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Article: How to cook tapioca pearls and how to store them

How to cook tapioca pearls and how to store them

How to cook tapioca pearls and how to store them



1.5 cup of sugar

1.5 cup hot water

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, then stir until sugar has dissolved.



You'll need:

Tapioca (The entire bag)

3L water

simple syrup

1 large ziploc bag OR foil liners *This is to freeze left over tapioca


i. Bring 3L of water to a full boil in a large pot. Add tapioca pearls and stir occasionally to prevent sticking and clumping.


ii. Once water returns to a boil, turn down the heat to medium and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally, and partially cover the pot with a lid.


iii. After 45 minutes, turn off the heat and let it sit with the lid covered for 15 minutes.


iv. Rinse thoroughly in a colander until the water runs clear, then place pearls into a container with simple syrup.


v. After 20 minutes of soaking in simple syrup, the pearls are ready! Add pearls to your drink or dessert and freeze the rest for later. *Freshly cooked pearls are best consumed within 3 hours.


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i. Divide evenly between the liners and add 1 tablespoon of simple syrup into each portion OR freeze tapioca flat in a large ziploc bag.


ii. Place filled liners/ziplock bag on a flat surface. Store in freezer until completely frozen. Store in the freezer for future use.






1. To reheat 1 portion of pearls: Remove pearls from liner OR break off the desired portion of pearls from the ziploc bag and place pearls into a microwave-safe bowl.

2. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir to separate and microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

3. If pearls are still frozen, microwave in 10-second intervals until you achieve the desired texture.


*Undercooking or overcooking pearls will result in hardened pearls. Power levels in microwaves vary. Adjust time accordingly.



1. In a small pot, bring 500mL of water to a boil.

2. Remove pearls from the liner or break off the desired portion of pearls from the Ziploc bag and place pearls into boiling water.

3. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally to separate pearls.

4. Remove pearls and soak in simple syrup for 5 minutes before serving.