Let’s clear the confusion and get simple answers to the differences between potato and tapioca starches, a staple in any kitchen pantry. NW Food is a specialist supplier of these amazing ingredients. Here it is…

Potato Starch

Potato starch, otherwise known as potato flour, is obtained from the root of potatoes. The roots are crushed, and in that process the starches are released. The starch is separated and dried out, resulting in a fine, white soft powder.

Potato starch acts as a fantastic thickener, binding and gluing agent in food preparation. It also serves as an anti-caking and bulking ingredient, making it a very useful item. Sauces thickened with potato starch will be very silky and glossy, a great benefit for cooks!

Potato starch can be used for a multitude of foods such as soups, gravy’s, sauces, bakery cream, cakes, pastries, sausages, noodles and custard. This is a perfect ingredient for professionals in the meat, dry blending, and baking industries.

Tapioca Starch

Tapioca starch (or flour) is produced or extracted from the cassava root. Once the roots are full grown, they are collected and processed to extract the starch. After processing, tapioca starch is a fine light yellow powder.

Tapioca starch is an excellent gluten-free alternative to using mainstream grain flours, and it is this appeal that has made it a must-have ingredient. This is one of the purest forms of starch available, so besides being gluten free, it’s also free from sugar and low in calories.

Tapioca starch as its potato starch counterpart, is also used as a thickening and binding agent, and adds great moisture to products. It works well when combined with other gluten free flours, perfect for adding crispiness to pie crusts and pizzas. Even use tapioca starch for making flatbreads, pancakes, gluten free breads, cookies, puddings and custard.

Why Buy from Novawes NW Food

Contact us for all your tapioca and potato starch requirements – Nowaves is a specialist industrial food supplier and carries a range of sought-after and niche ingredients you will need to take your food profession to greater heights!