xanthan gum

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I want to use a recipe for vanilla paste calling for 1 1/2 teas xanthan gum . Can I substitute cornstarch?
 
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Probably not. They thicken by totally different mechanisms.

Cornstarch requires heat to thicken. Xanthan thickens by mechanical shear.
 
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