Wednesday, February 5, 2014
I Didn't Know That - Flour and Cornstarch
There have been times that I find myself out of flour and need a thickener so I turn to cornstarch. This doesn't happen often but it has happened. Now comes the question. When substituting how much do I use?
Generally, for each cup of medium-thick sauce, you use 2 Tbsp. of flour mixed with 1/4 cup of cold water. OR you use 1 Tbsp. of cornstarch mixed with 1 Tbsp. of cold water. Be sure to thoroughly mix the water with the the starch or flour to prevent lumps. I use a whisk to blend my flour and water and whenever possible I also use it when adding it to the liquid. After stirring the thickener into the liquid, cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more for flour and 2 minutes more for cornstarch to allow the thickener to completely cook.
Now I have a guide for substituting!