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Can't stand the feel of cornstarch...

gmm Mar 31, 2012 07:01 PM

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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    smartie Mar 31, 2012 08:43 PM

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

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      sandylc Mar 31, 2012 08:52 PM

      Yup. It makes baked goods chalky, too.

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        sandylc Mar 31, 2012 08:53 PM

        Try substituting rice flour for dredging.

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          chez cherie Mar 31, 2012 09:14 PM

          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. Chemicalkinetics Mar 31, 2012 09:25 PM

            Hmm, I don't.

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              seamunky Mar 31, 2012 11:55 PM

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

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              1. re: seamunky
                gmm Apr 1, 2012 02:22 AM

                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.

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                  Chemicalkinetics Apr 1, 2012 07:35 AM

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

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                    arktos Apr 1, 2012 09:15 AM

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

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                      Chemicalkinetics Apr 1, 2012 09:19 AM

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

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                        sandylc Apr 1, 2012 10:00 AM

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

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                          EWSflash Apr 1, 2012 10:57 AM

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

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                            Chemicalkinetics Apr 1, 2012 11:09 AM

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

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                              visciole Apr 1, 2012 02:51 PM

                              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.

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                                Chemicalkinetics Apr 1, 2012 03:07 PM


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

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                                  visciole Apr 1, 2012 03:12 PM

                                  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. :)

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                                    Chemicalkinetics Apr 1, 2012 03:17 PM

                                    :) 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.

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                                arktos Apr 1, 2012 02:53 PM

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

                    2. visciole Apr 1, 2012 02:48 PM

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

                      1. monfrancisco Apr 1, 2012 03:29 PM

                        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. jlbwendt Apr 2, 2012 08:30 AM

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

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