How to Make Nata de Kalabasa (Squash)


  1. Wash the peels and core of kalabasa.
  2. Add three (3) parts water for every part of peel/core.
  3. Boil for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain, then for every 4 cups of strained liquid from boiled peels/core.
  5. Add 2/3 cup sugar and 1 & 1/4 tsp ammonium sulfate.
  6. Heat for 15 minutes, then cool.
  7. Add 1 & 1/4 tsp acetic acid to adjust the acidity favorable to the growth of the nata organism.
  8. Add 2/3 cup of nata starter (available at Bureau of Plant Industry) for every 4 cups of kalabasa mixture.
  9. Set aside for 10-15 days, then harvest the nata product.
  10. Cook in sugar to come up with nata dessert.



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