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Fluid Gel

What is Fluid Gel?

A fluid gel is a cross between a sauce, gel and a puree. This is a controlled liquid which has properties of all three preparations. A fluid gel displays viscosity and fluidity at the same time, being thick yet still spreadable.

Fluid gels behave as solids when undisturbed, and flow when exposed to sufficient outside forces. It is used in many culinary dishes, where fluids need to be controlled and provides a rich, creamy texture.

A fluid gel is created with the use of a base liquid that can come from many different sources. It is commonly extracted from fruits and vegetables, taken from stocks or even pureed from certain ingredients.

A thixotropic gelling agent such as agar or gellan is then introduced to the liquid to create a gel. Once set, the gel is then exposed to shear stress, such as blending to break it down.

The longer the substance is exposed to stress and the more intense the outside stress, the more fluidity is gained. This will likewise create a finer consistency in the fluid gel. These can be served either hot or cold since many gelling agents used for such preparations can be stable under high temperatures.

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