FAQs about Corn Starch for Food
What is corn starch?
This carbohydrate is the main component of the corn grain and from where it is extracted, this being the food reserve of the plants. It is obtained from the endosperm of the grain which, after going through different processes, obtains a fine white powder used as a thickener in the food industry.
Are corn starch and corn flour the same?
No, in fact the differences are quite notable: The first is its color, cornstarch is white while flour is yellow; the taste also differentiates them, where cornstarch has no flavor at all. Finally, its application is different, while the flour is used for bakery products, cornstarch is commonly used in sauces as a thickener.
is corn starch gluten free?
This confusion can occur since almost all flours come from corn and contain gluten. However, by taking only the starch from the corn kernel, gluten is not present in this product, which makes it suitable for people allergic to this component.
What is corn starch used for?
Since this natural ingredient has no odor or taste, it is widely used in food production for:
1. Thicken sauces, stews and soups.
3. Improve the shelf life of bakery products.
4. Bind food.
5. Improve consistency in ice cream, pastry cream and cookies.
Does cornstarch expire?
As long as it is in a hermetically sealed environment and away from moisture, this product does not have an expiration date. However, at mySibi we recommend that you follow the expiration dates proposed by the manufacturer in order to obtain better results in the products you are preparing.