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    Arrowroot Flour can be exchanged for flour as follows: 1/2 tbsp of Arrowroot flour = 1 tbsp of wheat flour.
    Ingredients: Arrowroot flour and is 23% starch.

    I'm looking for the most "Primal" thickening agent. That is vegan for my vegan friends, but I'm wanting it primal for me. Egg as a thickner is out of the question for my guests.

    At some point, humans had begun using fire for heat and for cooking. I don't think they were thinking about how to thicken sauces, or making flower, but hey maybe they were? In any case I was looking at Arrowroot and was wondering if this was a primal alternative. Archaeological studies in the Americas show evidence of arrowroot cultivation as early as 7,000 years ago. That would make it Mesolithic at least (10,000 to between 6000 and 4000 BC) if not Neolithic (begins ca. 8000 BC).

    I was also looking at Tapioca flour, but there are poisons associated with it so the processing of the "flour" is quite extensive to remove it. The processing of arrowroot is minimal! Wash with water a couple of times and pulverize with a mortar and pestle.

    Guar Gum comes from a legume. So that's out as an option.

    Xanthan gum was developed in the 1960 and it has to be synthysized from glucose. So it does'nt even derive from a plant. That option is out too.

    I find it interesting that we Primals don't talk too much about Arrowroot Flour, (as a flower substitute or as a thickening agent.)

    What is your opinion or advise? Are there other acceptable thickeners out there that you all are using? Thank you!

  • #2
    I have arrowroot and have used it a few times, mostly for sauces. I don't see anything wrong with it once in a while.

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    • #3
      Hey D - Why do you say once in awhile? Using it on a regular basis in not a good idea?

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      • #4
        I don't know if it's ok to use regularly. I just don't happen to use it much, but I do have it in my kitchen just in case I need it.

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        • #5
          i used coconut milk last night in a shrimp stir fry... veggies work well too...
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          • #6
            also... why are you trying to accomodate to vegans??? would they smoke you a brisket if you were coming to dinner? just a thought...
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            • #7
              That's a very good point, lol!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MalPaz View Post
                also... why are you trying to accomodate to vegans??? would they smoke you a brisket if you were coming to dinner? just a thought...
                I've thought about this, and discarded it as unworthy. I wouldn't expect a Jewish person to cook me bacon, and veganism is akin to a religious belief in my mind. It's a diet with morality and ethics tied tightly in. I don't try to change my vegan friends or family, because I love and respect them. When they come to dinner, I make sure there is delicious and real food for them. When I eat at there houses, (ugh) I come away hungry! lol Mostly because I don't like eating frankenfood.
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                -John Lennon

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MalPaz View Post
                  also... why are you trying to accomodate to vegans??? would they smoke you a brisket if you were coming to dinner? just a thought...
                  LOL...only if it was Tofu Brisket...

                  I had some vegan friends make me Tofu-turkey at Thanksgiving before and it was a really sweet gesture.

                  When faced with this:


                  OR this, I'll take this please:
                  Last edited by Beef Cake; 05-07-2010, 09:16 AM.
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                  • #10
                    That's a nice lookin' piece of meat! Yeah baby!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                      That's a nice lookin' piece of meat! Yeah baby!
                      Does my meat make you [hungry] baby?

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                      • #12
                        I would go with the arrowroot. It seems to work similarly to corn starch, but requires a much smaller quantity; so you can cook as you're used to with minimal disruption.

                        Good luck, I hope this helps.

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