How many times have you opened up a can of chickpeas, then drained out all of the water?
Have you ever given it a second thought? I hadn’t. But that’s because up until recently, I had no idea that this precious liquid actually has a name—aquafaba—and is the secret ingredient to making the most perfect vegan meringues one could ask for.
What can aquafaba be used for?
Aquafaba can be used as a vegan egg replacer, saving the day when it comes to reviving a ton of recipes and foods you thought you had to say goodbye to without eggs and dairy. You can use it to create anything from vegan meringues, to plumping up baked goods, vegan mayo recipes, and even to create vegan cheeses. The best part? The stuff is literally a product that you didn’t realize you should have been saving, so think of it as the free bonus when you’re making hummus.
What about the water in other cans of beans?
When using aquafaba in recipes, the most common ‘bean’ water that’s used is from a can of chickpeas. However, it is apparently possible to use the water of any can of beans, so if the aquafaba from a can of black beans would add an interesting flavour and colour to what you’re making, give it a try!
Try making meringues as a first step.
Meringues were an obvious choice for working with aquafaba for the first time. However, once you’ve seen it working for yourself, there’s nothing stopping you from lemon meringue pies, macarons, and so much more.
With perhaps a perfectly fitting superhero-esque title, aquafaba truly is the unsung chickpea hero with the potential to make all of your vegan dreams come true. Tell us what you’re making with aquafaba in the comments! Happy baking everyone.