logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Clairvoyance: 08:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Low Carb Site

BellaOnline's Low Carb Editor

g

Low Carb Corn Starch Thickener


Corn Starch is one of those mysterious substances that we all have and use - but how does it work? If you're going low carb or healthy cooking, what do you use instead?

First off, people originally had real cooking techniques that they used, rather than dump in cornstarch :) Thickening a sauce would take a long time, constantly stirring, letting the water evaporate out. However, modern cooks are far too lazy for that :). We want things fast, quick and cheap.

That's where cornstarch comes in. It's cheap, because it's made of corn. In essence it's a distillation of the "bad" part of the corn - i.e. its starchy center. When mixed with water, it thickens instantly. So think of it as a sugar goo. It makes your sauce thicker, because you're now eating sugar sludge :)

What's the solution? Well, there are sugar-free thickeners on the market. You could use one of those, in essence substituting a sugar goo with a non-sugar goo. However, I vote for the actual, real solution. Cook healthily! Take your time when cooking gravy, to let it reduce naturally. Grab a glass of wine and have a friend come in the kitchen with you. Really, it doesn't take that long, and it tastes MUCH better that way.

Interestingly, in England they call this "corn flour" :)

Now if you have a real time sensitive situation where you MUST get the dish done in X minutes for whatever reason, we have used guar gum and xanthan gum as thickeners. You can get both of these at health food stores and on Amazon. These are good substitutes to look into.

low carb ebooks
Lisa Shea's Library of Low Carb Books
Add Low+Carb+Corn+Starch+Thickener to Twitter Add Low+Carb+Corn+Starch+Thickener to Facebook Add Low+Carb+Corn+Starch+Thickener to MySpace Add Low+Carb+Corn+Starch+Thickener to Del.icio.us Digg Low+Carb+Corn+Starch+Thickener Add Low+Carb+Corn+Starch+Thickener to Yahoo My Web Add Low+Carb+Corn+Starch+Thickener to Google Bookmarks Add Low+Carb+Corn+Starch+Thickener to Stumbleupon Add Low+Carb+Corn+Starch+Thickener to Reddit



 



RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Low Carb Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
chat
Live Chat
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Lisa Shea. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lisa Shea. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lisa Shea for details.

g


g features
Ants on a Log Recipe

Low Carb Books / Ebooks

Low Carb Cocktail Recipes

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor