Ultra Gel is an instant thickener made from a waxy variety of corn. It disperses easily and provides a sheen, clarity, and smoothness to products it is used in. Try it in soups, sauces, and gravies, fresh fruit desserts, baked items, and diet-specific foods.
Starches like Ultra Gel™ are used commercially in an incredible number of applications. Modified food starches make gravies, soups and sauces smooth and attractively colored. Ultra Gel™ will not add color to your food; it becomes clear as it thickens.
Sauces made with Ultra Gel™ will not set up or separate like traditional cornstarch-thickened sauces. You can truly enjoy refrigerated or frozen meals made to your family's exacting standards! And because you make it fresh, you can avoid the additives and preservatives essential to commercially prepared products.
Ultra Gel™ is also EASY!
If you like the idea of mixing a thickener into soups, gravies or sauces straight from the container without having to make a "thickening" that may or may not be smooth, Ultra Gel™ is for you.
If you like the flexibility of being able to adjust the thickness of a product at any point of preparation, Ultra Gel™ is for you.
Too thick? Add a little more liquid. Too thin? Add a little more Ultra Gel™.
Ultra Gel™ is a real boon to those who are concerned about health. It improves the texture of many reduced-fat products and allows "jams" to be made with very small amounts of sugar. It is particularly well suited for instant fruit glazes and fresh fruit pie fillings.
Ultra Gel™ will begin to swell as soon as it is added to liquid, so the starch granules must be dispersed to prevent lumping. Be sure to add Ultra Gel™ gradually, stirring with a wire whisk. You don't need to remove vegetables or meat first. If it looks like lumps are forming, keep stirring! They will usually stir out. Next time add the Ultra Gel™ a little slower.
For better results, add Ultra Gel™ before hot liquids reach a boiling temperature. Ultra Gel™ disperses easier in cooler liguids.
UtraGel™ Conversion Guidlines
UltraGel™ Nutrition Facts
|Serving Size: 1 T (4g) Servings per container: 81 (apprx. for 11.7 oz container)
Amount per serving
|Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
|Total Fat 0.5g
|Total Carbohydrate 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Ultra Gel offers quality and convenience in so many ways! See how Ultra Gel can make your life easier!
Salad dressings and dips made with your own fresh ingredients and Ultra Gel® have a rich, creamy consistency without preservatives, artificial ingredients, or other additives. Most commercial salad dressing mixes contain large amounts of monosodium glutamate, which can affect those who are sensitive to it or have high blood pressure. Homemade dressings and dips are real money savers, costing about one-fourth as much as commercially prepared mixes and products, and there's no need for an emergency trip to the store, since you probably keep most of the ingredients on hand.
Ultra Gel® makes possible flavorful salad dressings and dips that are thick and creamy, yet are low in fat and calories. When compared to a traditional ranch dressing, up to 1/2 the amount of mayonnaise (at 100 calories per T.) can be replaced with buttermilk (at 100 calories per cup), a difference of 755 calories per pint!!! And it tastes great!!! The fat content can be reduced even more by using low-fat mayonnaise.
Nothing says "fresh" quite as well as fresh, flavorful fruit at the peak of the season. Whether it's strawberries in June, navel oranges in December, or bananas all year round, fresh fruit is always available for fruit salads and fruit plates. Fruit salads and dips made from Ultra Gel® stay smooth and creamy, even when refrigerated, and the quality of the fruit is never compromised. Strawberries stay firm. Even apples and bananas remain white when they are lightly coated with a thickened mixture of fruit juice to prevent browning.
Fruit salads containing whipped cream are no longer a problem either, since Ultra Gel® keeps the cream from separating or going watery. And your favorite fluffy fruit salads can even be frozen, for delightful chilled summer salads.
Fruit dressings made with Ultra Gel® thicken instantly, eliminating cooking and cooling time. Best of all, the fruit retains its natural flavor and nutrition without large amounts of added sugar or other sweeteners. Even rich, creamy fruit dips can be made with little added sugar or fat.
Ultra Gel® is great for sauces and gravies! It adds no flavor of its own, so there's no need to worry about the taste of "raw" flour or cornstarch. Gravies and sauces are easy to make and lump-free, even for the beginner. And since mixtures don't need to boil in order to thicken, the chance of scorching delicate milk dishes is eliminated. Sauces become quick and easy and the variety is endless!
