UK Substitute for Corn Starch

I was looking at a recipe for making homemade bath bombs. One of the ingredients was cornstarch. What is this? We have cornflour in the U.K is it the same? Many thanks.


Helen xx

By helen from U.K

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August 30, 20101 found this helpful
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In the UK, cornflour is the same as US corn starch. In the US the corn flour is known as corn meal, which is a rough cut corn to use in baking and cooking.

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August 12, 20100 found this helpful

Helen,I looked this up and yes your cornflour is the same as our cornstarch. I also have this site w/more equals for you:

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Hi keeper60 many thanks for your reply to my request I wasnt quite sure if they were the same many thanks for your help helen xx

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August 14, 20100 found this helpful

keeper always comes up with great help.

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February 4, 20160 found this helpful

I believe the UK word for cornstarch is maize.

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March 12, 20170 found this helpful

In the UK maize is the corn itself, or corn on the cob, or corn kernels. We also call it sweetcorn when it is off the cob and used as a vegetable.


When it is ground to a fine powder that those in the US call corn starch, we call it cornflour. We usually use this for thickening sauce, soup, stews gravy and such like.

Corn meal which is the more roughly ground and usually yellower flour used in bread making we also call corn meal, but it is harder to find in UK shops

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June 9, 20160 found this helpful

Yes but if your trying to make slime add salt for better results

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