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5 ways cornstarch can change your life, in and out of the kitchen

Look through your favorite gravy recipe or read the back of a powdered sugar package, and you might notice a common ingredient: cornstarch. If humans could put this versatile starch in everything, we just might—it helps us fry crispy tofu and extract gold from rock, to name two of the jobs it does well. But odds are you’re underutilizing it in your own life.  What makes cornstarch so useful? To fully realize cornstarch’s potential, you must understand it. At the…

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Get this: Fungus can make trash smell like strawberries

You might not think of mushrooms as great cooks. But fungi, as it happens, could be a wonderful way to make flavors. By using fungal enzymes to transform other biological material, it’s possible to create some rather pleasant aromas. Scientists have found a way to generate a potent wild strawberry scent by allowing one particular fungus to work on the pulp, seeds, and skin of black currants, a type of berry commonly grown in Europe. They published their results on…