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Available Cornstarch Brands on the Grocers Shelves
Choosing a 'safe' brand of Cornstarch for your home needs
Home baking should be safer than buying baked goods from you grocers' shelves. Learning which brands to are safe to use, can be time consuming. Food safety should always be the highest priority.
If you are like i am when it comes to trying to avoid foods that are unsafe, and unhealthy, it can be a daunting task to find the healthy ones in your grocery stores.
Cooking anything fresh at home is always the best alternative. We have become so accustomed to buying everything we need for nourishment in the "ready to eat" form, that it has us spinning in circles when trying to find foods available now that are healthy, nourishing, and safe to feed ourselves, our families, and especially our children.
In the "olden days" [when i was young] we did not really have this problem since most things we bought were grown locally and cooked at home by our stay at home mothers.
Today's world is much different, and there are almost as many "mother's" working, as there are fathers. Taking the time to find foods to buy that are locally grown, and cooking them fresh at home, is not only a task in finding them, but a 'must' to ensure healthy, nourishing, and safe foods to eat.
With the government allowing the introduction of GMO corn products in this country, by our ignorant politicians, it is also quite a task to find any store bought 'ready to eat' foods that do not have any kind of corn, or corn byproducts in them. But, they are out there, as long as one is willing to take the time to read labels before buying them.
Today i want to tell you about Cornstarch that we have taken for granted in our cooking recipes for hundreds of years. All cornstarch products are NOT created equal.
I recently bought the Clabber Girl Cornstarch brand for my baking recipes, and did not read the label before i bought it, or even give its ingredients much thought. It was simply a matter of habit to just take it off the shelf as we have been doing all our lives.
The Ingredients listed on the label are as follows:
- Sodium Bicarbonate
- Sodium Aluminum Sulfate
- Monocalcium Phosphate
It is made in the USA which is a plus. but i needed to know what corn they use to make it. There was no (800) number to call, but they did list their website address as:
- Clabber Girl - America's #1 Baking Powder
Clabber Girl is America's leading selling baking powder with over 150 years of history. We offer cooking and baking ingredients for consumer, commercial and industrial use.
Choosing healthy versus unhealthy
So, i visited their website and inquired via email about the origins of the corn they use to make their products.
Today i receive the following email that i would like to share with all the bakers in hub land.
To: d.william:Our Rumford brands contain cornstarch that was produced from corn that is not genetically modified.
To ensure that this cornstarch is kept segregated from regularly produced cornstarch made from genetically modified corn, we are inspected yearly by the Indiana Crop Improvement Association and are certified by them as a facility manufacturing products that meet standards set forth for segregation of non-genetically modified food products.
The ingredients in Rumford Non-GMO Baking Powder are man-made, but originate from all natural materials;
- the sodium bicarbonate is made from rock that is mined from the earth,
- the monocalcium phosphate is made from limestone rock from the earth that is then mixed together with phosphoric acid,
- the cornstarch, as mentioned above, that comes from corn that has not been genetically modified.
Clabber Girl baking powder contains cornstarch made from a regular stock of corn.
This corn may or may not contain varieties associated with genetic modification. This cornstarch is not certified as identity preserved.
Thank you, Crystal ficken, Clabber girl corp., Terre haute Indiana
I promptly threw away the container of Clabber Girl Cornstarch i had recently purchased that prompted this article, and will replace with the Rumford brand.
So, the bottom line for all you bakers out there - you can feel safe in using the Rumford brand (if you feel safe enough to believe anything the food manufacturers tell us), but should avoid using the Clabber Girl brand until such time as they can certify that it is also made from "certified non GMO corn".
It is prudent to always err on the side of caution and buy foods that are labeled NON-GMO.
It is only a matter of time before this country wakes up and realizes that profits should never have priority over safety in our food supplies. We can only hope that in the meantime those GMO products that we have already been consuming, without our knowing it, does not cause some sort of "genetic shifting" that is fatal, causing us an untimely and horrible death, and irreversible genetic damage that will be passed on from generation to generation.
If our FDA, and USDA, were doing their jobs in the first place the "testing" of these foods would not be being done on live humans. Corporate America is proving to NOT be our friends, or even "people friendly".
Hope this has been helpful, and here's wishing ya'all happy and healthy baking at home.
by: d.william 08/16/2013
Are we simply human lab rats being used to experiment on?
- GMO-GLOBAL ALERT. Superweeds & Superworms. Why is the U.S. condoning this travesty?
Is this the right way to kill off some of the human population? Messing with God's creations and mother nature can only lead to disaster. Are we dooming our children to sterility?
Note: this disclaimer was added at the bottom of the email i received today:
There is nothing confidential in this email, and it is my choice to share its contents to all who are interested in knowing what is in our foods, and in learning all we can about the choices we have when selecting foods to ingest.
"This message may contain confidential information intended only for the named addressee(s). If that is not you, please notify the sender, delete it and do not read, print, disclose, copy, forward or otherwise act upon it. The company is not responsible for any loss/damage arising from any virus/error associated with this transmission. This exchange does not constitute a contract, even if the name and title of the sender is included in a signature block."