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Old 03-18-2010, 08:55 AM   #1
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Anyone find a good thickener

I'm looking for something to use in replacement of corn starch as a thickener for recipes. Arrowroot is kinda an option because you need half as much of it, but it's still a pure starch . I was thinking maybe gelatin (which is pure protein), but it might end up making food gelatinous instead of just not watery.

I read in the Paleo Diet book about using almond flour as a substitute. ANyone try this?

Any other ideas?
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:02 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone find a good thickener

My wife uses almond flour in a lot of her low carb recipes. I had some stuff she's made with it, and I like it.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:05 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone find a good thickener

The quantities involved are so tiny that it may not be worth the effort to find a good sub. And paleo man did eat starchy tubers, so arrowroot at least arguably qualifies. If you insist on a sub, nut flours of various kinds are probably the best bet, though they might also affect the taste.

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Old 03-18-2010, 10:27 AM   #4
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Re: Anyone find a good thickener

I use reductions, I never liked thickeners.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:27 AM   #5
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Re: Anyone find a good thickener

Maybe you could try Konjac flour.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:42 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone find a good thickener

Like Jamie said, reduction is a great way to thicken. The nut flours are also a good option, but in the grand scheme of things, I agree with Katherine, the amount of starch in a tablespoon or two of cornstarch is not a big deal. There's no gluten in cornstarch either.
1 T. of cornstarch=8g carbs.
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:09 PM   #7
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Re: Anyone find a good thickener

Ironically, Mark's Daily Apple had a story linked in the Weekend Link Love stuff.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-thickener/ ~WFS

You might find something interesting there.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:38 PM   #8
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Re: Anyone find a good thickener

This is just a suggestion being that i haven't actually intentionally tried it as a thickener yet. Ground chia seeds. I bought these the other day cause i've read about them being very nutritious and wanted to try them out.I ground them up and added them to my coconut flour/banana pancakes i was making. The chia thickened that up considerably. I had to add a ridiculous amount of fluid to get it back to a batter consistency. Then with the chia holding so much fluid the pancakes wouldn't cook like a pancake should. I ended up just warming it all up and eating it like a porridge.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:07 AM   #9
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Re: Anyone find a good thickener

Guar Gum, Agar Agar, arrow root, sweet potato starch (yeah, yeah, dont shoot me) and the mothership: natural reductions of rich, gelatinous stocks. Smooth emulsified veggie purees make for nice sauce conduits as well. All depends on the desired end product.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:36 AM   #10
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Fresh pig or chicken blood. (WFS)
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