7.28.2010

What the *bleep* is cornstarch?!


Why did it take me 4 trips to the grocery to find





THIS?!?

Frustration.


What is it anyway? All I know is that I had a blueberry pie to make and I needed it.


Maybe this comes with being a new wife/homemaker but there are still some major things I am
learning about cooking and cleaning (john taught me to clean out the lent trap in the dryer and how to use dryer sheets. It's a wonder my clothes have made
it all these years.) Anyway, a few weeks ago I wanted to make a beef dish that called for cornstarch so I went to Walmart and it was no where to be found. I stood in front the flour and sugar for 15 minutes and stared and stared. I just knew that it had to be there somewhere! I called my mother...

"What the *bleep* is cornstarch???

She told me that I was in the right place and it would be near the flour. WRONG! So, I just assumed that they were out an I would just try again.

Kroger. No luck.

Kroger again. No luck.

Kroger again again!! Success!

All I had to do was turn around, it is NOT with the flour.

So, I got to do what I wanted to do, and here it is...


Blueberry Filling:
4 cups (570 grams) fresh blueberries
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons (20 grams) cornstarch (corn flour)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest

*I tried to make my own crust first but then I burnt it so I had to start all over and just went with a Pillsbury crust. But here's the recipe anyway...

Short Crust Pastry:
2 1/2 cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon (30 grams) granulated white sugar
1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into 1 inch (2.54 cm) pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup (60 - 120 ml) ice water
The crust was amazing, I just don't know why it burnt in our oven.
Here is the demolished lemon which yielded a lovely zest.


The insides.

End product on my lap on the way to our new friends Adam and Kendra's house.


John's last piece.


Bye bye Miss American Pie.





The cornstarch was with the baking soda and powder by the way...

8 comments:

Erin said...

haha cornstarch is hard to find in the grocery store! so don't stress when you cant find certain ingredients! :) I call my mom ALL the time! your pie looks yummy!!!!!!

makaylamurphy said...

HAHAHA! Hard to find but can be very handy! It's a thickener so i use it to make stews like Gumbo or green chili!! yum yummmy!:) Also to thicken any juices left over from meat to make gravy! You just can't put it straight into the liquid, you have to dissolve it in a little water first so it doesn't clump!! :) Love ya

makaylamurphy said...

PS. the pie looks sensational!!!

slaphappy1225 said...

rach. i freakin love you. it's a LINT trap not a LENT trap haha! it traps lint:)
ashley

Tunes & Spoons said...

Well, doesn't that just prove my point further? Dangit...

Sara said...

Cornstarch makes soups and sauces thick! Just add it to anything that you want to be thicker.

Also, I LOVE making pies! We should make some together!

Also, I don't know Adam and Kendra very well, but I remember when they were in our ward. They seem like really nice and fun friends!

Stephanie said...

Before you start adding cornstarch to sauces, I'll save you some frustration. Mix cornstarch with water or some of the sauce liquid before adding it. Adding it straight to the mixture almost always results in clumps. :)

brittners85 said...

Since you're new at this, I'll let you in on 2 tips: 1. You can also use a dryer sheet to dust with. 2. If a recipe calls for Oleo...that's butter. I searched for 'oleo' all around Walmart one night, aking every old lady I saw what it was...you know cause all old ladies bake. Finally someone finally pointed me in the right direction. Butter! Seriously?

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