Potato starch: properties, uses in cooking and for beauty

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Potato starch is a very versatile ingredient that is obtained thanks to the drying and subsequent grinding of the potatoes. Helps to make cakes and other baked desserts soft.

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Have you ever used the potato flour in the kitchen or for beauty? There potato flour it is a very versatile ingredient that is obtained thanks to the drying and subsequent grinding of potatoes. It helps to make fluffy cakes and other baked desserts.





La potato flour He can have numerous uses both in the kitchen and for beauty. In the kitchen it serves above all as a thickening ingredient while for beauty it can become a component of face creams or other natural remedies.

Let's find out the properties and uses of potato starch.

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Potato starch, properties

Potato starch is made exclusively from potato starch. It is a very light powder product, similar to corn starch or cornstarch in both uses and properties. Potato starch tends to absorb moisture, so it should be stored in a cool, dry place.

Its features make it useful to add as thickening agent liquid-based foods, such as soups, soups, sauces and sweet or savory creams. It is usually added to preparations that require reheating, such as custard or bechamel. Potato starch can sometimes form lumps. In this case the advice is to sift it with a colander before using it.

Potato starch, uses in cooking

The main uses of starch of potatoes relate to cooking. Potato starch is especially useful for thickening creams, soups and velvets, as well as for replace the eggs in sweets. Here's how to best use it in the kitchen.

Replace the eggs

Using potato starch is a good solution to replace eggs in desserts. Instead of each egg you can use 2 tablespoons of potato starch or 1 tablespoon of potato starch and 1 tablespoon of vegetable milk. This type of replacement is good for leavened baked desserts, such as cakes, muffins, brioches, donuts, plumcakes.


Read also: HOW TO REPLACE EGGS IN SWEETS AND SAVORY RECIPES


Thicken the soups

Are your vegetable puree or the soup you just made too liquid? There is no problem. Just add a little potato starch to your soup or soup. Start adding 1 or 2 tbsp, mix, blend and check if the density obtained satisfies you.

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Homemade custard

How to go about giving the right consistency to the custard? You can add potato starch to your preparation depending on the recipe you choose to follow. For example, to prepare gluten-free custard, you can replace wheat flour with potato starch. Here the recipes.

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Hot chocolate cup

The basic recipe for making homemade hot chocolate involves using potato starch or rice flour. The potato starch will help make your hot chocolate creamy, both in the classic version and in the vegan version.

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Quick potato dumplings

What's the secret to making homemade potato gnocchi in no time? Many recipes for quick gnocchi suggest using potato starch to make a quick dough for our gnocchi. Here are the recipes for quick potato gnocchi.

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Potato starch, uses for beauty

Potato starch also finds uses in the field of beauty, especially as regards theself-production of cosmetics, for example face masks, or small natural remedies that can be useful in everyday life.


Making of cosmetics

Potato starch is considered a safe additive to use in cream, paste or powder products that you apply to the body. Potato starch is used for replace some synthetic additives in beauty products and medicines to make them safer for consumers.


Do-it-yourself mattifying powder

Potato starch is among the ingredients that are used for theself-production of natural cosmetics. For example, we find it in the recipe to prepare the do-it-yourself mattifying powder. Here is a recipe from which to take inspiration to prepare the powder at home.

DIY face mask

With potato starch you can prepare a do-it-yourself face mask. You will need 1 tablespoon of potato starch, 1 tablespoon of green clay, a few drops of lemon juice, plain water or floral water. Here is the complete recipe from which to take inspiration.

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Dry shampoo for oily hair

You can use the potato starch as if it were one dry shampoo to be applied to the hair roots and brushed off after leaving it to act for a few minutes before shampooing. As a dry shampoo you can also use corn starch (maizena) or iris powder (you can find it online and in herbal medicine).

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Relief for sunburn

Here is a simple remedy for relieve mild sunburn: prepare a creamy mixture by adding a little water to a cup of potato starch until you get a consistency that is easy to apply and leave to act on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing. Potato starch contains starch with a soothing effect on the skin.

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