Carrageenan, a natural hydrocolloid, is a powder extracted from various species of red algae that are farmed and processed.
Carrageenan, a natural hydrocolloid, is a powder extracted from various species of red algae that are farmed and processed. There are three fractions of carrageenan: kappa, iota, and lambda. Kappa carrageenan is used when a firm, rigid gel is desired. Iota carrageenan forms elastic and water retentive gels. Lambda carrageenan, on the other hand, has no gelling properties, but can produce the highest water viscosities among all the other carrageenan fractions.
It is a common ingredient in many foods and gel-like products, and even has applications in biochemistry. Carrageenan is nearly identical to agar, another substance derived from several different species of red algae.
Carrageenansare widely used in the food，plant culture, cosmetics industry as a suspending and emulsifying stabilizer, thickener, binder and gelling agent. The outstanding properties of this product make it a very versatile ingredient.
· Dairy Desserts (like gelled milks, flans, multi-layered desserts, mousses)
· Ice Cream
· In combination with guar gum, locust bean gum and alginates
· Powder Products:
· Dessert, Custard and Bakery Creams
· Homemade Flans
· Water Gel Desserts, Glazings
· Stabilization of Chocolate Drinks and Creams
Meat & Fish
· Injections (hams, poultry)
· Canned Foods (in combination with locust bean gum for human and pet food)
· Fat Reduction (hamburgers)
Other, non-food items, like toothpaste, personal lubricants, and air freshener gels may also include carrageenan. It serves the same function as it does in foods — to thicken and stabilize the product, and make it smoother. Some types of fire fighting foam also use carrageenan, which thickens the foam and helps it become sticky and more effective. In chemistry, gels made with it can be used to carry microbes or immobilize cells.
Storage conditions:Temperatures below 25°C, relative humidity lower than 75%, and an odorless place.
Shelf life: In the above storage conditions, 24 months with package intact.
Package: Paper-plastic compound bag with net weight of 25kg, or in accordance with client’s requirement.