Where to find agar powder in the grocery store

Gelatin is one of the 37 things to avoid as a vegan. Why?

Well, prepare yourself for this next horrifying part.

It contains crushed animal body parts.

Gross, right?

Gelato in a glass cup

Automatically, this fact cancels gelatin from being a vegan food item. However, there’s an alternative you should consider, which is agar powder.

What is agar powder?

Agar, also known as agar-agar or Kanten, is the ultimate gelatin substitute. It comes from a type of seaweed, the red sea algae, and you can use it to condense soups, or make ice cream, jams and jellies.

Agar powder in plastic bottle

The best part is that it contains no trace of animal entrails, skin or even bones. Also, it has no calories, sugar, carbs, fat, soy and gluten, or even any of the following:

  • Yeast & wheat 
  • Starch
  • Milk & egg
  • Preservatives

What aisle is agar powder in?

If you’re looking for where to find agar powder in grocery store, you can check these promising aisles:

  • Natural food aisle
  • Health food aisle
  • Baking aisle
  • Asian food section of the Ethnic/ International aisle
  • Supplement aisle
  • Bulk aisle

Since agar powder comes out of red sea algae and has no beef or animal traces, you can find it first in the Natural food aisle or the Health food aisle.

Next, check the Baking aisle as the powder provides a gluten-free solution for icings, glazes, and low calorie pastries.

Star Chef, David Chang, explains why we need to get rid of the “Ethnic” aisle at the Grocery store. But if you don’t think so, you can browse the Asian food section of the International aisle for agar powder.

Asian woman leaning on shopping cart in the grocery store

If you have no luck there, then check the Supplement aisle. You’ll find all kinds of grocery items rich in amino acids, antioxidants, multi-vitamins and digestives. 

As a last resort, visit the Bulk aisle. Now, you know where to find agar powder in grocery store.

Where do I find agar agar?

Amazon

Agar powder can be expensive. But on Amazon, you’ll find the brand that fits your budget. It has the Now Food’s Agar Pure Powder and this Nutrient Agar Powder brand, as well as many others to select from. You can order them online with delivery option to your doorstep.

Walmart

Walmart is another great store to buy grocery items from. There you’ll find the 4 ounce Agar Agar powder with average gel strength, along with this other Agar Agar Cheese Powder from American Heritage. Additionally, you can buy them online, or from any Walmart outlet near you.

Asian supermarkets

Stores like Yin Yam sell varieties of Asian produce, including this Golden Trophy Agar Agar Powder brand. Ethnic Supermarket also has the Agar Agar Powder, which you can purchase online. 

Whole Foods

Whole Foods has an International aisle where you can find agar powder. But if you prefer, you can comfortably order it online. Currently, the online store is out of agar powder, but they have the Eden Foods Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes. Although if you can’t wait for them to restock, you can buy this Agar Agar powder brand, made by Buy Whole Foods, from Amazon.

Kroger

Kroger has a very small range of agar powder brands. So for now, it only has the NOW Real Food Agar Powder brand. Although if you want to broaden your options a bit, you can also order for the Eden Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes.


How long is agar agar good for?

Agar powder has a long shelf life. So at most, you should expect it to last for about 8 months, if you store it properly.

“Properly”, in this sense, would mean keeping it in airtight containers to prevent moisture or liquid from spoiling it. 

Glass food container with blue lid

After then, you can store it in cool, dry places. If you have a pantry, you’ll want to consider stashing it there.

Should it ever go bad, you’ll know for sure. Agar powder has an odd taste when it spoils, different from when you first bought it.


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