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Granular lecithin

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Hoyden

Granular lecithin

This might seem fairly obvious to everyone else, but I was kind of surprised by it, so I'll share it for all the people that are as challenged as I am.

I was trying to find an alternate source for granular lecithin because I didn't want to pay shipping costs from King Arthur Flour . . .

Anyway, people use it as a nutritional supplement so you can buy it from vitamin and health food stores.  I got some at Whole Foods today.  It was cheaper than KA and it comes in a canister which is nicer is my pantry than the bag was.

I'm so pleased.

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siuflower

which aisle?

 

siuflower

Hoyden's picture
Hoyden

I found it at Whole Foods in the aisle with the powdered nutritional supplements, things like whey protein etc.  The brand I got was NOW foods.  I think Amazon carries it too.

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Lansones

I thought soy lecithin (I have the granular) was used to soften breads and cookies?  

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Norcalbaker

emulsification the different ingredients stay together.  That in turn slows deterioration of the whole.  So while lecithin isn't an actual food preservative, it does offer some preservative like benefits.  But it's an emulsifier.  And it's used in a plethora of applications, from baked goods to ice cream, to face cream to shampoo.