How to Use Arrowroot Powder as a Thickener

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How to Use Arrowroot Powder as a Thickener
Use arrowroot powder instead of flour for a clearer, thickened sauce or gravy. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Create thickened sauces or pie fillings without turning them milky by choosing the right starch thickener. Arrowroot powder does not turn sauces cloudy, and it works at temperatures below a simmer, but avoid using this starch thickener for sauces you will reheat as it thins with reheating or heating above a simmer. (see reference 2 pg 276) Adding the arrowroot powder directly to the simmering sauce will result in clumping. The secret to a smooth sauce with arrowroot powder is a slurry.

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Things you need

  • 2 cups sauce
  • Whisk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder

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  1. 1

    Bring the sauce base to a simmer over medium-low heat.

  2. 2

    Whisk 1/4 cup water and 2 tbsp arrowroot powder together to make a slurry.

  3. 3

    Stir the slurry into the simmering sauce and heat for one minute or until thickened.

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