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What Is Cornstarch (USA) Called In England?

I am pretty sure I know the answer to this, but I would like to hear the answer from someone who knows for sure.

The reason I'm asking is that a member suggested the use of Bird's Custard (which is made in UK). I read the Bird's Custard label. The listed ingredients were cornflour, salt, vanilla, color (annatto).

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As one cannot make a custard with these ingredients, that is, with what we in the USA call corn flour, I'm assuming what is called cornflour in UK is what we in the USA call corn starch.

Can someone tell me from first hand experience whether my assumption is correct? And if it is correct, I have another question. What is that which we in the USA call corn starch, called in UK?

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February 11, 20170 found this helpful
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What we call cornstarch in the US is called cornflour in the UK.

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February 11, 20170 found this helpful

We actually have several designations of milled corn they don't have in the UK. That's because they aren't really big growers and users of corn like we are here. Other grains are more common.

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March 8, 20170 found this helpful

Jamie Oliver reckons the best substitute for cornstartch is Semolina - as its a superior product. Just sayin'.

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March 9, 20170 found this helpful

I love so much of the British terminology, (as the hood of the car being called the bonnet, (I can see how it would apply)). But this time, with corn flour, it doesn't quite work, (except that it is generally accepted).

If a Brit ground corn fine enough, he would have corn flour; what the Spanish call Harina de maíza. One can't get cornstarch (British corn flour) by grinding corn, the starch (again, British corn flour) must be extracted.

I have accepted that cornstarch (USA) is called cornflour in the UK. That still leaves my question, what is corn flour called in the UK; I mean real corn flour, real Harina de maíza.They wouldn't call it corn flour , though it is, because that would confuse everyone. Everyone would think they were talking about corn starch (corn flour).

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March 10, 20170 found this helpful

Here is a good article I found. It looks like it is often called maize flour or polenta flour.

http://www.ochef.com/1041.htm

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May 21, 20170 found this helpful

In the U.K. we would call it maize flour, yellow corn flour, or polenta. You can also buy corn meal which is much more coarse.

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February 10, 20170 found this helpful

It is called cornflour.

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February 10, 20170 found this helpful

Which question are you answering, Judy?

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February 10, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for the spelling correction. I was sure Annatto was spelled with two 't's. On the can label, there appeared to be one. I thought that was the English spelling. On second look, I see there were two.

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

So - did anyone have an answer to the first question?

I am not familiar with this brand so I cannot answer that question but the last question seems to have been answered but I liked the answer from another post that gave the web site to find the answer and I learned several new things just reading the list of definitions.

https://en.wiki  glish_food_terms

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