What is Potato Flour?
Potato flour or potato powder, is a fine powder made from potato.
It is considered a healthy alternative to white flour,
The flour is gluten free and nutritious, see nutritional information of potatoes.
How To Make Potato Flour
- Peel the potatoes and wash well
- Cut into thin slices
- Place potato in a pot add water and allow to boil for 2 to 3 mins (this helps to prevent the potatoes from browning)
- Turn off the stove and drain out the water
- Spread out the potatoes in a tray and place under the sun to dry. Other options for drying are oven and dehydrator.
- Once the potatoes are fully dry, place in a blender and grind
- Grind until the powder is smooth
- Store in an airtight container
What is Potato Flour Used For
- It’s used as a thickener in soup and sauce,
- It’s used to bake in different recipes. It’s preferred for baking because of its ability to hold water.
- It lasts between three to four month if stored properly
This is extracted starch from potatoes.
How to Make Potato Starch
The process of making potato starch is similar to how you make akamu (pap) from corn.
Let’s go through the process
- Peel and wash the potatoes
- Blend or grate the fresh potatoes
- Put the blended potato paste in a chiffon bag or cheese bag
- Put water in a bowl, dip the bag with potato paste in the water and squeeze or open up the bag over a bowl or
- Pour water into the bag and rinse the potato paste several times. This process breaks down the potato cells.
- Allow the water to sit for several hours; this allows the starch to settle down.
- Decant the water.
- Put the starch paste in a muslin bag to remove the rest of the water.
- Sun dry the starch or use a dehydrator or oven.
- Grind in a blender to have a smooth powder.
- Store in a clean, airtight container.
Difference Between Potato Flour and Potato Starch
Potato flour has fiber, protein, and flavor on the other hand potato starch is pure flavorless starch.
The starch does not absorb much water unlike the flour that absorbs water.
Potato starch is white in colour while the flour assumes whatever colour of potato used to produce it.
Uses of Potato Starch
An alternative to flour, it’s gluten free, used in baking recipes.
Serves as a thickener
Used to coat food for frying for example chicken.
Potato starch has a long shelf life and can stay up to a year.