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How to make starch from frosted potatoesIf perchance you would like to make your own starch instead of buying pure starch or just ironing the wrinkly article, here is a recipe for making starch from frosted potatoes, with the language modernized from the 1881 Household Cyclopedia:
Nearly frozen ("frosted") potatoes can be used to make a good, but impure (slightly dark) starch that can be used to starch dark-colored clothes. It should not be used on light-colored clothes, such as dress shirt collars or nuns' wimples.
The remaining potato solids can be used to clean wool clothes without affecting their color, and the water filtered from the starch powder is excellent for cleaning silks without affecting their color.
This all of course begs the question of why you would want to know how to make starch from frosted potatoes. Perhaps the information will be useful for someone writing an historical novel about 19th-century nuns caught in a snowstorm?
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