Thickening Agents

 

Thickening agents (or thickeners), are added to food to increase its viscosity without substantially changing its flavour or colour. They may be used in a number of ways - for example to thicken soups, stews or gravies; as the basis of a sauce; or as a glaze.

Any type of starchy meal or flour can be used as a thickener, including plain flour, cornflour or rice flour. To avoid the formation of any lumps, these flours should be mixed with an equal amount of cold liquid to form a smooth paste, then whisked into the liquid that needs to be thickened. Once the thickener is added, it should be cooked briefly to thicken the sauce and to remove the starchy flavour.

Find out about the range of different thickeners by simply selecting one from the menu below: