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what to use corn starch for?

July 23rd, 2009 at 08:58 am

Spent 50c today on a can of coke, and DF spent nothing!

My boss pulled a bucket of raw sugar in from the back storage shed because he needed some for his house. (we hardly use it for anything at work) Last time he did that he said I could take some home, and I did this time too. I think I probably took about 2.5kgs! Big Grin

He also told me to help myself to some corn starch, as we hardly use it either, so I took about the same amount in that too.

I know you use corn starch as a thickener for pies and stuff, and to make custard, but what else can you make to eat with it?


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We were at wits end with Jed today. He has been so fussed over not being around DF's dads dog he hasn't eaten ardly anything for two-three days. He won't eat unless you hand feed him, which we are NOT going to do! He is starting to get a bit skinny I'm worried about him. Today he whined all day at work with DF whenever DF went away from him.

But then, when we got home, we started to teach him the 'sit' command, and use dry food as the treat (so he would eat!). Then DF had a shower and I decided to just do some more 'sit' commands just to make him eat some more, and I put a handful of dry food in a plastic container and he started eating it if I patted him! So then I fed him some more handfuls, and then went and got his meat and he wolfed it down!

So glad THAT has been sorted.

He is also responding to being sprayed with a water sprayer when he whines. I think if we can keep that up we might manage to teach him not to whine. It will be a slow process, but as long as we begin to see results we will persevere!

9 Responses to “what to use corn starch for?”

  1. FrugalFish Says:

    I don't think there's a lot to do with cornstarch beyond what you already know. I buy a good sized bucket and it lasts forever. Bugs like it, so keep it sealed- maybe even in the freezer. It's great for thickening soups and stir fry sauces too. A sort of unusual thing to do with cornstarch is to make a mixture of water and cornstarch, heat it to thicken, and get it to about the consistency of vegetable oil. You can use that as a substitute for oil in salad dressings. It makes the dressing very low cal, and actually doesn't taste too bad.

  2. Caoineag Says:

    Think of corn starch as a clear thickener. My favorite use is pecan pie but gravies and chinese food (breading replacement that stays crisp even with sauce on it) are also options. Allrecipes has an ingredient search, you could type in corn starch and see what they have.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Cornstarch tempura batter. Cornstarch thickened gravies, soups, and sauces. Around here the carry-out "Chinese" places use a lot of sauces, both sweet and salty, thickened with cornstarch.

    Non-edible uses-- Cornstarch body powder. Cornstarch paste to buff silver. Cornstarch paste to buff specks off glass surfaces. Cornstarch to iron clothes.

  4. thriftorama Says:

    I use cornstarch with salt and pepper as a fish fry batter. It's pretty good.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    I use cornstarch to thicken gravies and Chinese sauces. Add it about 5 minutes before the end of cooking. (Don't just throw it into a hot sauce, though; it will clump. Mix about a tablespoon with enough cold water to make a runny goo, then add the goo.)

    I also dip my beer-battered tofu into a salt, pepper, seaweed and cornstarch mixture before dipping it in the beer batter.

  6. princessperky Says:

    Well this isn't food but just once you have to mix it with a bit of water, enough so you can roll it into a ball, then hold it in your hand and it oozes back out as a liquid.

    Very fun stuff IMO...

  7. six Says:

    the the spray of water is a good idea for anti-whining. I use that on my dog. He knows to keep quiet when I pull out the sray bottle!! He only whines in the car - probably because he's not very used to being in them. Citronella basically sprays them with citronella smelling mist when they bark which smells and tastes like citronella that they don't like so that they learn to not bark. I think it would only work for barks and not whines???

  8. baselle Says:

    Hot and sour soup. However, a little goes a long way.

  9. whitestripe Says:

    thanks everyone. and thanks six for the info on the citronella Smile jed seems to be getting slooooowly better with the whining

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