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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 10 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 10 years
im with you olivercakery!
OliverCakery OliverCakery 10 years
I love it - odd quirky tidbits always make me laugh... We need and "Quirky Food Facts" group!
andaman andaman 10 years
another answer could be mace?
colormesticky colormesticky 10 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 10 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 10 years
Arrow roots?
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
LOL and there is no answer? dang. hahaha
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