What can I do with wheat starch?
April 13, 2019 12:41 PM   Subscribe

I bought a bag of 450 grs of wheat starch, because I was not paying attention and thought it was wheat gluten. How can I put it to use?

I'm open to suggestions in the areas of cooking, baking and crafts. I'm not much of a baker or cook, but I could make cake, cookies or pudding; I'm pretty crafty but I do not sew much, or well.
Recipes need to be suitable for vegetarians; no other restrictions apply.

I'm eagerly awaiting the genius of the hive mind, and thanking you in advance.
posted by Too-Ticky to Grab Bag (5 answers total)
Paste for book conservation. A less fussy version might work for paper mache.
posted by Botanizer at 1:07 PM on April 13, 2019

It makes a paste that used to be used to hang wallpaper. So, so it it not too acidic or reactive for art use. I used it to attach cloth to paper for making sumi-e scrolls.
posted by Oyéah at 2:04 PM on April 13, 2019

I'd use that wheat starch to make the dough for har gow (those shrimp dumplings you'll often see at dim sum) or fung gow (the pork version).

You can also make Omanian halwa - more context here.
posted by Pandora Kouti at 2:18 PM on April 13, 2019

Wheat starch is used to make wrappers for potstickers or other dumplings--you can easily make a vegetarian filling, just make sure it's something that's not too wet.

You can also use it to thicken sauces or puddings--like you'd use corn starch or tapioca.
posted by crush at 2:58 PM on April 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

You can use wheat starch paste to adhere pretty cloth to glass for privacy (windows) or decoration (glass doors cabinets). It also works on varnished wood, though I havent tried that personally. I adheres well and comes off easily when you want to remove it.
posted by ananci at 5:54 PM on April 13, 2019

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