Aquafaba is a unique bonus ingredient that not too many people know about. I call it a bonus ingredient because it is something that most people discard like the heel from a head of celery or the skin of a cooking onion (both of which I keep and freeze and use in making soup stock). Aquafaba is the liquid from a can of chickpeas, or beans or peas. It is used as an egg substitute, and can be added to baking; for example: made into meringues. Aquafaba can be whipped exactly like egg whites and can be used to make products where a meringue is called for such as amaretti cookies or lemon meringue pie. In this post, I will teach you How to Make Aquafaba Meringues.
People react in disbelief when I explain to them the meringues are made from a liquid from a can of chickpeas. After a taste test, they admit that they are really good and they cannot tell the difference between the aquafaba and an egg white meringue.
I always try to build my recipe/product repertoire for dietary restrictions, and aquafaba has been on my ‘to try list’ as an egg-free option. I found the aquafaba meringues somewhat more tender but as indicated, there is little difference in taste from meringues made from egg whites….