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Signature Secrets?

colinwhipple's picture

Signature Secrets?

KA has a recipe for Fruitcake that has a ingredient called Signature Secrets Culinary Thickener.

I looked at the Signature Secrets website and it looks like the smallest container it is sold in is a one gallon jug, which sounds like a lot more than I would use in a couple of years.

Does anyone have experience with this?  It looks like cornstarch might be the closest substitute.


nbicomputers's picture

instant clear gel

is a modifed starct that will thicken upon contact with liqued no cooking required it frezzs well and is very stable. it is used in instant puddings and other types of fillings.  it also works well in a high acid enviorment.

from the product specs this is a meven more modified version there are places that will sell it in bulk or 1 pound bags by mail.

one place is i think it is about 3.50 per pound a high price but in bulk it comes in 100 pound bags but it is less than 1.50 a pound that way

saintdennis's picture

Dolf I was looking on the web and saw there very nice your "Dutch Regale's Almomd/Rum Stollen" please, can you give me that recipe for that rum stollen or tell me wher I can get it?? 

                       Thank  You


sharonanne's picture

Signature Secrets' culinary thickener is more a kin to the thickening quality of flour, as opposed to it's close "cousin" Instant ClearJel, which is more a kin to cornstarch.

These two are closely related, in that they are both COLD-SWELLING thickening agents, in that neither [require] cooking to thicken. Both are made from maze, and by the same manufacture. Both are freezer stable - which chefs, and home cooks alike, LOVE!

I like Signature Secrets for cooking. I love Instant ClearJel for baking, both can be interchangeable - in many instances - with slightly different end results.

I definitly use ICJ much of the time, but I can HIGHLY recommend purchasing the the Signature Secrets too. Do note that King Arthur sells both products in 8-oz packages.

The shelf-life recommendation is 2 years, for either product, however I've purchased in bulk - and personally had good results thereafter.


Sharon Anne