Pickle is a term that defines many different types of vegetables that are placed in a preservative and stored for a long period of time. The pickling process can help with the process of preserving and extending the lifespan of many types of vegetables and fruits. This can include pepperoncini, okra, asparagus, cucumbers, mango, etc. Pickle is popular in many countries around the world. Having pickles with food is a tradition in households across the world.
Listed here are a few popular types of pickles:
- Mango Pickle
- Carrot Pickle
- Onion Pickle
- Lime Pickle
- Chilly Pickle
- Beetroot Pickle
- Gooseberry Pickle
Pickles require a binding agent as well as preservatives to ensure they taste good and remain in a good state for a long period of time. That is where Guar Gum Powder comes. It is a natural binding agent and can also act as a preservative. Guar Gum Powder is derived from the endosperm of cluster beans. The seeds of this plant consist of the germ, endosperm and the husk. It is native to Asia and found in several tropical regions, like India, Pakistan, USA and Australia.
Important Stats & Facts
- Number of people consuming pickle in 2011 in the USA was 224.47 Million.
- In 2016, 233.32 Million people consumed (USA).
- The figure for number of people consuming pickle in the USA is expected to rise to 237.28 Million in 2019 and 238.59 Million by 2020.
- It is predicted that the pickle market will grow by a CAGR of 3.41% during the period between 2019 to 2024.
- North America has a major share of the pickle market.
- There is a high demand for pickle in the Asia-Pacific region as well.
- The most popular pickle is that made from fruits, this includes fruits like mango, peaches, pears, apples, etc.
- The pickle can be either sweet, salty or sour in taste.
- Sour & salty pickle (cucumber) will help in the process of weight loss.
- Antioxidants break if the fruits & vegetables are cooked, however, the process of pickling preserves them.
- Pickle has the ability to boost the antioxidants in the body since natural antioxidants are found in all fruits and vegetables.
Use of Guar Gum Powder in Pickle
There are many benefits of using Guar Gum Powder for pickles since it has several useful properties that make it vital when it comes to preparing pickle. Here are a few benefits listed below:
- It helps improve the free-flowing and reduce the separation between water and oil.
- It is dispensable in cold water, acid-resistant.
- A natural binding agent hence acts as a free water binder.
- It is safe to consume and also has several health benefits.
- Has the ability to increase shelf life.
- The pickle will retain the natural taste as well as look and feel.
- A vital preservative for pickle which is usually stored for a longer period of time.
Guar Gum Powder is a very good thickening agent, emulsifier and stabilizer. It has the ability to hydrate rapidly in cold water and attain very high viscosity even at low concentrations. It is easily soluble in hot and cold water however, it is not soluble in other organic solvents. The fact that it has strong hydrogen bonding properties makes it optimal for use in pickle. It also has several other useful properties like film-forming and shows resistance to oil, grease, and solvents. Its application in the food industry is widespread where it is used in the preparation of batter, in baking products, frozen foods as well as the meat industry.