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Also known as
Carboxy methyl cellulose
CMC (Carboxy methyl cellulose) is a food additive used as a thickening, emulsifying, anti-caking, and preservative agent; an emulsifying agent for oils, waxes, and solvents .GMS and CMC (Carboxy methyl cellulose) are compounds used for stabilizing ice creams and are available in specialty food stores or bakeries. CMC is a well known emulsifying agent which is extensively used by the modern food stuffs industries. CMC is largely used in baking preparations to add "body" to the food. It is responsible for giving ice cream and whipped cream its smooth texture. It contains both water & oil soluble groups in one molecule. This characteristic structure enables it to be a very effective emulsifier. It is non toxic & therefore very suitable for use in food formulation. It belongs to the class of non ionic emulsifiers.
How to select
Read the expiry date before buying CMC powder.
· The most common culinary use of CMC powder is in ice cream industry. The Method of incorporation is to make a stock mixture of CMC. in water and then adding to the ice cream mix.
· CMC is used in bakery products like breads and cake preparation. The use of CMC gives loaf a much improved quality at a reduced cost to the baker.
· CMC give cakes of good volume. The optimum concentration to be used will depend on the receipt. But in most cases about 3-4% on the weight of flour is adequate They are more tender & keep their freshness longer.
· CMC is suggested as an emulsifier in producing high quality Biscuits. Due to CMC, fat disperses uniformly in the dough and hence CMC improves the release of the dough from the moulds and cutters to achieve well-shaped biscuits without any distorted edges. It can help to reduce consumption of egg yolk or fat used in making biscuits, thus achieving economy.
· Use of CMC. in the candy preparation, ensures smooth dispersion in flavour oils, improves texture & quality. They are used in chewing gums, margarines and peanut butter as emulsifier.
How to store
Store CMC powder in an air tight container. You may also place it in the refrigerator to increase the shelf life.
There are no substantial health benefits associated with CMC powder.
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