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Old 07-11-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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How to use up A LOT of cornstarch

So I cleaned out& organized my pantry and found THREE BOXES of cornstarch!!! THREE BOXES!
Any suggestions on how to use up at least 2 boxes of it?

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Old 07-11-2010, 01:31 PM   #2
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Why don't you just keep them until you need them?

Corn starch is an ingredient that gets used up slowly as you typically only need a couple of tablespoons at a time.

Give a box or two away.
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Old 07-11-2010, 01:31 PM   #3
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You can use it like baby powder. You can use it to thicken sauces instead of flour,
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:27 PM   #4
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I second the baby powder idea. You can mix it with a scented talcum powder, shake over your sheets on a hot summer night...
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:33 PM   #5
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Most baby powders are cornstarch, not talc, these years. Check the label. I was surprised. You can still find talc powder if you search a little.

The stuff is good for wok cooking as a coating instead of flour. Much crispier.

Cornstarch is also a great substitute for products like Carpet Fresh. Just sprinkle cornstarch on the carpet as you would any powdered carpet deodorizer and vacuum it up. Your rugs will smell clean and fresh.

Also great as a "dry bath" for your dog, if they don't like normal baths. Sprinkle into the hair and then brush it out.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:05 PM   #6
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Why don't you just keep them until you need them?

Corn starch is an ingredient that gets used up slowly as you typically only need a couple of tablespoons at a time.

Give a box or two away.

yeah, giving boxes away was the first thing i considered after realizing it would take at least a couple of years to use it up at the rate i actually do use it. but i would feel kinda silly asking around for if anyone needs cornstarch. :) someone else suggested using it as carpet freshener...that is something i could work with :D
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:06 PM   #7
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I second the baby powder idea. You can mix it with a scented talcum powder, shake over your sheets on a hot summer night...

hmmm. i have never heard of powdering sheets...i'll have to consider that :) thanks
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Most baby powders are cornstarch, not talc, these years. Check the label. I was surprised. You can still find talc powder if you search a little.

The stuff is good for wok cooking as a coating instead of flour. Much crispier.

Cornstarch is also a great substitute for products like Carpet Fresh. Just sprinkle cornstarch on the carpet as you would any powdered carpet deodorizer and vacuum it up. Your rugs will smell clean and fresh.

Also great as a "dry bath" for your dog, if they don't like normal baths. Sprinkle into the hair and then brush it out.

great ideas! especially the carpet deodorizer. thanks!
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:27 PM   #9
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I wouldn't worry too much about it. The stuff lasts forever. I'd just keep them & use them as needed. They won't go bad.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:57 PM   #10
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i dredged fish in cornstarch this past week. crispy coating that was really good when seasoned up with paprika, pepper, garlic powder. may not us flour anymore.
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