Is corn flour the same as  corn starch?


Posted by sanjipanj, 5th February 2014


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  • Cool! Very interesting reading the comments on this!



  • yep exactly the same thing and comes in very handy always have some in the pantry



  • i wondered that too but just thought that it was the american name for it lol



  • You also need t check the ingredient ist as some cornflour is actually made from wheat and some is actually made from corn!



  • I think they are similar but not exactly the same. I wouldn’t bake with corn starch but I would corn flour.



  • there are some good comments here



  • I actually used corn flour to thicken sauces before… no prob :P



  • you might also want to check when you buy corn flour. Some brands are not actually corn.



  • Corn starch (aka cornflour) is a very fine, white powder that is used to thicken sauces, etc, and you can buy it in any supermarket. It can make baked goods go a bit gluggy sometimes if too much it used as a substitute for wheat flour. In Australia in the past, cornflour was the name also given to wheat starch (same very fine, white thickening starch). Now companies need to label correctly. It should be on the front, if not, check the ingredients on the back and if it says “wheaten cornflour” it is not made from corn. If it doesn’t say, don’t buy it.

    Corn flour (aka maize flour) is a light yellow flour made from finely ground corn and is used in a baking and other things. You can buy it from larger supermarkets, or delis, or good fruit shops. It makes a great coating on drumsticks, rissoles, fish, etc, and fabulous yellow pancakes when used with buckwheat flour. You will see it used in American cooking a bit. It can be ground to different degrees, the coarser grounds look a bit finer than polenta.



  • I thought they were the same! Thanks Mouse.Anyway, I always substitute each other and no prob :)



  • Cornstarch vs Corn Flour

    Cornstarch and corn flour show some differences between them. Cornstarch is made from the endosperm of the corn. This is due to the fact that starch constitutes the endosperm of the corn. On the other hand, corn flour is made out of the mixing of endosperm with corn gluten. It is important to know that bran constitutes what is called corn gluten. This is the main difference between cornstarch and corn flour


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