Native cornstarch is the most common type of starch and it has many applications in the cooking and food preparation industries. It is a very fine, white powder that is odorless and has a neutral to mild cereal taste. It is most commonly used as a thickening agent that helps achieve the desired texture and viscosity.

Native cornstarch is used in many food products such as soups, meat preparations, sauces, pasta, creams, and pastries, mainly for its gelling, texturizing, or thickening properties. Cornstarch can thicken ingredients, retain moisture, reduce viscosity, offer freeze-thaw stability, stabilize ingredients, and replace fats. It is also a gelling agent and flour adjuster for biscuits and cakes. Finally, cornstarch is useful as an anti-caking agent. Shredded cheese is often coated with a thin dusting of cornstarch to prevent it from clumping in the package. Cornstarch will also help absorb moisture from condensation and prevent a slimy texture from developing.

The Ettlinger Corporation is a native cornstarch supplier for a variety of food applications. We offer gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly native cornstarch in the following quantities:

  • 50 lbs. (50 lbs.) paper bags
  • 2,500-pound (1,134 kg) pallet

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Because it is almost pure starch, cornstarch is the most efficient and versatile thickener of all the starches. It gelatinizes at a higher temperature than root starches; however, the thickening happens very quickly once the temperature is reached. It creates a cloudy slurry when cold so it is problematic when sauces or gels need to be clear (for example, berry pies). Finally, cornstarch is not recommended in acidic foods or ingredients, because the acid may break down the starch molecules and leave a thin, watery sauce.

Starch type Color Clarity Texture Flavor Gel structure
Cornstarch White Opaque Smooth; Very fine Neutral Firm
Potato starch Clear white Transparent Pulpy None Sticky
Rice starch Very white Opaque Smooth; Very fine Neutral Soft and creamy
Wheat starch White; Off-white Opaque to Cloudy Smooth; Fine Neutral Soft and creamy



Native cornstarch is a functional ingredient in numerous applications in various food systems. It is typically used in the following applications:

  • Meat
  • Snack and cereals
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Sauces
  • Dry soup mix
  • Bakery
  • Frozen foods
  • Salad dressing
  • Confectionery
  • Batters and breading


The following are some of the benefits and functions of native cornstarch powder:

  • Binding
  • Thickening
  • Freeze-thaw stability
  • Texturizing
  • Moisture retention
  • Gelling agent
  • Film-forming
  • Anti-caking
  • Dusting
  • Dough binding
  • Increases yield
  • Cost optimization
  • Improves appearance
  • Increases shelf-life
  • Improves mouth-feel
  • Fat replacement
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO available
  • Vegan friendly


As a native cornstarch supplier, Ettlinger Corporation carries high-quality, natural, modified, and organic starches for companies to improve their product performance. As the markets get more and more competitive, we have the ingredients to push your product to the top.

For more information about our high-quality native cornstarches, contact us today.


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