Using flour and starch in instant food and food industry – check more here!
Flour can be produced from different varieties of cereal and vegetables and used to various kinds of food.
Flour products like bread or pastry have been made since many centuries. Nowadays there are not many people who make them by themselves. Both men and women are employed and they do rarely have enough time to cook meals that take hours to be ready. The modern solution are instant meals that take minutes to be ready to eat and also can be easily kept for a long time before being eaten.
The best example are chinese noodles that you can use in many types of instant soups and also sold as an ingredient of asian meals. They are made of wheat flour with a comparatively big amount of water what makes them soft by comparison to normal hard pasta that have to be boiled for at least a few minutes. The instant soup with asian noodles needs only to be poured over by hot water to be ready. You can also prepare the noodles on a frying pan with other ingredients of the meal to safe time.
There also rice noodles and soyabean noodles (that are accually made of mung beans flour).
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They have the same attribute – being easy to prepare just putting them into boiling water for several minutes.
Similar idea was developed in snack industry. There are businesses that sell dry snack forms to the snack companies – see more snack pellets – link -. So called snack pellets can be turned into ready to eat snacks that we can find in every local shop. The process of turning a snackpellet to a ready snack is frying or baking. Baking is more healthful beacuse the snack contains in effect less fat, is lighter and has less calories. The flour used in snacks is mostly made of corn, potatoes, rice, wheat and mixes of some of them.
Flour is also used as a thickening agent in ready sauces, sandwich sauces, dips and salat dressings (like ketchup, garlic sauce, barbecue sauce, vinaigrette etc.). The flour used to thicken the sauce or soup is not a new invention. In old recipes it was often used, mainly the potato flour and starch. Potato starch is often called potato flour despite it is not exactly the same.The difference between flour and starch is how they are being made – the flour is made of boiled potatoes, the starch from raw ones – read more about snackpellets.
As we see, the flour is present in most of the ready meals that we prepare daily. Also industry uses its advantage – it is easy to keep fresh for a long time when it is dry and it is also fast to prepare. Unfortunately it can be also a danger for our health because eating too much flour can cause obesity. So it is important to have a choice between fast and slow food and take time to cook for ourselves at least once a week.