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Iota Carrageenan, 200g

The term carrageenan originated from a coastal town in Southern Ireland, called Carrageen. In that town, many years ago, housewives simply boiled the seaweeds - Irish moss - to make jellies and puddings.

Today, carrageenan, a natural hydrocolloid, is a powder extracted from various species of red algae that are farmed and processed.

  • Makes soft, elastic gels which are freeze/thaw stable and unlike gelatine gels can be used as a glaze for semi fredo and parfaits.
  • Make crystal clear gels, perfect for topping mousses or flans.
  • Iota gels strengthen in the presence of calcium, making them perfect for use in milk based recipes.

Applications: Soft ambient gels. Milk based gels. Suspensions. Ice cream stabiliser.

Rate of hydration: Rapid

Comments: Clear gels with no bleeding of liquids. Gel is freeze/thaw stable. Gel is not heat stable. Forms gels most strongly with calcium salts, followed by potassium salts. (The reverse reactivities to Kappa Carrageenan).

Gel Strength: Soft, elastic gels

Colour: Cream powder

Solubility: Hot

Ph Solubility: 4.5 - 10

Doseage Rates: 0.2% - 2.0%

High melting temperature

Gelatine jellies have long been favoured because they melt at body temperature, giving a smooth mouth feel and easy release of flavours. However, if they are stored for a day or two, they toughen and are less pleasant to eat. Gels made from Iota Carrageenan have a high melting temperature, so they do not melt on hot days and do not require refrigeration to make them set, so these are advantages in hot weather or kitchens, and a further advantage is that they do not toughen on storage.

Orders received after 4pm will normally be processed on the next working day.


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Items marked Special Order are either out of stock or not routinely held in stock in our UK warehouse and will need to be ordered in.  Please contact us for information on lead times.

Some products not currently in stock may state a standard lead time, e.g. 2-3 weeks for non-stocked 100% Chef products.  In practice we are finding lead times for European imports can vary considerably at the moment, and it's always best to give us a ring to discuss.

UK Delivery
  • Delivery to most mainland UK addresses is £4.95 (+VAT), or free for MSK trade account holders
  • Delivery to Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and other non-mainland destinations is £9.95 for all customers.

All orders are sent using tracked courier services and should arrive next day in most cases (two days for Highlands & Islands etc). 

Delivery notifications and tracking information will normally be sent to the email address used to placed the order.

Please contact us if your order has not arrived after three days. All deliveries are geotagged and photographed which usually helps us locate your parcel.

Worldwide delivery

We deliver worldwide using DHL.  Due to the complexities of shipping to international destinations we may have to charge additional fees where the delivery region or size/weight of the order necessitates it.  We will always contact you to confirm these additional fees before we accept and process your order.

Please note the website does not calculate or charge local import taxes or customs duties for non-UK destinations.  You are liable for payment of these if they arise.

Returns and damaged goods

For businesses, all claims must be notified by phone or email within 24 hours. Damaged or incorrect goods must be retained and made available for collection or inspection. 

For individuals, you can cancel your order within 14 days of receipt as long as the item is unused and in a resalable condition.  For food ingredients this means the seal must not be broken (unless damaged in transit).  Please give us a ring or contact us by email to arrange a return.

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