We all know that All-Purpose Flour is great for baking and cooking. You can use it as a thickening agent for sauces and gravies, or for coating breaded meats. The Maya Kitchen’s Breaded Pork Chop with Gravy Steak Sauce is a perfect example.
All-Purpose Flour is the most versatile type of flour when it comes to baking. It has a longer shelf life, plus it’s great for all types of baked goods, like Maya Kitchen’s Sweet Corn Muffins and our Brainy Skull Cookies.
Flour’s protein content determines how much gluten it contains. All-Purpose Flour falls in the middle between 9 and 11 percent, so you can count on it to give you the desired texture you need; whether it’s fluffy, flaky, tender, or a combination of the above.
However, as stated in a past article, there are so many other uses for flour in our day-to-day lives. Here are even more nifty uses for this glorious kitchen essential:
Forget buying expensive metal cleaners! Maya All-Purpose Flour works great as a brass and copper cleaner. Simply combine equal parts of flour, vinegar, and salt to create a paste that you can apply to brass or copper. Wait until the mixture has dried, rinse off with water, then wipe until clean and shiny!
You may have found it difficult to open plastic containers that have been kept closed for a while. Avoid getting into this sticky situation by dusting some All-Purpose Flour on the edges of the container the first time you open them.
We mentioned that flour is a good ant repellent in our last article, but did you know you can also use it to keep icky garden pests away from the plants in your garden? Instead of using a chemical repellent, sprinkle some flour on your plants and produce—especially potatoes—to keep them as organic as possible.
Can’t wait to prepare the avocados you bought at the grocery? If they haven’t ripened yet, just put them in a bowl and cover them with flour. In a day or two, you’ll see that the flour has ripened your avocados!
Lately, some commercial baby powder products have been recalled as high talcum content is thought to result in cancer. While this hasn’t been 100% scientifically proven, it’s best to play it safe when it comes to the health of your babies. Whip up some homemade baby powder by cooking a combination of All-Purpose Flour and Brown Flour in a pan over low heat. Set it out to cool and use it to soothe nappy rash. Note that the mixture can be stored in an airtight container where it’ll keep for a few days. But don’t use it for too long. Just cook up a new batch!
Maya All-Purpose Flour certainly is one of the most essential ingredients to have at home for cooking and baking—and for living.
Try out any of our suggestions and let us know by leaving a comment below!