You can easily prepare konjac foods at home using the following simple recipe!
You can purchase pickling lime and glucomannan from:
Add 2 teaspoon of konjac flour (glucomannan powder) into water bath, then add two cups of water. Stir continuously and bring it to boiling. Keep boiling for about 3 min.
How to prepare the limewater
In a separate vessel, add 1/8 teaspoon of pickling lime into water. Mix well. This limewater is necessary to induce gel formation in glucomannan.
Add limewater into the boiling bath and continue stirring for about 5 minutes without taking it off the flame.
A thermally stable (non-reversible) gel is formed after the mixture is cooled down.
You can cut this gel into small pieces, dip in water or steam about 3-5 minutes and then cook in the way you like. You can add various vegetables and meat according to your preference,You can also add a flavored dressing and enjoy a calorie-free snack! Konjac foods can be fried, baked, stewed, braised and also used as a cold dressing with a sauce. =<
Commercial konjac foods can be made into many different styles and shapes, thread, ball, patch, hollow, cakes, noodles, slices, chips, tofu. Commercial konjac foods such as shirataki noodles or konnyaku can be found on some Asian super market.
You can also add glucomannan gel to soups, puddings, gravies etc for increasing the soluble fiber content of your regular diet!
What is Glucomannan?
The primary component of the konjac root is glucomannan, a soluble fiber consisting of glucose and mannose subunits. Glucomannan is a high molecular weight polysaccharide consisting primarily of mannose and glucose sugars and is a source of soluble dietary fiber.
Glucomannan is nature's most viscous soluble fiber, with the highest water holding capacity, and largest molecular weight among any dietary fiber.
What are konjac foods?
Konjac foods are made of glucomannan derived from the tuber (root) of konjac plant, which originated in China and Japan. Konjac foods has been used for more than 2,000 years in Japan as part of a healthy diet. In the United States konjac has been used as a thickening and gelling agent in processed foods for many years.
With konjac food in your diet, you can enjoy benefit of soluble fiber in your diet without adding any extra calories or undesirable colors or flavors. It is the ideal food for diabetes, heart disease, obesity and IBS.