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Making Homemade Marshmallows

Can pectin be substituted for gelatin in a marshmallow recipe? Most marshmallow recipes seem to call for gelatin.

I personally don't have a problem with using gelatin but if I am preparing them for others, I am sure I'll come across someone who might object to the use of gelatin and I just want to know if there's a substitute for it that works the same or similar.

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  1. I haven't actually tried it, but from reading, my understanding is that you can't use pectin or agar. I think you can use marsh mallow, but I imagine that isn't too easy to find.

    1. I made home made marshmallows only once in my life.
      I found them very delicious but time consuming and a major effort.

      1. I would do a search for vegan marshmallows. I don't have any experience making them, but I'm sure others do and have written about it.

        1. I've made marshmallows many times and find the process a lot of fun, not to mention tasty! However, I've never used anything but gelatin. But you can definitely use agar flakes as in this recipe...
          http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/...

          or xanthan as in this recipe...http://tastytrifles.blogspot.com/2009...

          1. Looks like that's a softer fluff version. If you look at the picture, they are goey and not like normal homemade marshmallows.