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Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by westrock, Oct 25, 2013.
Anyone made their own confectioner's glaze by dissolving shellac in alcohol?
that's for wood, isn't it? I've done it to finish furniture.
Shellac is used to finish wood but food grade shellac is one of the standard ingredients of "confectioner's glaze". I can buy the shellac but was wondering what was used for the alcohol component.
Shellac is the guts from the lac insect, and as such is totally organic. It needs to be dissolved in 100% alcohol, 80% won't work. Woodworkers use denatured alcohol which has poison added to it, and food grade uses 100% pure alcohol. This has been used for quite some time on all sorts of confectionary items, along with other sorts of gums and resins such gum Arabic.
The problem is finding 100% food grade alcohol in British Columbia.
I am interested to know how you end up doing this glaze with Shellac or /Gum Arabica.
Confectioner's glaze is made with bleached de-waxed shellac dissolved in alcohol. The ratio of ingredients can vary but is usually around 35 % shellac. The glaze provides an excellent seal for sugar products that would normally absorb water, or melt in humid conditions.