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How do I make homemade marshmallows drier?

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Eat.Choui Jun 20, 2012 08:35 PM

I made marshmallows from David Lebovitz's site and they were tasty, but they were more moist and soft than the packaged ones that I'm used to. It was the first time for me making marshmallows. I thought maybe if I let it sit out unwrapped, they would dry out a bit. Instead, they got stickier. I talked to my coworkers and they said it is the nature of marshmallows to be a bit moist and spongier than the packaged ones.

I'm still hoping there is a way to make them drier and a bit firmer. Anyone have suggestions/advice on how I go about this? Thank you in advance!

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    sandylc Jun 20, 2012 08:51 PM

    What is the humidity where you are? It might make a difference.

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      Eat.Choui Jun 20, 2012 09:23 PM

      I live two block away from the beach . . .

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        sandylc Jun 20, 2012 09:30 PM

        You are so lucky!

    2. ipsedixit Jun 20, 2012 09:08 PM

      Did you use a candy thermometer? It may be off, which would mean your syrup did not get hot enough.

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        Eat.Choui Jun 20, 2012 09:31 PM

        I did use a candy thermometer, but I have not checked it for acuracy. I'll do that. If I cook the syrup hotter than the suggested 245 degrees, would the marshmallows be even firmer and drier?

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          ipsedixit Jun 20, 2012 09:39 PM

          Yup.

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        Eat.Choui Jun 20, 2012 10:47 PM

        Thank you! I'll report back

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