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ISO Ice Cream Stabilizer in the Bay Area

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theSauce Apr 3, 2010 11:05 PM

Looking for ice cream stabilizer in the Bay Area. Any help would be appreciated.

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    SteveG RE: theSauce Apr 5, 2010 12:57 PM

    If soy lecithin qualifies, you can buy it at Rainbow Grocery in the lonely fridge in the supplements area.

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    Rainbow Grocery
    1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: theSauce Apr 5, 2010 01:24 PM

      Le Sanctuaire sells all sorts of gums and so on in relatively small quantities.

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      Le Sanctuaire
      315 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        John Doe RE: theSauce Apr 6, 2010 10:54 AM

        I also recommend Rainbow Grocery. But look in their bulk foods section, and you can get very small quantities of xanthan gum as well as guar gum (look for them in the big glass jars). Two very popular stabilizers for ice cream / gelato.

        Whole Foods also sells xanthan gum from Bob's Mill in 8 oz packages, which should last a lifetime for the home ice cream maker.

        Products sold as "ice cream stabilizer" as well as commercial gelato base powder usually contain one and/or the other gums mixed with sugar.

        A little bit goes a very long way. Experiment based on what flavor and what ratio of cream and milk you're using. As a general guideline, I'd say about 1/8 tsp is similar to about 1 large egg yolk, so use very sparingly or else you'll end up with a big gummy plasticy blob that will jam up your ice cream maker.

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        Rainbow Grocery
        1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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