(09-11-2009 02:46 PM)deannaintx Wrote: Thanks for the advice! Thicken Thin is a mixture of 4 different products, I guess I'd never get it right and would spend more to make my own, but 24 tsp for 15.00 seems so expensive. I guess that's what it costs, oh well
That's awfully expensive. Xanthan gum isn't cheap. I think I spent around $10 for my bag but I'm still on the first, or at most the second bag of it in all these years I've been low carb cooking. It lasts forever. I bought mine at Kroger too but I bet they'd have it at HEB if you have those near you. I've never seen a chart or anything like that which gives ratios of liquid to xanthan gum or comparing it to cornstarch, etc.
I tend to just start with about an 1/8 of a teaspoon and add another 1/8 if it's not enough. If I'm making a really big batch of something I might start with 1/4 teaspoon.
Although you can very slowly whisk xanthan gum into hot liquid, I think that the easiest way is to add it either to the dry spices, if there are any, or sprinkle it over the solids in the pot. For example, if I'm making sloppy joes, I will sprinkle it over and mix it into the ground beef before I add the tomato sauce. Doing it like that you don't need to be so careful and worry about it clumping. If there's already some liquid in the pot, such as with a stir-fry, I just push the solids off to one side of the pan and do the sprinkle and mix thing that way. Clumping doesn't seem to be a problem unless there's a lot of liquid.
Gravy is a bit more tricky because you will have to gradually whisk it in. Just remember that it takes a few minutes to fully thicken so don't be tempted to add too much at first. A small saucepan of gravy might only take about 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum.
Another good use for xanthan gum is in shakes and smoothies that are made in a blender. It helps keep the crushed ice suspended in the liquid for a much smoother, less icy, consistency. Before you start adding in the ice cubes, gradually sprinkle the xanthan gum through the top of the blender as it blends on high speed. Once it's all added start dropping in ice cubes one at a time. I use about 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum per blenderful. It really makes a huge difference.