Instant Clear Jel, 1 lb.

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  • 1 pound bag
  • A modified corn starch
  • Made for use in "cold" products like drinks and fresh strawberry pie glaze.
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Product Description

Instant Clear Gel is a modified corn starch is made for use in "cold" products like drinks and fresh strawberry pie glaze.

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  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00015UC52
  • UPC: 050647107662
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,831 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By UpperDown TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 15, 2011
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I cannot say how sorry I am that after 45 years of pie making, that I only discovered Clear Jel® this year. I consider myself a good cook, and my pie-making skills top notch, but I've had my fair share of pies turn out soupy or way too stiff with whatever I chose to thicken the filling with - flour, cornstarch, tapioca flour, arrowroot and others. Sometimes the amount I used was too much, sometimes too little, and leftover pies would "weep" in the refrigerator. I've made a half-dozen pies now using Clear Jel® for the thickener and, honestly, it seems to be foolproof. The first time I used it I made a picture-perfect marionberry pie that tasted as good as it looked. The filling didn't budge an inch after cutting the pie - it was firm without being stiff, with a soft and smooth mouth feel. Most important, not a single drop of juice ran. With no watery juice, the crust did not turn into a layer of purple mush; instead it remained a distinctly separate layer of flakey goodness. The vacant spots left on the pie plate after removing some slices were bare and dry - just a few crumbs from the crust. Where in the world has this stuff been all my life?

The "instant" variety of Clear Jel® thickens without cooking, but that's not to say you can't use it to thicken something that gets cooked, like a pie. The instant variety is great for making uncooked glazes for things like fresh strawberry pie, but when it's used to thicken a pie that is baked, it is designed for heating only one time (when it's baked), as it will start to break down with subsequent reheating (though I've taken the chill off a pie in the microwave oven with no problems at all).
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Eric in Hood River on August 28, 2012
This is great stuff. But it's not JUST for cold products. There are two types of Clear Jel, Instant and Regular, and they have different properties.
Regular, like normal cornstarch, thickens when heated and in contact with liquid, but it has less flavor and many consider it to produce a better texture. It can be mixed with a small amount of liquid and added to hot sauces or stir fry. It is very stable at room temperature, so it is ideal for canned products, including jams. It can be re-heated, so if a jam or pie filling is the wrong consistency it can be reheated and adjusted with additional water or Clear Jel. Importantly, like regular cornstarch, it breaks down when frozen after thickening. So you can bake with it, you can mix ingredients and freeze it, uncooked, but you can't bake it in a pie, then freeze the pie.
For that, Instant Clear Jel is the superstar. Instant thickens as soon as it comes in contact with liquid. To avoid clumping, you mix it with dry ingredients, typically sugar, before adding to the liquid. It holds up well to freezing, but not to re-baking. So it's perfect for thickening uncooked fruit, putting in an unbaked pie crust and freezing. I like it because you know the thickness immediately, and it keeps crusts from getting soggy. You can heat up a piece of pie in the microwave, but you can't bake it, freeze it, and re-bake it . . . and why would you want to? Instant is also great for freezer jam, because you can use fresh berries or peach without having to cook it, so you get a fresher taste. It's not as adjustable as regular, so you have to experiment with small batches to get the texture right, because you can't add in extra to thicken, unless you add it in with more sugar.
If you're looking for just a pound and can take advantage of free shipping, Amazon's price is good. If you want a few pounds but less than 5, it is cheaper to go to Barry Farms directly, because their shipping price goes down, but it is built into the price on Amazon.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gary Young on March 21, 2006
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Thank you for selling this product in a smaller size to allow customers to try it for the first time at a reasonable price. The Clear Jel came quickly in the mail and the quality fresh. It makes perfect homemade cashew mayonnaise - just the right consistency. Exactly what I was looking for.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TolkienFan on July 29, 2013
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Well, the butcher and the candlestick maker probably won't have any use for it..!!! But it you are one of the millions of home bakers who love to make pies, or cobblers, or maybe thicken fruit compotes, make gravies or pan sauces, or cold thickened sauces, soups, or deserts....you will probably like this product. I can think of quite a few other places to use it as well....or at least try it.

The first thing to realize is this is NOT a gelatin--it will NOT set up firm like jello. It is a thickening agent. Okay, I can hear you thinking, "...thickening agent?? What kind of a chemical mess is this??" Well, you don't have to be concerned about molecular gastronomy here. Instead, think FLOUR, or more precisely, STARCH. That is what this is. It is an instant product that works like flour, or corn starch, or tapioca flour to thicken liquids or broths or low viscosity solutions. It actually IS a pre-gelatinized form of starch from maize (corn). REMEMBER! This is the 'Instant' version of CLEAR JEL. You need to be aware that it is not the same as the 'regular' CLEAR JEL...see here: Clear Jel, 1 lb.... There are some differences in the products and in the functions of the products. The 'Instant' version (this version..) is pre-gelatinized...sort of pre-softened or prepared to accept liquid and will readily do so cold without much problem. Totally NOT like flour or regular corn starch. Another difference is that 'INSTANT' CLEAR JEL will immediately start the thickening process without heating. The starch granules start hydrating with the liquid and start swelling and thickening immediately upon being mixed into the liquid....which means it is sort of ideal for thickening COLD liquids! Pretty strange, Huh?
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