Jun
5

Gum tragacanth, guar gum & arabica gum

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So many gum types.. actually I bought all three today, from Eazy Bake in Kota Permai, Penang on the way back to KL. (Thanks to Ten who mentioned this shop to me.) I am quite familiar with gum trag, gum arabic but not so with ‘guar gum’. But since I don’t know when I will ever pass the same way again, I bought all three types.

Gum tragacanth is normally used in gumpaste recipes. Gum arabic as I know it, is use to make edible glue. Just mix 1 part of gum arabic powder with 2 parts of water together, and you can keep this glue in a clear small bottle. Use to glue pieces in making your fondant cakes.

Guar gum - for now this gum will have to seat quietly on my kitchen shelf until I find a good use for it. I read from Baking911.com that it can be added in baking gluten-free breads. I hope I’ll find a recipe for the guar gum before it expires in 2009 :) .

Call me pathetic, the purchase of these gums are the highlight of my trip to Penang.

 

Yasmin says:

Hi Annette, sorry I dont sell anything else other than cakes now. So sorry. Thank you.

Annette Chong says:

Hello, I am from Kuantan, Pahang. I am looking for guar gum for dessert making. I found your website and wonder where will this product generally be sold? I have visited a baking supplier but they don’t know what this is. Can I buy this from your online store? I am looking for citric acid too.

I would appreciate your earliest response.

Thank you in anticipation.

Regards,

Annette xx

chemtotal says:

Nice information, there is not much quality information available about guar gum and gum arabic’s use.
thanks for the post. really helpful.

Min says:

Mas, thanks for the info. Sorry I tak jual gum trag.

Sarah, I usually use gold coloured pearl dust. Just mix with a few drops of lemon juice je. Or easy get the spray type. Ada in my online store.

Aida, bunga siap simpan dlm bekas biasa, lapik ngan tisu. Ada yg letak dlm laci-laci kecik plastik tu. Tahan lama, berbulan atau tahun. Tq.

aida says:

salam kak min,ape khbar?..saya pernah attend class kak min bln 12 thn lepas,saya nak tanya sikit,bunga yg dah siap dibentuk dr gumpaste ia baik disimpan mcm mana, dimana dan tahan berapa lama?

sarah says:

salam min, this is out of the topic but i’d just like to request for ur step-by-step guide to using gold lustre whenever u r using it in the future. The thing is…i’ve tried but the result ws frustrating. i’d be grateful if u could…thx

Mas says:

Min, just thought I jot down my 2 pennies worth. Guar gum, as far as I know, is used mostly in drilling activities i.e. drilling of soil. I am actually engineer (offshore soil engineer) by profession and we use this gum a lot to stabilise the soil while drilling…
But I also know that there are other uses of the gum like in cooking or face-mask (but don’t know how to…)
I love cooking and baking in my spare time and have got interested in cake decorating lately. Thought I try making the gum paste flowers. I wonder if you sell the Gum Tragacanth, or any other product to help make the gum paste. If you do, what is the price?
By the way, I find your site very nicely done.

Rgds,
Mas

Min says:

Mat, best nye buku tu Mat, byk info. Tkasih sekali lagi.

W3N, I am not sure about the fondant, they must sell them. I see they also have courses in making fondant cakes and all. Maybe you can call them. EAZY BAKE BAKING SUPPLIES, 118 JLN KOTA PERMAI, KOTA PERMAI, BM (TEL:045086628)

w3n says:

did they sell any fondant there??
coz actually i’m from penang n study at kl…
currently having holidayz so i am back to penang…
so…cant buy fondant from you…
moreover i don hav transport n not familiar with the location u’re in…

Ah Mat Gebu says:

Min…lupa nak bagi tau u, ada lagi satu kegunaan “gum arabic” tu….

GUM ARABIC GLAZE :-)
HOT WATER
GUM ARABIC

PROCEDURE :-)
MIX TOGETHER THOROUGHLY SUFFICIENT QUANTITIES OF BOTH TO FORM A PAINTING CONSISTENCY. PAINT ONTO COMPLETED MOULDED FLOWERS AND LEAVES TO CREATE A PORCELAIN EFFECT…

Harap dapat membantu yeaa….

Min says:

Kak Tun, yg mahal tu gum trag RM21.50 utk 100 gm.

Mat, thank you Mat for the recipe, tak sabar I nak buat. Nak buat yg kaler-kaler laa.. kita takde buku tu. Useful sungguh la resipi edible glitter ni, mesti ramai yg tak tau.

Val, thanks singgah.. ha’ah aku baru balik from Sg.Petani, ikut Zul outstation. Ni baru habis class sugarpaste tadi.

val says:

min bagus oh si ah mat gebu kan.tak lokek pengetahuan. anyway, u pi penang pulak.no wonder sunyi ja blog.i tot u bz mengajar.welcome back!

Ah Mat Gebu says:

salam mint…
Gum Tragacanth tu mesti yg mahal kan…Eh nak tanya u lah, u tau tak, “arabica gum” tu kuta boleh jadi kan edible glitter? (mungkin u dah tau….), mat pun baca melalui buku ” CAKE DECORATING WITH SUGARPASTE” by Sylvis Conward (u ada tak buku nih?)…kat situ ada resipi mcm mana nak buat edible glitter…mat kongsi dgn u yeaa.., mat copypaste je dari buku tu…

EDIBLE GLITTER:-)
50 ML HOT WATER
25 G GUM ARABIC

PROCEDURE :-)
1. POUR WATER INTO A BOWL AND SPRINKLE GUM ARABIC OVER. STAND THE BOWL IN HOT WATER, STIRRING GENTLY TO DISSOLVE.
2. STRAIN MIXTURE THROUGH A PIECE OF NYLON. BRUSH MIXTURE ONTO A CLEAN BAKING TRAY OR GLASS SURFACE AND PLACE IN A WARM OVEN (140C) UNTIL DRY.
3. BRUSH OR SCRAPE THE DRY GLITTER OFF THE TRAY AND CRUSH IN INTO FINE FLAKES. STORE THE GLITTER IN AN AIRTIGHT JAR.
4. GLITTER MAY BE COLORED BY ADDING COLORING TO THE WATER WHEN MIXING….

boxhousestudio says:

min gum apa yang mahal sampai rm21-50 tu…guar gum ke or tragacanth gum…tak berapa jelas tulisan di plastik tersebut la…min lagi kita berkecimpung dalam bidang kek mengekek ne…lagi memacam yang kita tak tahu dan kena ambil tahu..he he…syiok betui kan?..