How to Make Edible Silver Luster Dust

Written by cecelia owens
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Edible silver dust gives a finishing touch to your recipes, but making it properly can be the difference between having an edible treat and having to throw away your meal because it has lost its flavour. You need only three ingredients --- water, silver powder and gum Arabic --- but must use them in equal parts. Silver lustre dust is the same as regular edible dust; they are both designed to make the recipe prettier. If you make it right, your silver dust will be edible and free from any weird taste that could hamper your recipes.

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Things you need

  • 56.7gr. gum Arabic
  • 59.1ml. water
  • 56.7gr. silver sparkle powdered food colouring
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking tray
  • Kitchen brush
  • Palette knife
  • Sieve

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  1. 1

    Mix the gum Arabic, water and silver powdered food colouring into a medium-sized bowl. When the items are mixed together, it will look like thick paint.

  2. 2

    Cover a baking tray with non-stick ovenproof parchment paper. Use a kitchen brush to scoop and brush the mixture onto the baking tray. The mixture should be thinly brushed over the baking tray.

  3. 3

    Preheat your oven to 93.3 degrees C, place the baking tray into the oven, and bake for 10 minutes. The mixture should be dry enough to peel from the parchment paper.

  4. 4

    Remove the hardened mixture from the oven and leave it out to cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a palette knife to pull up the mixture from the parchment paper and gently push it through a sieve to create edible silver dust.

  5. 5

    Place the remaining silver lustre dust in a plastic container. Silver dust does not have a set expiration date, but should last for several months.

Tips and warnings

  • You can purchase the ingredients for silver lustre dust online or at a store that specialises in bakery supplies and equipment.

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