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Is the foam on pasta water significantly more starchy than the rest of the water?

Often while cooking pasta I will take out some pasta water to incorporate into my sauce. The purpose is to transfer starches into the sauce to thicken and bind it. Is it better to repeatedly skim the ...
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How do I stop potatoes falling apart in a long-cook?

Every time I make a stew or curry, either on the hob or in a slow cooker, the time needed for the potatoes is much shorter than the overall time for the stew. Adding potatoes part-way through is not a ...
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Emulsifying starchy vegetables

What is the general process of emulsification of starchy vegetables, pumpkin and squash in particular, into shiny and oily pasta sauces? My first attempt was: Pressure-cook the flesh (until soft ...
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How to infuse starch into potato?

So, I dont have Russet potatoes, which seem to be the holy grail for making potato chips. However, I noticed that they are chosen for their high quantity of starch (and form), so i want way to infuse ...
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How can I separate starches from plant based milk (lentil milk)

I made decanted plant-based milk using lentils (nut milk bag), I'd like to remove the starches from the milk. I have tried several methods so far and a couple I have not tried such as enzymatic ...
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Can I use tapioca pearls for thickening?

A friend of mine went shopping in an Asian market. I asked them to bring me tapioca starch. They brought me a package of small tapioca pearls. Is there any way to use the pearls as I would use the ...
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Can you help me get my cream pie filling stiff enough?

Everytime I make a pie, I get a different result as far as the stiffness of the pie. I am trying to perfect coconut cream pie (and other cream pies). I have been researching Shirley O, Corriher ...
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Sugar-free chewy texture with a starch or hydrocolloid

I would like to create a chewy sugar-free (keto) cookie. Which ingredient (probably a starch or hydrocolloid) can emulate the chewiness of a cookie made with brown sugar, without sugar?
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Is there an authoritative source on whether salt affects pasta stickiness?

The Seasoned Advice answer to Why add salt to the water when cooking pasta? is that it makes the pasta less sticky by inhibiting starch gelatinization. This seems to be a controversial question, with ...
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For what dishes I should wash starch off red lentils?

I usually wash grains and beans before using them. I wonder how/for what dishes I should wash red lentils? When I washed them, the water looks "soapy" (lots of foam) until I change it cr. 8 ...
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Is there a way to incorporate air into a gel made from starch and will the pockets of air stay when dehydrated?

I'm experimenting with creating puff cereal at home. I was wondering if creating a gel, dehydrating it and then puffing it in an oven with high pressure is the only way. I actually had an successfull ...
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Advice to making Boba Pearls

Today, I tried 3 different ways to make boba/tapioca pearls from scratch, and while the third time sort of worked I never got a "dough" that was of a playdoh consistency. In reading several ...
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What is the proper ratio of tapioca , sugar and water for boba?

I want to make my own boba. My first attempt turned out to misshapen flat disk. It looks more like a bread roll. I really would like to them to be round. I used 120g tapioca starch 78ml water 65g ...
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Does starch thickened custard get thinner after a few days?

A few days ago, I did a crème pâtissière (thick vanilla custard), using milk (300ml/1.25 cup) egg yolks (2) sugar (15g/1tbsp) potato starch (10g/1tbsp). The end result had a relatively thick ...
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Pudding vs. laundry starch - Add water gradually or all at once?

I recently watched a YouTube video "How to use old fashioned starch" by Constance MacKenzie about how laundry was starched in ye olde time. The only relevant information for my question is ...
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What to add as extra starch for a burger? [closed]

A classic burger consists of a beef patty, some salad/ tomato/ onion, a burger bun and some sauces. That already has all the components of a well balanced reasonably healthy meal but a typical burger ...
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Reconstitute all purpose wheat flour from starch and gluten

Due to the recent events (COVID-19) the groceries stores' shelves are totally wiped of flour of any grains. I have not found flour for roughly a week. Now the shelves are still stocked well with ...
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Can you make stew without onions?

I'm trying to make a stew with the least amount of ingredients. If I could just cook the meat itself that would be great but I think that would be frying or grill so not a stew. What is the least ...
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Ultra thick and fluffy pudding

I recently traveled to NY and tried Magnolia's banana pudding. Long story short, it was amazing :D When I came back home I tried to create the next best version. Having seen the below video, I ...
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why does soy milk curdle when salt is added

Why does soy milk curdle when salt is added? Does it have something to do with starch?
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Making a vegan potato-puree like course without whole potatoes

I live in Thailand in which potatoes in retail supermarkets can be a bit expensive because of a bit low demand due to low traditional usage in local cuisine. In my opinion in Thai bazaars the price is ...
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Millet (wild yeast/sourdough) fermentation decreasing thickness of the slurry

In order to reproduce a traditional Turkish drink recipe for Boza. Which has a thick consistency, low alcohol content (around 1%), and a slightly acidic sweet flavor. I'm repeating this two step ...
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Help removing excess starch from potato chips

I was trying to make potato chips at home but forgot wash off the excess starch from the freshly cut potato slices. I have already dried them off. Now when i fry them they turn brown giving a burnt ...
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Why does rice flour or cornstarch produce crispier crusts than wheat flour?

If you add a percentage of rice flour or cornstarch to any sort of breading or pancake, you get a much crispier crust than one made with 100% wheat flour. The Vietnamese banh xeo, which is like a ...
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How to make creamy/starchy risotto with brown rice?

