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Old 11-04-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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A thickener besides gluc? What about gelatin or pectin?

I'm not ready to order gluc powder or anything yet, but was wondering about thickeners found readily in the grocery stores? Like plain gelatin or pectin or something else? I am pretty sure I'd have to cook the mix for a while. And what could these be mixed with to make something I could eat with a spoon on DD? Crystal lite? Low fat milk, cocoa powder, sweetener, etc. for a pudding? Or has someone already experimented with these thickeners and the result was And I should just break down and order gluc?
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I have used gelatine, to make the gummies Beeb posted.
It made lovely gummies...but it has 23 cals per T, gluc has 0!
I dont know if you could make puddings with it...or if it ends up more "set"..would be interested to know!
If you can get glucomannan, do so..it gives puddings a lovely mouth feel, thickens shakes beautifully, and added to baked items, like oat fiber muffins, makes them lovely and moist.

My new fave pud is 1 scoop choc orange protein shake, , 2tsp gluc, 1T cocoa powder and 1/4 cup soya/almond milk.plus water... Put it all in the blender, and mixed on high for a few mins....you get a HUGE bowlful of airy mousse like pudding! Am planning to put it in the fridge to see what it is like chilled...but havent make it that far yet!

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Old 11-04-2011, 03:49 PM   #3
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How about good old fashioned cornstarch? It's not zero calorie (or carb), but I still use it from time to time, because it isn't so bad compared to flour. If you want to make pudding, I found several recipes online for cornstarch pudding that only call for 3-4 tbls of it. At 30 calories and 7 carbs per tablespoon, doesn't seem too bad to me. Here's some examples Argo & Kingsford's Corn Starch | Over 100 Years of Quality.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:02 PM   #4
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Jo, I may go ahead and get it at some point and your recipe sounds good. Makes me want some pudding right now Thanks!

Speck, thanks so much for that link! I thought about cornstarch today at the grocery story, but I didn't stop to check out the calories on the box. Those recipes look good. I may try the chocolate one out soon with an AS instead of the sugar for DD.

Easy Chocolate Pudding

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Yield: 3 cups

* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup Argo® or Kingsford’s® Corn Starch
* 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups milk
* 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine
* 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract

1. Combine sugar, corn starch, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in milk until smooth.


2. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla.


3. Pour into serving bowls. Cover; refrigerate.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:07 PM   #5
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I have used gelatine, to make the gummies Beeb posted.
It made lovely gummies...but it has 23 cals per T, gluc has 0!
I dont know if you could make puddings with it...or if it ends up more "set"..would be interested to know!
If you can get glucomannan, do so..it gives puddings a lovely mouth feel, thickens shakes beautifully, and added to baked items, like oat fiber muffins, makes them lovely and moist.

My new fave pud is 1 scoop choc orange protein shake, , 2tsp gluc, 1T cocoa powder and 1/4 cup soya/almond milk.plus water... Put it all in the blender, and mixed on high for a few mins....you get a HUGE bowlful of airy mousse like pudding! Am planning to put it in the fridge to see what it is like chilled...but havent make it that far yet!

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Wow, my packet of gelatine has 20 calories and since I only use 2 packets in the recipe the whole batch of gummies is only 40 calories for the 10 big gummies I get. I'm a little on what kind of gelatine you are using Jo.
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Gelatine is great and eating a whole Tbsp at a time is not something one would normally do.

I add it to broth for the health bene's but I also gel milk to use in egg nog/smoothies.
It also makes a nice pudding that you can eat w a spoon.

I use a bit more than 1 T per quart of milk. 1 T is the usual amt on the package for a quart. You can make it a bit stiffer but for my purposes it is perfect.

I just pour the milk into quart jars, sprinkle the gelatine over the top and place in a bath of hot water, capped loosely, until dissolved. Give it a good whisk, cap it and refrig.
I usually use my stick blender but for pudding the small cup of a bullet type blender is perfect.

I use it enough that it is better to get it on line in 1-5#.

You can also make a nice, silky, soft gel by adding xanthan or guar in a small amt.

Play around w it....it's great stuff.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:22 AM   #7
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Wow, my packet of gelatine has 20 calories and since I only use 2 packets in the recipe the whole batch of gummies is only 40 calories for the 10 big gummies I get. I'm a little on what kind of gelatine you are using Jo.

I get bulk unflavored gelatin and it says 35 calories per tablespoon.
It is 9g of protein, though!
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Wow, my packet of gelatine has 20 calories and since I only use 2 packets in the recipe the whole batch of gummies is only 40 calories for the 10 big gummies I get. I'm a little on what kind of gelatine you are using Jo.
Mine doesnt have cals on the tub...(the make is Schwartz for Chefs) so I used ************, and just looked for gelatine powder...and it came up as 23 cals per T.
I get about 10 good sized gummies, so I am quite happy to use it!
1 T sets 1/4 cup of water.
How much gelatine do you get in one packet? A tsp or so?

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Old 11-08-2011, 12:22 PM   #9
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A packet of Knox is 1 Tbsp.

I've been buying Great Lakes kosher and for 1 Tbsp, 25 cals. Protein is 6 g.
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Xanthum gum is great for gravies - it's all fiber, but it wouldn't make a pudding.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:22 PM   #11
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Nutritional Facts for 1 packet of Knox Original Unflavored Gelatine:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1/4 of an envelope (1.8 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories
5

Calories from Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
0.0g
0%
Sodium
0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates
0.0g
0%
Protein
2.0g

SO.... a whole packet, 4/4 in an envelop, equals 20 calories per packet. I am also looking right at the box and reading exactly what I have posted above from the internet.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:26 PM   #12
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Mine doesnt have cals on the tub...(the make is Schwartz for Chefs) so I used ************, and just looked for gelatine powder...and it came up as 23 cals per T.
I get about 10 good sized gummies, so I am quite happy to use it!
1 T sets 1/4 cup of water.
How much gelatine do you get in one packet? A tsp or so?

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I tried googling this company and found it but it doesn't give any nutritional facts. I would say you are pretty close, though with 1 TBS being 23 cals. I do believe that is how much is in a packet of the Knox brand. I will have to measure next time to see!
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:47 AM   #13
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The gelatin gummies are great! I love them! I have made cola flavored ones and orange ones.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:18 AM   #14
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I have to confess I buy and eat the fiber gummies from Target--but it would probably be easy to make some, lol!
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