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Old 07-13-2013, 01:07 PM   #1
 
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Default Can someone link me to a simple okra gel recipe?

I keep hearing about this new-fangled okra gel, and I'm dying to try it. I've done the searches, and the only thing I've been able to find are a few really complicated recipes with marshmallow root and vitamins and citric acid and the like. Can someone link me to a simpler (cheaper) recipe for okra gel please? Thanks so much.
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Okra gel....it's THAT good!!!!
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I revised this to make it the most basic recipe for this post.

I used frozen okra, whole or sliced (I've now done both).

I added 1 1/2 Cups okra to a pot of 2 1/2 cups distilled water. Cooked on med-low for 15 mins. Raised heat to medium and cooked another 15 minutes- it was at a low boil this last 15. Raised heat to med-high and let boil hard for 5 more. Total cooking time 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. ShellyRN low boils for 30.

I strained the liquid with a mesh strainer and added 1/2 t of xanthan gum (thickener required!)to thicken, and mixed with an immersion blender. If you want it thicker, add more slowly. I like mine more runny.

This yielded about 1 1/2-2 cups

I let it cool a few minutes, then whisked in these add-ins;

3/4 t agave nectar (for hold- available @ grocery store, in the sugar aisle)
1/2 t grape seed oil (any oil except coconut will work)
10 drops fragrance oil (you can use any fragrance or essential oil for scent)

**ADD PRESERVATIVE (IF DESIRED)- if you do not use preservative, keep a small portion refrigerated for immediate use, and freeze the rest.

Done!
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I revised this to make it the most basic recipe for this post.

I used frozen okra, whole or sliced (I've now done both).

I added 1 1/2 Cups okra to a pot of 2 1/2 cups distilled water. Cooked on med-low for 15 mins. Raised heat to medium and cooked another 15 minutes- it was at a low boil this last 15. Raised heat to med-high and let boil hard for 5 more. Total cooking time 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. ShellyRN low boils for 30.

I strained the liquid with a mesh strainer and added 1/2 t of xanthan gum (thickener required!)to thicken, and mixed with an immersion blender. If you want it thicker, add more slowly. I like mine more runny.

This yielded about 1 1/2-2 cups

I let it cool a few minutes, then whisked in these add-ins;

3/4 t agave nectar (for hold- available @ grocery store, in the sugar aisle)
1/2 t grape seed oil (any oil except coconut will work)
10 drops fragrance oil (you can use any fragrance or essential oil for scent)

**ADD PRESERVATIVE (IF DESIRED)- if you do not use preservative, keep a small portion refrigerated for immediate use, and freeze the rest.

Done!
Thanks! I have a couple questions.
Would corn starch work as a thickener? And is agave nectar a humectant?
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Is okra gel easy to strain? Also, whenever I make flax seed gel, it always smells terrible. Does okra gel smell bad?
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Thanks! I have a couple questions.
Would corn starch work as a thickener? And is agave nectar a humectant?
Xanthan gum is a film former so can encourage the cuticle to lay flat and has light hold of its own, it's gummy or jelly like. You should be able to get it in a grovcery store.
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Corn starch will thicken but not film form and potentially dull your hair. If you use dry shampoo you wipe or brush the excess out, right?

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Is okra gel easy to strain? Also, whenever I make flax seed gel, it always smells terrible. Does okra gel smell bad?
Check out the links I posted earlier to see how the gel behaves.
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Is okra gel easy to strain? Also, whenever I make flax seed gel, it always smells terrible. Does okra gel smell bad?
Yes and yes. I don't think FSG smells terrible. I'd describe the aroma of okra gel as "earthy." I add EO's to both, so they smell good.
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Thanks! I have a couple questions.
Would corn starch work as a thickener? And is agave nectar a humectant?
Corn starch will work, but I would try xanthan gum- it's readily available at grocery or health food stores.

Agave is a humectant, but is added to provide hold.

If you're sensitive to glycerin, like I am, I never have an issue with agave.
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Hi Chloe! If you were going to buy some frozen okra from the grocery store, which would you buy: whole or sliced and why, if you don't mind me asking?

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Hi Chloe! If you were going to buy some frozen okra from the grocery store, which would you buy: whole or sliced and why, if you don't mind me asking?

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Sliced! I've used the whole too, but then I sliced it, so now I just buy the pre sliced.
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K, the frozen okra is now in the freezer

When you add the xanthum gum at the end, do you mix it seperately with a bit of cold water first so it doesn't clump? I don't have an immersion blender.
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K, the frozen okra is now in the freezer

When you add the xanthum gum at the end, do you mix it seperately with a bit of cold water first so it doesn't clump? I don't have an immersion blender.
I started to mix all of my thickeners with water prior to adding them to keep them from clumping. I found that they would be lumpy, even with an immersion blender, if I didn't.
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K, the frozen okra is now in the freezer

When you add the xanthum gum at the end, do you mix it seperately with a bit of cold water first so it doesn't clump? I don't have an immersion blender.
I started to mix all of my thickeners with water prior to adding them to keep them from clumping. I found that they would be lumpy, even with an immersion blender, if I didn't.
KM- I tried that once and ended up with one huge blob I couldn't get to mix in. I've been having great luck with sprinkling in Tiny amounts at a time while the mix is still really hot, just after straining.
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Thanks ladies

Is that a problem only with xanthum gum, when you mix it with a bit of water first?
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Is that a problem only with xanthum gum, when you mix it with a bit of water first?
I've had a problem with Hydroethylcellulose and guar gum, too.
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So I got some fresh okra from someone at work and I am wondering if this would work as well. I want to grab the other ingredients from the grocery store if possible but I am not sure where to look for the xanthum gum. I have seen the agave with sweetners so I will get that too. Any EOs better than others or is it personal preference? Any other grocery store add ins that anyone would recommend for high humidity?
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I bought my xanthan gum at the health food store, so I haven't looked for it at the grocery. EOs are your preference- they help mask the smell. I actually use fragrance oils instead, purchased on amazon.

Iherb has lots of goodies for DIY gels including marshmallow root, xanthan gum, etc.
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Thank you! What all should I get if I just order from iherb?
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