Many people shy away from gravies and sauces, assuming they are high in fat. Traditionally this has been the case, since the thickening is provided by cooking flour with butter or margarine to form a roux. Unfortunately, two tablespoons of fat per cup of gravy can add 22 grams of fat, making a cup of homemade cream sauce contain as much as 30 grams of fat!
One of the main advantages of Ultra Gel® is that sauces and gravies can be made with virtually no fat at all!
Ultra Gel® really shines in soups and stews! A little Ultra Gel® gives a broth soup more body. Cream soups and stews maintain a good quality when refrigerated or frozen and much of the fat can be eliminated.
Another major advantage is that the amount of thickening can be adjusted easily. Soups and stews are not an exact science, for in the long cooking time more or less evaporation can take place according to the type of cookware used and the heat maintained, resulting in more or less broth to thicken. Ultra Gel® makes it easy to adjust to your liking -- the soup doesn't even have to be boiling. When the soup or stew is ready to be thickened, just stir in the Ultra Gel® according to the recipe. If it isn't thick enough a few minutes later, stir in a little more. If it's too thick, add a little broth, water, or milk according to your recipe.
Ultra Gel® is used in main dishes, particularly soups, sauces, gravies, and casseroles for two main reasons. The first, and most obvious, is an improved appearance and texture. The second is less obvious, but perhaps even more vital. Products made with flour or traditional corn starch set up very rigidly upon cooling and often separate or curdle when reheated. Most people do not consider these to be acceptable products for even short-term storage in the refrigerator or freezer. Food items made with Ultra Gel® can be refrigerated or frozen while maintaining the original quality . In a world of convenient "make-ahead" foods, stability during storage is imperative!
The introduction of Ultra Gel® for home use is a breakthrough in preparing convenience foods that accommodate the preferences and dietary needs of family members. The concept of "cooking for a whole month" is now possible without sacrificing quality!
Ultra Gel® also accommodates family members with special dietary needs, particularly low-sugar or low-fat diets. It is easy to become frustrated with the high cost of purchasing convenience foods that meet these needs, especially when the product is often bland and flavorless. Ultra Gel® makes possible gravies and soups that are virtually fat-free, total control over sodium content and sugar content, and the taste and quality that only come from "homemade."
Ultra Gel® combines quality with convenience. A real timesaver, it gets you out of the kitchen fast with time- and pot-saving shortcuts. What are you waiting for?
Quick breads have always been a family favorite, especially when the bananas in the cupboard get a little too ripe or the six pumpkins you planted turn out to be zucchini! In the past few years there has been a gradual change in our expectations of muffins and quick breads. We are seeing exciting new flavors and textures that more closely resemble cakes than the bland-flavored, pebbly-topped muffin of the past. And they are taking center stage as a dessert or snack, rather than a meal accompaniment. Ultra Gel® is added to quick breads and muffins to give a fine, even texture and moist crumb.
The commercial industry uses modified food starches and gums in reduced fat products, maintaining the texture and flavor we have come to expect. Many of the quick breads made with Ultra Gel® are lower in fat, and much lower in sugar than a cake or other dessert. But the flavor is all there!
Ultra Gel® in yeast doughs (especially those with little sugar or fat) makes them raise faster and brown better with a soft, chewy texture. And nothing beats Ultra Gel® jams as a filling for sweet rolls. Since they don't thin when heated, the filling stays put and doesn't spread all over the baking sheet or the oven!!!
Ultra Gel® can be used in any dessert that requires thickening: pie fillings, puddings, refrigerator desserts, ice cream, or other special treats. One advantage, however, is that it is an instant starch and requires no cooking or cooling, reducing preparation time substantially. It also makes possible the use of aspertame, since the mixture doesn't need to boil to thicken.
Microwave heating of Ultra Gel® puddings and sauces is simple! Since the product is already thick, it doesn't need to be stirred as frequently to avoid lumping.
Baked pie fillings made with Ultra Gel® cut well with a fresh, clear flavor and no pasty aftertaste. They don't weep or change in consistency, either -- the crust stays crisp and flaky and the filling remains tender. Best of all, the oven stays clean!
The FDA has strongly cautioned against using raw eggs in products such as homemade ice cream. Ultra Gel® eliminates the need for eggs in ice cream mixtures, as well as the need for cooking them before freezing. The result is a superior quality product that doesn't form large ice crystals when stored in the freezer.
