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Definition: Cornstarch

On today's date in 1841, an Englishman named Orlando Jones received a patent from the US government for his invention cornstarch. Cornstarch is a dense powdery flour like substance that is used in baking and as a thickening agent for puddings, sauces, and soups. Grinding the white heart of a corn kernel makes the starch. Tid-bits of useless information like this fascinate me because I wonder where Orlando got the idea to finely grind corn kernels and how exactly did he figure it can be used as a thickening agent. Most importantly how did people make pudding before 1841???

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Ladytronic Ladytronic 9 years
they may have used arrowroot powder or oh wait!! i just remembered my friend has an ancient book that was for a family , it had all kinds of information in it and it had pudding recipes with isenglassen or a type of gelatin in it
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
im with you olivercakery!
OliverCakery OliverCakery 9 years
I love it - odd quirky tidbits always make me laugh... We need and "Quirky Food Facts" group!
andaman andaman 9 years
another answer could be mace?
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Maybe they used flour or tapioca starch before? I've always used corn starch, except in my alfredo sauce. I love that my gravy turns to a gel when I refrigerate it.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Ha ha ha! I don't know, but I just googled up this recipe from an 1855 cookbook... Syllabub Pudding Make one quart of rich cream very sweet, grate half a nutmeg over it, put it into a china bowl and milk a cow into it, that it many become very frothy. Milk a cow into it!? :O
andaman andaman 9 years
Arrow roots?
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
LOL and there is no answer? dang. hahaha
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