This is the second in a series of articles about the many clever ways that cornstarch can be used to save money. Before moving on to the next list, let’s examine exactly what corn starch is.
Cornstarch is a fine, powdery starch made from corn. More exact, it is made from the endosperm of the corn, which makes up most of the kernels we eat when munching popcorn or enjoying corn on the cob.
Cornstarch, also referred to as cornflower, is produced by grinding, washing and drying the endosperm until it reaches that fine, powdery state. It is gluten free.
Cornstarch has many culinary uses, but it is most often used as a thickener for sauces, gravies and fillings for fruit pies. It thickens very quickly and easily and forms a clear sauce, rather than an opaque one.
Cornstarch is also included in many baked good recipes, and is often used in conjunction with flour. Because it is gluten free, cornstarch can help add some structure to a baked good while increasing its tenderness.
Our list, however, will deal with other ways cornstarch can be used. Its culinary uses will remain for any recipes in which it may be needed.