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What is Activa® GS Transglutaminase Preparation?
Ingredients: sodium chloride, gelatin, trisodium phosphate, maltodextrin, transglutaminase, safflower oil. Certified Kosher-Fish by the Orthodox Union.
Activa® GS is a mixture of transglutaminase, maltodextrin, and gelatin, with the addition of polyphosphate salts and oil. The preparation is always combined with water to make a slurry, which is alkaline or basic due to the polyphosphates. Since the TG enzyme is inactive at high pH, the slurry remains stable until it is applied to the meat. At that point, the pH drops, activating the enzymes, and the bonding begins. Unlike other TG preparations, Activa® GS has the advantage that it can be left out on the counter all day without going bad.
How to use Activa® GS
Activa® GS is always mixed into slurry with 4 parts water. It is safe and easy to use.
Typical usage is 0.75 - 1.0% of protein weight.
The Home package contains enough TG Preparation for 12-15 lbs. of product. The Professional package contains enough for 220-300 lbs.
Note: Transglutaminase enzymes degrade quickly once exposed to oxygen. To avoid waste, we recommend buying professional packages only if you plan to use a large quantity in a relatively short time. Unopened packages have a shelf life of about two years.
What is Transglutaminase or Meat Glue?
Transglutaminase (TG), aka Meat Glue, is a natural enzyme that has the ability to glue protein-containing foods together. When raw meats are bound with TG, they typically have the strength and appearance of whole uncut muscles.
Primary uses of transglutaminase include:
- Making uniform portions that cook evenly, look good, and reduce waste.
- Binding meat mixtures like sausages without casings.
- Making meat combinations like bacon and scallops.
- Producing special effects like meat noodles, meat and vegetable pastas, etc.
Additionally, TG can thicken egg yolks, strengthen dough mixtures, thicken dairy systems, and increase yield in tofu production, among other applications.
How Does Transglutaminase Work?
Transglutaminase is a naturally occurring enzyme in plants, animals, and bacteria. Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts in chemical reactions; they speed up these reactions and in some cases cause reactions to occur that otherwise wouldnt.
TG bonds protein molecules together with a (very strong) covalent bond by linking the amino acids glutamine and lysine.
Is Transglutaminase Safe?
Transglutaminase is safe. It will not harm you or glue your hands together. TG is deactivated by most cooking techniques and imparts no off-flavors to foods. TG is classified by the FDA as a GRAS product (generally recognized as safe) when used properly.
Sources: Ajinomoto Corp., CookingIssues.com
Modernist Pantry carries the full line of Activa® brand transglutaminase preparations manufactured by Ajinomoto Corp in 1 kilo packages.