Tapioca maltodextrin is quite simply a food starch that is moderately sweet and almost flavorless. Most starches are like flour; they take in and thicken water and sauces. However, tapioca maltodextrin absorbs and thickens fats, not water.
Tapioca is processed from dried cassava roots found as a native plant in South America. It is very light, so be careful when you open the tapioca maltodextrin container or your kitchen will end up covered in white powder.
Tapioca maltodextrin has excellent stabilizing properties, giving the food a smooth texture. Its most exciting use is in the area of modernist cooking, where it is used by chefs to transform high-fat ingredients into light powders that can be sprinkled on food to give it an exotic taste.
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