Arrowroot is a nutritious, easy to digest, superior carbohydrate (vital for the proper ph balance). It's health-building properties may be due to the calcium, and trace mineral content. It soothes uneasy stomachs and alleviates diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
This is a whole food because it's not refined; it's simply the dried and powdered root. When heated in water, it thickens, making it an excellent thickening agent for gravies, sauces and pastries. It will not make the sauce cloudy, as will cornstarch, flour or other starchy thickening agents. Arrowroot is gluten-free. Sourced from Nourishing Traditions.
Often used to effectively treat digestive complaints, many of us have learned to keep Arrowroot powder on hand for the unexpected upset stomach or diarrhea. It soothes the digestive track bringing an end to any "storm" that's brewing.
Arrowroot is gluten free, easily digested and quite nourishing. A great choice for a hot cereal for children and the elderly alike.
Arrowroot is not just a healthier choice as a thickener relative to constarch. There are many other ways to use this powdered tropical root, and here are just a few:
1. Add Arrowroot to your homemade Ice cream
Anyone that has made ice cream at home knows how rock hard it can get in the freezer. It also forms crystals that make it seem like it's been sitting in the freezer for months rather than days. Add a little Arrowroot to your ice cream recipes for more managable scooping and smoother texture.
2. Mix Arrowroot with home-ground flour
We all know that store bought flour is lacking the nourishment it once had when it was first ground. But hardly any flour made at home compares with the store bought stuff. If that is how you feel about it too, try mixing some Arrowroot with your home-ground flours next time you bake a cake. You'll be surpriced how much more like the store bought flour it will be. For every cup of flour called for in a cake recipe, I substitute 3/4 cup hard white wheat flour plus 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot powder (sift together with a fine mesh strainer). I use this with muffins and scones, too.
Uses: We use Arrowroot as a thickener and to increase nutrition in many food recipes. We particularly like it in sauces, gravies, vegetable and meat dishes, ice cream, and cereals. It's an excellent thickener that adds nourishment to your dishes versus cornstarch which is highly processed. Elena's Pantry happens to also make frequent use of it too.
Voice of Experience: To use arrowroot powder as a thickener, mix equal parts of powder and cold (or room temperature) liquid to form a slurry. Then, stir it into your warm or hot liquid for about 30 seconds until blended. You'll want to remove it from the heat quickly because over heating tends to diminish arrowroot's thickening properties. One tablespoon of arrowroot will thicken about one cup of liquid. In baking, use 1 part arrowroot for about 2 parts flour.
Storage: Like many other bulk foods, Arrowroot stores fairly well. It should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. We keep ours by the spices in the kitchen.
Questions?: Check out Frequently Asked Questions.
July 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm
I used arrowroot in my daughter's formula for over 20months at every feeding, she was unable to tolerate the regular milk, so I added the arrowroot to her soy milk; it is an excellent thickner and this kept her full and happy. I had no problems with this and baby always had a very good nap after each meal.
March 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm
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December 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm
though I am a chef, it is time for me to use this arrowroot powder as a substitute to eggs and widely use it for celiac meals and gluten free thickening agent and binding agent, and I will start my test kitchen sooner for my healthy eats seekers as well as vegetarians.
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Posted by Unknown on 15th Nov 2013
Looking forward to trying it.
Posted by Meera on 11th Nov 2013
You can use Arrowroot to feed ur babies, as it soothes baby's tummy and intestine as well. Its very gud fr babies who has reflux. Good Luck.
Posted by jenny on 4th Nov 2013
I had never tried arrowroot powder before, but had read about its benefits. So, I ordered some and tried it first in peanut butter cookies. Fantastic!!
Posted by Lora on 29th Oct 2013
I have been using arrowroot off and on for many years as a thickening agent, but decided to try it for it's nutritional benefits. So, I have been adding it to my morning kefir smoothie. Thanks for the tidbits.
Posted by Sarah on 26th Oct 2013
I don't use normal baby powder but use arrowroot instead for my son. This stuff works great on a sore or raw bum!
Posted by Julie on 16th Oct 2013
I often use arrowroot in baking since we are gluten free. In cake recipe that call for small amounts of flour simple replace with arrowroot with beautiful results. I often mix it about half and half with coconut flour in muffin or cookie recipes with the addition of an extra egg or two. I also use it as a thickener in gravies and sauces (such as alfredo sauce).
Posted by felix on 13th Oct 2013
known for digestibility & an ultimate stomach purifier
Posted by Elena Puffer on 11th Oct 2013
I love this flour. It has a natural taste which is different from the refine flower.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Sep 2013
I'm excited about the possibilities that Arrowroot powder is bringing to my healthy kitchen. Its a great product to use for "disguising health", and it's also a healthy alternative to corn starch, etc.
Posted by Unknown on 31st Jan 2013
Someone told me that I should try it on my little Emily, and I'm glad I did.
Posted by Sue on 31st Jan 2013
This is really good stuff. It's white. It's powdery. And it can be used for all kinds of things. If I had to put it into one word, I'd say it's "very useful" - oops, that's two.