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A place to share any helpful hint, from cooking in the kitchen to getting gum out of hair. A place to pass on our fore-mothers ideas on things and solutions. Will be fun to see what type of different problem solving solutions get posted here, and are tested.
Apr 12, 2015
Many commercial double-acting baking powders in the US contain small amounts of aluminum. (The "double action" comes from the addition of sodium aluminum sulfate, which causes the powder to react more slowly to heat, as in the oven.) With this in mind, why not try making your own baking powder at home, from scratch? This home-made single-acting baking powder won't behave much differently in your baking than the double-acting type does. Additionally, homemade baking powder gets around one of the main problems with the storebought stuff: it stops working over time. When you make your own from scratch, in small batches, you know it's going to work right every time.
The method is simple. To make the one teaspoon of commercial baking powder, mix together:
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cornstarch (cornflour, for UK bakers)
That's all there is to it. To make larger quantities, just increase the amounts in proportion.
Please note that there are also aluminum-free commercial baking powders on the market: one of them (in North America) is Rumford. Check the labels of your local brands to see what secondary raising agents they add.
(By the way, here's a way to test whether your baking powder is still good: Boil half a cup of water and add half a teaspoon of the baking powder to it. If it fizzes and froths up energetically, it's fine. If it doesn't react, or reacts weakly, get rid of it: it's no good and your baking will come out flat.)
From: "European Cuisines"
Dec 6, 2014
Whole Flaxseeds VS Flaxseed Meal or Pre-ground Flaxseed Powder
This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we get: "Why buy whole flaxseeds instead of flaxseed powder or meal?"
"Flaxseed meal" refers to the by-product of the oil pressing process. During this industrial process, the oil is pressed out of the seed and sold as flaxseed oil. The remaining pulp, dietary fiber, and protein is sold as "flaxseed meal". Unfortunately, what most consumers don't understand is that much of the heart healthy properties of flaxseed, such as the omega-3 fatty acids, have been extracted into the oil.
Consumers also don't realize that many of these companies that sell flaxseed meal or oil perform this process in an industrial setting.
Immediately after flaxseed has been processed or pressed the interior of the seed is exposed to air and the process of oxidation begins. Oxidation quickly destroys the medically beneficial compounds such as omega-3 fatty acid that are found in flax seeds.
As is so often the case, mother nature knows best and the heart healthy benefits of "whole flaxseed" that are ground just prior to use is significantly more beneficial than trying to recombine the parts of flaxseed meal and flaxseed oil processed in a warehouse. Research has shown that important medical properities are found in all parts of the flaxseed and the entire seed will provide the maximum benefit.
Our (Great Plains Flax) whole flaxseeds are 100% natural, gluten-free and straight from the farm with no secondary processing performed on them. They grown right here in the USA and are also some of the highest purity available to the public.
When comparing products always be sure to read the product label carefully to determine how natural the product is and whether any post-processing has been done to the seeds.
Nov 25, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
Ants have a strong sense of smell. Place cinnamon sticks and peeled sliced garlic cloves around window tracks or holes. Replace the cloves every 3 days until ants are gone. PLANT MINT AROUND THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR HOUSE.
Ants leave a scented trail so they can easily find their way back to the food source in your home. WASH AWAY THE TRAILS with equal parts water & white distilled vinegar to confuse them.
Sep 22, 2013
Sep 8, 2013
Do you have any helpful hints, techniques, etc that can help me use this new thing to the fullest?
I wasn't sure where to post this - if it needs to be somewhere else or if there is a forum for convection ovens can you point me in the right direction? Thanks.
Aug 22, 2013
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Aug 15, 2013