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Potato Starch Thickener From Barry Farm Foods

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Potato Starch

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Potato starch is not potato flour.  Potato flour is dehydrated potatoes ground into powder and is much heavier and denser.  Potato starch is the result of an extraction process removing the starch only from the potato.  Think of the white foam that floats to the top when you boil potatoes, that's potato starch.  

This starch finds uses in fast food, sweets, sausages, tablets and paper products.  In home use, it is used to thicken soups and gravies.  Liquids thickened with potato starch should never be boiled.  

Potato starch has no gluten.  It is used in recipes for those who are gluten intolerant.  It is naturally gluten free.  It is in a group of food additives known as starches, thickeners and gels.  It is similar in use to Arrowroot and corn starch.  Its main advantage over other starch thickeners is that it's a permitted ingredient for Passover, unlike cornstarch and other grain-based foods.

The following may be substituted if necessary: cornstarch (not permitted for Passover) OR arrowroot OR tapioca starch OR ground Passover matzo (also permitted for Passover).

As a side note, there are some companies that are using potato and corn starches to replace petroleum in the production of plastics for things like the plastic knives, spoons and forks and even plates.  These items will break down in our land fills within months rather than "never".

Potato starch has been produced in Denmark commercially since 1900 and up to 75% of their tuber crop is dedicated to industrial production.

RECIPE

GLUTEN FREE STREUSEL TOPPING

Ingredients:

1/2 c. shortening
3/4 c sugar* or xylitol* (for sugar free)
1/2 c potato starch*
3/4 c. cornstarch*
2 t. baking powder*
1/2 t. salt*
1 1/2 t. xanthan gum*
1/4 c. milk
1/4 t. cinnamon*

Mix together all ingredients until crumbly. Bake in single layer in 375F oven til brown.
*These items are available at www.barryfarm.com.

NutritionFacts
Serving size:1/4 cup 
Amount per serving
Calories160
Calories from fat0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Total
Carbohydrate 40g
13%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Protein 0g
Percent values are based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet. Your daily values may differ.
Additional Information
0% of calories from Fat
100% from Carbohydrates
0% from Protein