Eggs can also be eliminated from pumpkin and other custard pies, significantly reducing dietary cholestrol.
Whether you want a perfect ending to a perfect meal, or just a snack for your sweet tooth, it's only minutes away with Ultra Gel®!
Ultra Gel® is often used in baked goods to make them more tender and moist. Instead of using additional flour in a cookie recipe that spreads on the cookie sheet, try adding a small amount of Ultra Gel® (about 1 1/2 T. per cup of flour). It will absorb the excess moisture without making the cookies dry or tough. Since Ultra Gel® doesn't reach maximum viscosity for about 5 minutes, let the dough rest before rolling it out or adding extra flour. Ultra Gel® also alleviates the need for a long refrigeration period to make cookie doughs easy to handle.
Ultra Gel® often replaces part of the flour in cakes and tortes. Since Ultra Gel® is made from corn it adds no gluten like wheat flour does. The result is a fine-textured product with a moist, tender crumb.
Have you ever wondered how the commercial industry is able to produce reduced fat cakes and cookies that are still edible? This is another secret to using food starches and gums. Small amounts of these non-traditional thickeners combine with other ingredients to give the product a light texture and improve browning, the very reasons fats are added to baked products. After all, how much flavor does shortening contribute?
To reduce the fat in your own baked recipes, substitute half of the fat with milk and add about 1 1/2 T. Ultra Gel® per cup of flour. If the recipe calls for butter or margarine, a little butter flavoring will perk up the flavor.
One of the best applications of Ultra Gel® is for jams and preserves. Pectin jams have long held a fascination since nobody is ever sure exactly how they will turn out. They require a specific proportion of acid (occurring either naturally in the fruit or added with lemon juice), pectin (some of it natural, some
from a box), and sugar. People in little white lab coats with a lot of fancy equipment figure all this stuff out.
Unfortunately, they have to work on averages, so your jam may or may not set up the same, and there's really no way of knowing or making changes. And there's absolutely no way to cut down on the sugar because it just won't work! And besides that, pectin is expensive!
If you want a low-sugar jam where you can taste the fruit and not just the sugar and you don't mind a soft jam, you will find Ultra Gel® a godsend. It doesn't depend on scientific proportions to work, so you sweeten and thicken to your own liking. There are several advantages to this besides the obvious ones: The amount of light corn syrup in a freezer jam may be reduced when less sugar is used because the sugar dissolves easier with less crystallization. There is also no need to heat freezer jams, since there is less sugar to dissolve.
Another advantage of using Ultra Gel® instead of pectin is the flexibility. If you want a jam thicker, stir in more Ultra Gel®. If you want it thinner, use more fruit or juice. Also, Ultra Gel® jams may be made from any type of fruit mixture desired. For this reason, many people like to freeze fresh crushed fruit to combine with other fruits later in the season for unique flavor combinations.
A word of caution: Be sure to process all cooked jams in a water bath canner the specified period of time! It takes more time for heat to penetrate an Ultra Gel® thickened product, so don't try to skimp on the processing time.
Ultra Gel® is especially suitable as a thickener in canned products. Since it remains stable at high temperatures, pie fillings, sauces, etc. don't separate, thin, or become pasty during processing. For this reason, the type of starch contained in Ultra Gel® is used in recipes approved by the USDA for preserved pie fillings.
Ultra Gel® is also useful when preparing salsas and other sauces for home canning. No more "simmer for three hours until reduced by half!" It reduces the length of cooking time substantially, allowing foods to retain more color, nutrition and flavor, and is a real time-saver.
Tomato products tend to separate during processing, even after long periods of simmering. The addition of Ultra Gel® prevents this, resulting in a smooth, thick texture and improved appearance.
It is very important to follow processing times carefully when using starch in canned products. Since the initial product is thicker, the processing time must be longer to make sure the entire mixture reaches the temperature necessary to ensure safety.
If you have a favorite recipe for a tomato based product such as salsa, barbecue sauce, chili sauce, etc., be sure to double check it with an approved source (such as your County Extension Office) to be sure it
follows recent guidelines. Then substitute Ultra Gel® for any other thickeners (cornstarch or flour) according to the conversion chart. Be sure the starch is added at the end of the cooking period. When the starch is added near the first, the product will scorch more easily and it is more difficult to ensure the proper cooking times and temperatures.