they want, or at least as many as I have in stock at the store.  What a blessing this has been for sure!!!

  Throughout the year I participated in several Fundraisers, Events and Charities such as Blue Heart Foundation (Prevent Sex Traffic), American Heart Association, Breast Cancer Awareness Society, Soroptimist Local Chapter, Veterans Stand Down, Law Enforcement Fundraisers, and a few other real great causes.  It is super rewarding and satisfying to give back to my community and support such worthwhile organizations.  

           

 I also had multiple opportunities to hold Meal Planning Workshops at Fit For Living Gym in Lincoln, Ca as well as conduct a couple of Cooking Demos at Marisolio Tasting Bar in Murphys.  I especially enjoyed collaborating with my sons Tyler and Garrett, with Laughing Mother Farms and incorporating their delicious, organic produce, grown local in Murphys into the demonstrated recipes.    

   

I made Decorated Sugar Cookies for events ranging from various holidays, birthdays and showers to retirement parties, themed events and New Years Celebrations.  Cookies bagged, Cookies boxed, Cookies on trays, Cookies everywhere!  It was a cookie kind of year right up to Dec. 31st!  These racks were filled multiple times throughout the year with a variety of cookies and this represents many, many hours of cookie decorating.  I also call it Cookie Therapy!  LOL!

 

 I met so many amazing people this past year, I made many networking connections and I participated in countless business opportunities and collaborations.  I feel like I grew as a business owner and made some changes for better efficiencies, time management and organizational systems and of course, work-life-balance!

 What a wonderful year it has been for Rising Simplicity!  As I take the time to reflect on all that this year has entailed, I am smiling at what a true blessing it has been to continue doing what I LOVE to do.  It is a gift to utilize what God has gifted me with and has allowed me a creative outlet as well as a means to share it with others.  Pure delight!

  I’m so excited about 2019 and already have several opportunities on my work schedule.  I’m hoping an entire year doesn’t pass by before I find myself entering a blog post, but if it does, I’m confident its because I was having fun baking cookies and making Dark Chocolate Caramels.  

 Thanks for following along and Happy New Year!

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