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Can't stand the feel of cornstarch...

I like to use cornstarch or a mixture of cornstarch/flour to dredge some fried foods, but the feel of cornstarch on my fingers really makes my skin crawl. I don't know quite how to describe it, kind of dry and squeaky, I guess. Anyone else have this reaction?

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  1. absolutely, I never thought to ask anybody else if they felt the same way!!

    1. Yup. It makes baked goods chalky, too.

      1. Try substituting rice flour for dredging.

        1. Heeheee-- i know what ya mean! To me, it feels like the stuff my awful old dentist used to temporarily fill a tooth. Squeak, squeak!

            1. Johnson's baby powder is mostly cornstarch. I like how it feels.

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              1. re: seamunky

                Now that you mention it, baby powder doesn't bother me. But that usually only involves a dusting. If I had to stick my hand into a dish of it, I would probably have the same reaction.

                1. re: seamunky

                  :) Wow, now that you mentioned it, I do like baby powder too, not that I use it anymore.

                  1. re: seamunky

                    It'll ruin contact lenses. gotta be careful with that stuff.

                    1. re: arktos

                      It is so sad that babies are wearing contacts these days. :)

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        It teaches them hand-eye coordination...:-)

                        1. re: sandylc

                          But it's so tough to get the little buggers to take them off before they go to sleep...

                          1. re: EWSflash

                            You guys are awesome. I am glad that you two know I was joking.

                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                              Actually some babies DO wear contact lenses. But the moms or dads pop 'em in, so unfortunately no help with the hand-eye coordination thing. They have to play video games for that.

                              1. re: visciole


                                Now, I am not so happy finding out babies need contact lenses.

                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  Well, not very many babies do, and look at it this way: the ones that do would probably not be able to see otherwise, so it's all good. :)

                                  1. re: visciole

                                    :) True.

                                    I used to volunteered in the Child Life program in UC Davis Medical Center, and it is often sad to see some of those babies and children struggled so much.

                              2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                I used to have an opthomologist that fitted sharks with contacts so I'm willing to believe most anything about them.

                    2. Yes, I also hate it, especially picking up a full box. Worse than fingernails on the blackboard.

                      1. I'm in. "Unpleasant" is the refrain that goes through my mind when I'm using it, since I don't like to conjure up disturbing images while cooking (or ever, really, hah!). Glad I'm not alone, though; I've never known what to make of the fact that recipes don't mention it.

                        1. You're not alone......other people look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them about the evil cornstarch.