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Cornstarch also known in British English as Cornflour, is an especially useful ingredient for thickening soups, stews, gravies, sauces, puddings, or pie fillings. It has double the thickening power of flour; if a recipe calls for flour as a thickener, you use half the amount of cornstarch to achieve the same effect. When thickening hot liquids, mix the desired amount of cornstarch with cold water until it is fully blended. Then add it to your soup, stew, or gravy, bring the mixture to a boil and boil for one minute.
Beyond thickening, cornstarch also has numerous uses in baking. It helps improve the texture of cakes, cookies, and other baked goods. It's also a key ingredient in shortbread recipes, where its fine texture produces crumbly and tender breads! Cornstarch is also great for helping to produce a crispy texture in your sauteed or stir-fried mock meats and vegetables; coat small pieces of your desired ingredient in cornstarch to produce a crispy coating. It's also the secret ingredient in the batter of extra-crispy deep fried foods! Add cornstarch to the batter of any food you want to fry up with a crispy, golden-brown coating. No matter how you use it, this cornstarch is sure to be a key ingredient in your busy kitchen.