Name: N-Zorbit M (tapioca maltodextrin)
Colour: white coloured very fine, light dust
Flavour: none to slightly sweet flavour
E number: no E number
What is it?
Tapioca maltodextrin is starch extracted from cassava (also known as manioc, yuca and tapioca-root).
Where does it come from?
Tapioca is one of the purest forms of starch food.
N-Zorbit M is a specific type of tapioca maltodextrin. it is derived from tapioca starch using natural enzymatic process and is made to have a very low bulk density. This means it is very light. It dissolves completely when in contact with any aqueous medium (i.e. liquid). The production process is protected by a world wide patent.
How is it used?
This is primarily used to increase the volume of dry mixes and frozen foods. It can also stabilise high-fat ingredients, this transforms them into powders.
The main role for this premium product in food production is to increase the volume of dry ingredients without changing the flavour profile.
How is it used in molecular gastronomy?
This product is used to achieve a sand-like texture using high-fat ingredients. Heston Blumenthal uses this in his “Sounds of the sea” dish.
Fats should be liquefied, chilled, and mixed with a starting ratio of 2 parts fat to 1 part tapioca maltodextrin. Blend together mixing by hand or using a food processor. Add more tapioca maltodextrin until desired result achieved. Pass through a sieve for a fluffier result.
Where can I buy it?
You can buy it right now from here.