Candace - posted on 03/03/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
i found this on a website called brave kids by a dad who's son needs a thickener
This is what he posted, hope it helps anyone cuz i kno the cost of simply thick is expensive, plz discuss with your doctor tho before you try it
""We use simply thick for our son and recently encountered a gap in our supply. Unable to get a shipment in time we needed to come up with a short term solution. We used to use apple sauce and rice cereal to thicken our son’s drinks before we started using Simply Thick but did not want to subject him to that again.
I went to the Simply Thick site and reviewed the ingredients used in the product and discovered that the main ingredient is Xanthan Gum. I did a some research and learned that xanthan gum is a microbial gelling agent used in the food industry and can be found in common food items such as ketchup and salad dressing.
I also found that xanthan gum can be purchased in practically any whole food store. Most places will let you buy it by volume. I bought 3 ounces of the powder at $1.55 an ounce. You don’t need to buy a lot, his stuff goes a long way.
With this knowledge I decided to try to make my own simply thick. I bought some xanthan gum and mixed it with water. Here is how I did it. The following is just what I came up with feel free to experiment with creating your own recipe.
3 teaspoons of xanthan gum
8 ounces of water (xanthan gum will dissolve regardless of temp)
1) Place the xanthan gum and water in a container that you can cover.
2) Shake the mixture like crazy. You may see clumps of the xanthan gum in the water but if you just set it in the fridge and let it sit for a while they will dissolve in a short amount of time.
3) Repeat step two until there are no clumps and your mixture is consistent.
This will produce a batch of thickener that you can scoop out and place in a drink. Depending on how thick you need the drink will determine how much of the gel to use. Our son needs 'honey' consistency so we do the straw test (stand a straw straight up in the drink, it should stand on it's own for at least 5 seconds).
I’ve tried water that I thickened with the gel and it is just as flavorless as if I used Simply Thick.
I keep our mixture refrigerated and toss it after a couple of days because I don’t know what the shelf life would be but I’m sure if you used a little preservative (ascorbic acid? Vitamin C?) it would last for quite some time.
This stuff really is great.
▪ It’s a fiber so it’s not constipating like Thick It.
or causes diarehha like thicken up
▪ It’s really affordable and considering the cost of Simply Thick, it could save you a lot of money.
▪ Most importantly, it’s safe.""
As always, make sure to speak to your doctor.
Please let me know if this has helped you.