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Jan 26, 2011 04:03 AM

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...

          or xanthan as in this recipe...

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