Aqua what? I hear you say… (well, at least that’s what I said!).
Next time you open up a can of beans or legumes like chickpeas, you will probably (like most people) simply drain away the liquid in the tin. However, this liquid has a name – yes, you guessed it, it’s called ‘Aquafaba’ and instead of throwing it away, surprisingly, you can use it in a number of ways – the most common being a replacement for egg white. Over the last few years it has therefore become very popular for people choosing to follow a strict Vegan diet.
Aquafaba is basically the cooking water, so you can also use the liquid from cooking your own dried beans too. Whilst there are many different types of beans, if you are using tinned, the recommendation is to select the ones WITHOUT salt, or anything else added, as the salt will change the flavour of the water which, in turn, could change the overall outcome of the taste of some recipes.