Enhancing prepared foods with rice starch: hypoallergenic, creamy texture, and freeze-thaw stability.
Rice starch is often preferred in formulations for its hypoallergenic properties, making it ideal for products intended for babies, the elderly, or others with food sensitivities or other digestive issues.
It imparts a particularly creamy texture to foods, which is beneficial in dairy products, sauces, soups, and baby food. Its neutral taste allows it to blend seamlessly into the product without altering the desired flavor. It is a very bright white color and forms a clear gel when cooked, so it’s often used in foods where maintaining a bright color or clear appearance is important.
Rice starch also has good freeze-thaw stability, which means it can withstand the process of freezing, storing, and reheating without breaking down, a property valuable in frozen food production. Its fine particle size results in a smooth texture, which can be useful in applications like sauces, puddings, and custards.
Rice starch is one of several starches that North Central provides, the others being: