How to make konjac foods (shirataki noodles or konnyaku) myself?
can easily prepare konjac foods at home using the following simple
A) 2 teaspoon of glucomannan
(which contains about 6 grams of soluble fiber.)
B) 1/8 teaspoon of
Pickling lime. Pickling lime is food
Food grade lime is mild alkali. Its
main component is calcium Hydroxide.
You can purchase pickling
lime and glucomannan from:
Wages brand Pickling lime
Add 2 teaspoon
of konjac flour (glucomannan powder) into water bath, then add two
cups of water. Stir continuously and bring it to boiling. Keep boiling
for about 3 min.
prepare the limewater:
In a separate vessel, add 1/8 teaspoon of pickling lime into water.
Mix well. This limewater is necessary to induce gel formation in glucomannan.
Add limewater into the boiling bath and continue stirring
for about 5 minutes without taking it off the flame.
A thermally stable (non-reversible) gel is formed after the mixture
is cooled down.
You can cut this gel into
small pieces, dip in water or steam about 3-5 minutes and then
cook in the way you like. You can add various vegetables and meat
according to your preference,You
can also add a flavored dressing and enjoy a calorie-free snack!
Konjac foods can be fried, baked, stewed, braised and also used as
a cold dressing with a sauce. =<
Commercial konjac foods can be made into many different styles and
shapes, thread, ball, patch, hollow, cakes, noodles, slices, chips,
tofu. Commercial konjac foods such as shirataki noodles or konnyaku
can be found on some Asian super market.
You can also add glucomannan gel to soups, puddings, gravies etc for
increasing the soluble fiber content of your regular diet!
What is Glucomannan?
The primary component of the konjac root is glucomannan, a soluble
fiber consisting of glucose and mannose subunits. Glucomannan is a
high molecular weight polysaccharide consisting primarily of mannose
and glucose sugars and is a source of soluble dietary fiber.
Glucomannan is nature’s most viscous soluble fiber,
with the highest water holding capacity, and largest molecular weight
among any dietary fiber.
What are konjac foods?
With konjac food in your diet, you can enjoy benefit of
soluble fiber in your diet without adding any extra calories or undesirable
colors or flavors. It is the ideal food for diabetes, heart disease,
obesity and IBS.
Konjac foods are made of glucomannan derived from the tuber (root)
of konjac plant, which originated in China and Japan.
Konjac foods has
been used for more than 2,000 years in Japan as part of a healthy
diet. In the United States konjac has been used as a thickening and
gelling agent in processed foods for many years.