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Agar-agar Press

Display: Global Gastronomy
Culinary Technique: extrusion

Date: 20th Century

Location: Japan

Made from seaweeds, agar-agar is useful in many industries. A colorless, odorless gel, it can stabilize and thicken jellies, ice cream, and cake icings; clarify wine and beer; and be used as a vegetarian gelatin. The pusher stick presses the agar-agar against the wire grid to form and expel narrow threads. In Japan, tokoroten, a snack made of such noodles, is served with sweet or vinegar dressing.