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What is Kappa Carrageenan?

Kappa Carrageenan is a sulfated polysaccharide with typical structure of 1,3 linked galactose 4 sulfate with 1,4 linked 3,6-anhydro-D-galactose.  Kappa Carrageenan produces a brittle thermo reversible gel with a syneresis upon gelation.  While only soluble in hot solutions, Kappa Carrageenan is ideal for mixtures containing high sugar concentrations.  Typical applications include pie fillings, pizza and BBQ sauces, soups, ice cream, pasteurized milk products and infant formulas.

What does it do?

Kappa carrageenan creates a firm gel with a delicate texture that is applicable for both hot and cold preparations.

How does it work?

Kappa carrageenan is a hydrocolloid that works by controlling the anatomy of water molecules within a food.

How do I use it?

Kappa Carrageenan should be used at a concentration of between 0.5-2%. It can be dissolved into cold preparations but must then be heated to boiling point before being cooled. Gels made with kappa carrageenan will set between 30-60°C and will stay stable until they reach a temperature of 70-80°C at which point they will start to melt.  Gels and jellies made with kappa carrageenan are thermo-reversible so they can be reset if they are cooled again after heating, unlike gelatin and agar.

How do I get it?

To purchase kappa carrageenan, call AEP Colloids at 1-800-848-0658, fill out the form below, or request a free product sample.

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