I've been making risotto with a brown rice blend (Long Grain Brown Rice, Sweet Brown Rice, Wild Rice, Whole Grain Wehani Rice, Whole Grain Black Japonica Rice), and I quite like the texture, and how ...
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How is starch content of some vegetables reduced by cooking?

How is starch content reduced by cooking vegetables? Are the starch molecules simply broken apart? For example, this study showed a reduction in starch in sweet potato by cooking.
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Can I make potatoes sweet by cooking them?

I've heard that cooking "breaks down" carbohydrates such as starch. I also know that starch is a complex carbohydrate, which is essentially made out of simple carbohydrates (sugars). Potatoes contain ...
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Why does rinsing lentils create foam? Is this natural?

I ran out of organic brown rice today, and I happened to have some lentils, but when I went to rinse them with the spray nozzle on my sink (set to warm) they started to create a bubbly foam. The ...
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How do starches, butter and milk interact from a culinary chemistry / food technology standpoint?

I'm trying to find out how different starches behave and how they interact with other ingredients. Corn starch (Maizena), for example, will act as a thickener as soon as it reaches its gelatinization ...
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Corn/Potato/Rice/Flour starches in deep frying

Lately, I've been looking at a few deep fried recipes and have noticed different types of refined starches being used. As far as cornstarch goes, I've seen a sweet potato and Idaho/Russet (normal) ...
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Why do Injera recipes call for adding boiling water or cooking down tef with some water?

Very often in Injera recipes you will see step toward the end of the process, right before cooking that involves cooking some Tef flour with some water and then mixing that into the batter. Can anyone ...
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Does glutinous rice flour function differently from regular rice flour as a coating?

I am going to try making wasabi peas despite a dearth of recipes online. I've read the list of ingredients of several brands, most (including my favorite) contain glutinous rice flour. Others contain ...
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Corn starch is too sweet for me. [closed]

I'm not an experienced baker, so I need a little help. I don't like the sweet taste corn starch leaves in some items I bake, like cornbread (cornbread is not supposed to be sweet, that's cake). Do ...
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Why cook green plantains?

Many cookbooks and chefs recommend cooking green plantains before eating them. Is it just because of all the starch? Or are there any toxins as in sprouting potatoes? Does the ratio of amylose to ...
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Microwave pudding sediments

I tried making pudding in the microwave for the first time. I took 20 g rice starch and 250 g milk. First made a slurry, then mixed the rest of the milk, constantly stirring. Then added 10 g sugar and ...
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What is the binding power of starches vs flour?

I was surprised to read the answers to a recent question on thickening - two of the three, including the accepted answer, suggested using cornstarch instead of flour to save calories. I have always ...
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Effect of potato water on bread (early experiment results)

Inspired by another question here, I am going to make potato bread. I am using the King Arthur Flour recipe. (For 2 loaves) 1 tablespoon instant yeast 99g sugar 283g to 340g lukewarm water or potato ...
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Which is the better substitute for tapioca: corn starch or potato starch?

Which is the better substitute for tapioca in Chinese/South East Asian dishes, e.g. for thickener of soups and for meatballs? Is it corn starch or potato starch? I am asking because both corn starch ...
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Potato starch as a pie thickener? [duplicate]

Can I use potato starch as a thickener for pie filling? From what I see it's not supposed to boil, but I cannot avoid this with pies. (I've tried it with a fruit pie and it doesn't seem to thick it ...
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Corn Starch vs Potato Starch

One of the recipes I am trying out asks me to use Potato starch to help thicken the sauce. A majority of the recipes I found online for it say to use Potato starch but at the store I mainly found corn ...
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Starch accumulating as sediment during shallow fry

Since I was shown how to make tatsutaage (a particular type of Japanese fried chicken with grated ginger in the marinade), I've been tweaking things in the recipe here and there, and this week have ...
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Can we digest raw starch? [closed]

One of the wisdoms passed on early in my family is not to eat certain types of food raw, because they will cause bellyache. It is regarded common sense on par with not to touch a hot stove because it ...
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My dishes seem the same [closed]

I have been learning to cook for a little while now, and can make 10+ good looking and tasting meals but I have a problem I am encountering that I notice more and more as I learn new meals. It seems ...
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Does type of starch used for thickening make a difference in a fruit sauce?

I'm making fruit sauce to spoon, say, over a piece of cheese cake. American recipes typically call for corn starch to thicken it, but around here most people tend to have potato starch in their ...
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Starch Content of Dehydrated Potatoes

Good day! I've been wondering this for years. I'm from Nova Scotia and we cook a Traditional meal called Rapure. The way it's made is by taking about 15 lbs of potatoes and processing them to ...
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Maintaining Sourdough Starter - Are potato flakes/water necessary?

I just got some sourdough starter going with the Oregon Trail, and it seems to be doing quite well. However, the guide calls for using potato flakes or potato water to feed it- having neither, I hoped ...
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How do you make tapioca from cassava?

I am curious as to how tapioca is made from cassava. Also, is it possible to do this at home? Thanks.
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Is there a product available that is pre-gelatinized starch and what product name is it sold with?

I am trying to make packets of instant pudding that do not need heating, in order to thicken the mix to form a cold dessert. Some sanity has to be found in my kitchen, as most foods are home cooked ...
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Can flour be used interchangeably with starch?

I don't know if the question I'm asking is suitable for this site, but can the word flour be used interchangeably with starch?
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What is the relationship between starchy vegetables/fruits and root vegetables?

I am battling with rosacea and was recommended by a doctor to not eat starchy things, including starchy vegetables and fruits. I know that starchy vegetables include: corn, potatoes, yams, etc. So......