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It was only a matter of time before the inevitable convergence of food waste-user-uppers and resourceful vegans. Now it's happened, and we’re all talking about aquafaba, that slick liquid left over after you strain a can of chickpeas for your hummus or salad or what-have-you. Yesterday, Jane Black published a story on the stuff in the newspaper of record, calling it a “miracle,” albeit a somewhat mysterious one.

Adventures in Aquafaba: Making Vegan Chocolate Mousse, Mayonnaise, & Marshmallow Fluff
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Adventures in Aquafaba: Making Vegan Chocolate Mousse, Mayonnaise, & Marshmallow Fluff

Discovered by ingenious home cooks and recently commandeered by chefs, the stuff is a better egg replacer than vegans have ever found—and it uses up something that’s normally cast off as waste.

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At Food52, we’ve experimented with aquafaba before; Caroline had great success in turning it into mayonnaise, and slightly less success with a chocolate mousse.

Aquafaba Returns—This Time, in Creamy, Jarred "Fabanaise"
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Aquafaba Returns—This Time, in Creamy, Jarred "Fabanaise"

But now that the word’s in our head again, we’re dreaming up everything we can do with it—starting with these recipes from around the ‘net:

...and maybe once we’re well-versed in all things sweet and beany, we’ll start experimenting on our own, and tinkering with macaroons, soufflés, and these little coffee meringues. We’re also secretly hoping someone tries their hand at an aquafaba cocktail—if you do, or if you make any other aquafaba-related discoveries, we hope you’ll share your results in the comments and upload your recipes to the site!

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Coffee Meringues

Coffee Meringues by drbabs

Macaroons

Macaroons by we eat. happy.

Pimento Cheese Soufflé

Pimento Cheese Soufflé by Mary Catherine Tee

Chewy Chocolate Meringues

Chewy Chocolate Meringues by Riki Shore

Sesame-Rose-Pistachio Meringues

Sesame-Rose-Pistachio Meringues by Alice Medrich

Meringue Mushrooms

Meringue Mushrooms by Merrill Stubbs


Tags: aquafaba, chickpeas, chickpea water