What is the Deal with Aquafaba?
Aquafaba is simply the viscous liquid left over from cooking chickpeas. You can get it from the can or from cooking your own dried chickpeas. This is a common, unglamorous, age-old ingredient we’re talking about. But the (Latin for “bean water”) is pretty incredible.
Barely two years ago, a French singer who was looking for a vegan egg substitute discovered that he could whip this starch- and protein-rich liquid into a foam, much like egg whites. online. Vegans (and those who can’t eat eggs) as well as basically anyone interested in cooking sat up and took notice. It’s often said that there’s nothing new under the sun, but this was actually new.
In the last two years, chefs and recipe developers have experimented with aquafaba and discovered that it has some remarkable properties—doubly remarkable, perhaps, since it’s a completely natural, vegetable-based substance that many people pour down the drain. It’s a favorite of chefs Dan Barber and John Fraser. You can to make a fluffy dessert topping; you can ; you can even use it as the emulsifier in . You can use it instead of egg whites to . You can make with it.
Our Favorite Healthy Hummus Recipes: Use the liquid left over from cooking chickpeas (for hummus, curries, or other dishes) as a vegan substitute for eggs.
And no, it doesn’t make everything taste like hummus. Most sources say that the beany flavor and aroma dissipates when the aquafaba is mixed with other ingredients and baked or whipped.
Eggs hold a special place in cooking because of the way they emulsify, the way they give lift and spring and structure to baked goods. Until now, egg replacers, like ground flax, have provided a pretty poor approximation of the miraculous egg. Aquafaba, on the other hand, comes very close. And it’s been right under our noses all this time.