What happens when you mix flour and water?


Quick Answer

Flour and water can be mixed together to produce a thickener, a paste or a batter. The end result of mixing flour and water depends on the ratio of flour to water as well as on the temperature of the flour and the water.

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Mixing one part water to two parts flour produces a paste that can be used for paper mache projects or even in place of glue. Adding 2 tablespoons of flour to 1/4 cup of cold water produces a thickener that increases the density of sauces, stews or gravies. Equal parts flour and ice water mixed together along with the yolk of an egg produce a tempura batter, which is a batter commonly used to fry food in Japanese cooking.

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