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Pectin plays a pivotal role in the creation of various culinary delights, especially gummies and jellies. Unlike its animal-derived counterpart gelatin, pectin provides a vegan-friendly alternative that still achieves the desired consistency and texture. Derived from fruits such as apples and citrus peels, pectin is a natural thickening agent. This versatile substance isn’t limited to just gummies or jellies; you can use it in a wide array of recipes, from jams to fruit preserves.

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Agitator bead mill for functional foods and flavors

Agitator bead mill for functional foods and flavors

Fine-grinding solid flavors to improve taste properties and integratio…

Vacuum tray dryer with clean-in-place system

Vacuum tray dryer with clean-in-place system

Cabinet tray dryers can be difficult to clean, making their use difficult for …

Basket extruder

Basket extruder

Low pressure extrusion for the production of slightly dispersed dust-free granulates. For shingled, highly poro…

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Choose to make either citrus or apple pectin

You can extract pectin from citrus fruits and apple pomace, which is the solid parts that remain after juice extraction. The fruit peels or pomace are first treated to break down the cell walls and release the pectin. This can be done through a combination of crushing, heating, and enzymatic treatment. After the extraction process you have to filter the mixture to remove solid particles and impurities, leaving behind a liquid solution rich in pectin.

Then you should trat it with alcohol, usually ethanol or isopropanol. This causes the pectin molecules to precipitate out of the solution and form a gel-like mass, which you can later wash to remove alcohol. To make it into a powder you have to dry it with spray or drum drying. And finally you can pack your product.

Use it as a sustainable alternative to gelatin

The natural origins of pectin, typically derived from citrus peels or apple pomace, align well with the growing consumer demand for sustainable and environmentally conscious food options. This not only enhances the appeal of your pectin-based products but also underscores their compatibility with ethical and eco-friendly food production practices.

Not just a thickening agent

Pectin’s utility extends beyond mere thickening. It acts as a versatile medium for culinary innovation, allowing you to infuse your products with an assortment of colors and flavors. Through the incorporation of food-grade additives, such as colorants and flavorings, you can transform pectin-based creations like gummies or jellies into visually appealing and palatable treats.

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