• Known for its multifunctional uses, cornstarch is a fine, powdery starch made out of corn. The starch is obtained from the endosperm of the corn, which makes up most of the kernels that we eat for corn on the cob and popcorn.
• Cornstarch has varying culinary uses but it is most commonly used as thickening agent for sauces and gravies, and is included in many baked good recipes alongside flour.
• Cornstarch may be stored indefinitely but should be kept in a cool, dry area. Keep package tightly closed.
• Add cornstarch to any spills to help soak up any greasy or oily stains. Let sit for at least 20 minutes and then vacuum.
• Sprinkling a bit of cornstarch onto your scalp is a good alternative to dry shampoo as it will help soak up any oils.
• Adding a bit of cornstarch to a stubborn knot can help untangle it.
• A mixture of cornstarch and water can be used as a polishing agent for silver, soothing sunburn, and relieving the itchiness of a bug bite.
Cornstarch can be used to help treat hypoglycemia. Uncooked cornstarch digests slowly and supplies a slow, steady stream of glucose, which may help to prevent low blood sugar, especially at night during sleep.
Cornstarch contains small amounts of some essential minerals, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus ,iron, potassium and zinc.
• Cornstarch has about twice the thickening ability of flour.
• Cornstarch is gluten-free.
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