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Using Cornstarch for Thickening

Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:46 pm
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Using Cornstarch for Thickening Recipes

Many times you will want to thicken a sauce, soup, custard or gravy and either cannot or do not want to use flour. Clearly something like a custard would have a strange texture and flavor if it was thickened with flour.

If the liquid you want to thicken is hot then you would form a slurry in cold water, and then transfer that slurry into the soup or stew.

1 tablespoon of cornstarch is about equal to 2 tablespoons of flour. If a recipes calls for flour, use one half as much cornstarch. Place cornstarch in some water and make a paste.

Ex. 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 ounce of water. Whisk thoroughly and mix into your soup or stew.

Note: You form a roux with flour and fat, not cornstarch and fat.

Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:32 pm
Name: Kat | Comment: Thanx for the info.It worked great!Only difference was,I did it twice because I had alot of juice in a big pot of stew.Thanx again!

Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:46 pm
Name: Karen | Comment: How can you make a thickening for Chicken Paprikash, without using sour cream. My mom used to make it without sour cream to reduce calories.

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