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Using Cornstarch for Thickening

Last Modified: 12/08/10
First Published: 11/17/07
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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.



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