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Potato starch has no gluten and is safe for celiacs and persons with wheat allergies. It can be used as a coating for fried products with better browning properties than rice flour.
Don't Do: Many Chinese recipes (and some Western recipes) coat meat, fish, fowl or other foods with cornstarch before frying. The cornstarch keeps the food from sticking to the pan - but also thickens the sauce when the items are simmered with liquids after frying. Coating with the more powerful potato starch will then require a lot more liquid resulting in a larger amount of less flavorful sauce than you probably want.
Potato starch is becoming easier to find. Practically every ethnic market
has it, usually packaged in plastic bags, but it may still be hard to find
Instant Mashed Potatoes
In addition to the obvious use, faking up mashed potatoes, these products are used as a thickening ingredient in some recipes.
Dehydrated potato flakes are also a big item for survivalists awaiting
nuclear winter and for Mormons uncomfortable with the
idea of depending on seagulls.
The photo specimens were from Frito-Lay, a company that has participated
in developing a number of potato cultivars specific to their processing
needs. Potatoes, Sunflower Oil and/or Corn Oil, Salt. The color is uniformly
very light, probably to minimize formation of acrylamide.
Frozen Potato Products
Whole baked potatoes and chunks of baked potatoes as well as frozen
mashed potatoes are all available to the restaurant and frozen dinner