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Binding agents
Binding agents  are used with other ingredients  to  maintain food texture  and shape. All purpose  flour and  eggs are some of the most popular food binders. Their role is to improve and maintain food texture. Binding agents  can be natural such  as eggs, gelatin or  starches  like  corn starch and arrowroot
or synthetic like xanthan gum or  guar gum. These  agents contribute to  the  texture ,consistency and stability of  dishes  ensuring that  ingredients stay together  and  create a harmonious  final  product. They can thicken sauces  , emulsify dressings , stabilize ice-creams and  bind ingredients in baking  making them  indispensable in the  culinary world.         

1.Eggs -  Eggs are a staple ingredient in countless culinary creations , serving as a versatile and essential binding agents in a wide array of dishes.From fluffy omelets to rich custards and from tender  meatloaf to  crispy  breaded  coatings , the  humble eggs plays  a crucial role  in bringing together ingredients and creating the perfect texture  and structure ,its  unique  ability to bind, emulsify and  thicken makes it a powerhouse in the  kitchen and  understanding its  properties and techniques for maximizing its binding capabilities can elevate the quality  of  your  cooking  to  new  heights.
2.  Flour -  Flour  is  essential in binding other ingredients in many  baked  goods and can also  be used as a thickener in sauces and soups .Wheat flour contains both starch  and  protein(gluten) that create  structure and bind molecules together when  cooked.


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