Agar is the product of several species of seaweed. It is also known as agar-agar. In Japan, agar agar is referred to as kanten. Hundreds of years ago, the Japanese and Chinese learned how to freeze-dry and dehydrate the fern-like fronds of this seaweed and form them into kanten bars. These bars were used as gelatin.
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How to use Agar
- Break up kanten bars into pieces. Wash them and wring them out. Soak them in liquid for 30 minutes, then strain.
- If using flakes or agar agar powder, soften them in liquid. Dissolve 1 tbsp agar flakes or 1 tsp agar powder in 4 tbsp hot water or you should definitively follow the package directions and the recipe to determine which quantity to use.
- Dissolve agar agar in boiling water or broth.
- Moisten a glass bowl and allow the agar to set in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
- Serve agar in a glass bowl or cut it into slices or cubes.