Unlimited uses of agar powder in food industries as gelling, thickening and stabilizing agents.
WATER GEL DESSERTS
Has been the biggest market for water gel products especially for Asia countries that like to have the unique texture of water gel desserts from agar ranging from firm to soft texture pudding products.
a popular hydrocolloid in making a firm and clean-cut / non-sticking jelly candies in some countries that like to have less chewy and easy-to-bite jelly candies. Agar is a good substitute in vegan gummy bear type candies
PASTRY AND BAKERY
Has been used for gluten-free recipes in baking to keep the shape of bread. Also used for filling in some products. Also icing and glazing using agar will stand better with its unique high melting point and make it stable up to 80 oC before it started to melt. Agar has been used in replacing animals-based hydrocolloid for vegan products.
it has a good synergy with milk for dairy products and thus many good cheese and yogurt products resulted from using agar in the products.
as agar is heat stable, it provide thicker soup products and viscosity of soup products remain stable compare to other common starches used that tends to liquify when continuously stirred to cool down soups.
Good for high heat pasteurization / sterilization in autoclave and provide stable products.
Agar has been also used as natural laxative and source of natural high dietary fibre from the sea.
Cleaner label as no calcium nor potassium salt required to be added to form gel. Agar has a high gelling point that it can gel at room temperature without any refrigeration.