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Old 04-21-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:47 PM   #2
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I've not experienced any bitterness from xanthan gum, but it may well depend on the brand. I use Bob's Red Mill.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:51 PM   #3
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I use the same brand and no bitterness. I put it in homemade ice cream and didn't notice any flavor change at all.
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:15 PM   #4
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I've never noticed a flavor at all.
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:36 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:56 PM   #6
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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).
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Welcome Scott- lots of helpful friendly ppl here by the way Kentucky is one of my favorite places to go. Eastern ky
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:40 PM   #8
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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!
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:18 PM   #9
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By the way, I just realized I've been spelling it Xantham, instead of Xanthan.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:20 PM   #10
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That stew looks yummy!
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:46 PM   #11
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*drool*. Thank you for making my dinner look puny and lame by comparison
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:21 PM   #12
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I love food porn . Awesome lookin wangs!!!
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Did you make your own dry rub? Can you give us a recipe or a source for that which you used?

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Old 04-25-2014, 08:53 AM   #14
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Is it lunchtime yet? I must be getting hungry. Your chicken looks scrumptious!
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