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cayenneman 04-21-2014 05:05 PM

Xantham Gum Flavor
Hello all. Ive been a member here for a few weeks and never posted. Scott from Kentucky. I was just wondering if xantham gum has a bitter flavor/smell to it. I bought some off Amazon, and it leaves a slightly bitter flavor when I use it to thicken. I will introduce myself more appropriately and give more detail in the future. If there is anything or threads I need to know about, let me know. Im fixing low carb gumbo right now with some creole smoked sausage I brought back from New Orleans. Peace to you all and looking forward to good advice.

Arctic_Mama 04-21-2014 05:47 PM

I've not experienced any bitterness from xanthan gum, but it may well depend on the brand. I use Bob's Red Mill.

Yvonnem2000 04-21-2014 05:51 PM

I use the same brand and no bitterness. I put it in homemade ice cream and didn't notice any flavor change at all.

AmyJuli 04-21-2014 06:15 PM

I've never noticed a flavor at all.

MsKitty 04-21-2014 06:36 PM


I searched and on eHow ... but I found one of the instructions for use was this:
Use xanthan gum to stabilize sauces. Pan gravies or any sauce in which you use a fat or butter base can be stabilized with xanthan gums. These sauces tend to separate as they cool. Adding the xanthan gum delays that separation and gives the sauce a smoother flow. Add only a pinch of xanthan gum to the recipe, or the sauce will become too thick and have a bitter aftertaste.

Mr_Geiri 04-21-2014 07:56 PM

Yeah it being only a pinch doesn't leave much room for flavor.

The lack of starch will obviously change the taste if the original recipe has that... but no you don't really taste the xanthan gum. I once tasted it slightly but it was my first time using it and I used way too much of it (the sauce was like jello).

reptogirl 04-21-2014 10:56 PM

Welcome Scott- lots of helpful friendly ppl here :) by the way Kentucky is one of my favorite places to go. Eastern ky

cayenneman 04-22-2014 05:40 PM


Originally Posted by Arctic_Mama (Post 16884541)
I've not experienced any bitterness from xanthan gum, but it may well depend on the brand. I use Bob's Red Mill.

Thanks for the advice and the hospitality folks! I bought and used Bob's Red Mill Xantham Gum today and it is far superior what I bought from Amazon. No bitter taste. Tonight I grilled some wangs with a sugar free dry rub and made a low carb Brunswick Stew that contained low sugar BBQ sauce, pulled pork, okra, green beans, onion, and celery. This is for dinner and lunch for a few days. Hope you enjoy the pics and thanks for the help!

cayenneman 04-22-2014 07:18 PM

By the way, I just realized I've been spelling it Xantham, instead of Xanthan.

Mr_Geiri 04-22-2014 07:20 PM

That stew looks yummy!

Arctic_Mama 04-22-2014 08:46 PM

*drool*. Thank you for making my dinner look puny and lame by comparison ;)

rosethorns 04-22-2014 09:21 PM

I love food porn . Awesome lookin wangs!!!

lazy girl 04-23-2014 07:55 PM

Did you make your own dry rub? Can you give us a recipe or a source for that which you used?


buttoni 04-25-2014 09:53 AM

Is it lunchtime yet? I must be getting hungry. Your chicken looks scrumptious!

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