Category Archives: Cooking Basics

Plant-Based Diet: Practical Tips for Meal Planning

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Plant-based meal planning isn’t complicated but it does take time. Here’s how I go through the process of making sure my meal planning is not a burden on time or taste buds.

What is Cream of Tartar and Why Do Cooks Use It?

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If you are a baker or candy maker you probably have cream of tartar on hand. Cream of tartar is a stabilising ingredient for recipes that contain beaten eggs. What is cream of tartar?

Cast Iron Cookware – Cookware That Stands the Test of Time


On the breeze stirs the aroma of cornbread, beans and brisket baking in a fire pit, mixed with the sharp smell of horse sweat and dust as the cattle push their way into the pens from the roundup. Sharp whistles and “Haws!” pierce the air, driving the herd through the separate gates: momma cows to the holding pen and calves to the branding area. On the breeze, the scents separate and you can smell each one as an individual and then they mingle together again, a jumble of delight mixed with dust and burnt hair.

Honey Myth or Fact – What Do You Know?


Whether you are a big fan of honey or are just curious about it, the list below will help you understand some very important information about it. Some of the myths and facts that just might end up surprising you!

10 Cooking Tips

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Have you been frustrated by cracks in the top of your cheesecakes? Would you like tips to make flaky biscuits? Or would you just like to know a bit more about sweet potatoes? Try these cooking tips for better results in your kitchen endeavours:

Understanding Bakery Shortening for Healthier Baking

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Shortening is one of the key ingredients for any baking food like cookies and cakes. Bakery shortening primarily refers to the fat that is used for making the flour velvety and soft. It is mostly in semisolid form like the butter, which helps to make the flour crumbly.

Seasoning Your Cast Iron Cookware


Although cast iron cookware is virtually indestructible, it requires special care and cleaning in order to maintain its nonstick properties and remain rust-free. With proper care, cleaning, and storage, cast iron cookware can withstand a lifetime of use. Take good care of your cast iron cookware, and it can be passed down and enjoyed by future generations.

Do Eggs Need to Be Refrigerated?

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Eggs are something that are found in almost every common household, but how do your store your them, and do eggs need to be refrigerated? It is not uncommon for people to put everything from their butter to their fruit and vegetables in the fridge, but are eggs something that really need to be kept there before you decide to eat them?

Having Trouble Taking the Shell Off Boiled Eggs – Read This


Having Trouble Taking the Shell Off Boiled Eggs – Read This

Nutritionists over the years have gone back and forth if eggs are truly healthy for us. We are now getting used to the fact that eggs are not only nutritious, but they are truly great for your heart health. The evidence is clear now that eggs are in fact one of the healthiest foods we can eat, as they can actually help prevent disease, including diseases of the heart. Like any healthy food you can overdo it, but two eggs a day for most people are not too much, and are a great source of nutrients.

Instant Fresh Breadcrumbs From the Freezer

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Breadcrumbs are a really useful ingredient for lots of recipes: a coating for breaded fish fillet, for homemade chicken nuggets, as a filler in Italian frittatas and meat-loafs, or a topping on savoury pies. There is no need to buy packets of breadcrumbs especially for these recipes. With a bit of luck you already have the materials to make your own instant breadcrumbs sitting in your freezer.

5 Kitchen Staples You Can Make Yourself From Your Urban Homestead

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Every homestead kitchen needs the base ingredients for planning and rounding out meals. You can learn to make 5 basic kitchen staples as a base for all your meal planning.

Coco Powder Vs Baking Chocolate? Chocolate Equivalents For Recipe Substitution


Chocolate might be one of the most love flavors on the planet. It is not just a candy, a flavoring. Chocolate is a substance that has a power over people. It can turn a bad mood, soothe tempers, and encourage romance. Although a native to the Central and South Americas, the Cocoa tree is now found all around the equator. It is a fruit of the tree that has a whitish flesh and purple hued seeds which, when dried, become what we know commonly as the coco bean.

Home and Kitchen Tips for You


We all need to work a little magic in our kitchens and homes every now and again, so here are some of my top time saving tips for busy entrepreneurs.

Learn Some Great Helpful Cooking Tips and Tricks


Even casual cooks can learn something new things about the culinary arts. Use these tips so that you can create excellent flavors in your kitchen.

Top Tips Make Life Easier in the Kitchen

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Whether it’s keeping foodstuffs fresh or picking out the right gadgets for delicious cooking, a kitchen is a place where art and love combine in fabulous meals.

Here are some of the most popular kitchen tips from cooks everywhere. Some of them may be familiar, but good things always bear repeating. From “kitchen witches” to keep pots from boiling over to storing potatoes, apples and onions, every cook needs a little help now and then.

What is Active Dry Yeast?

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Active dry yeast is a type of yeast used to rise dough for baking bread, rolls, a few types of cake, and for any type of risen bread. Yeast is essentially tiny, living cells, and the specific yeast used in active dry yeast is Saccharomyces cerivisiae. Yeast is able to rise dough or created leavened dough because it responds to sugar, converting it to carbon dioxide (CO2).

Tips on How To Get Wax Off Apples


Some people think that it might be harmful to consume the artificial wax sprayed onto the apples hence they will try to remove the wax off the apples. There are a few options on how to get wax off the apples.

Food List with Glycemic Index

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Traditional thinking has told us that complex carbohydrates like rice and potatoes were absorbed slowly, and that simple and refined carbohydrates, like candies and jams resulted in a sharp rise in blood sugar. However recent research has indicated that this is not necessarily the case. There are more factors involved than just simple vs complex or refined vs natural.

The Case For and Against Cast Iron Cookware


The use of cast-iron for cooking goes back over 2500 years albeit in Europe countries such as the UK have only used it for about 1000 years after it became popular when folk realised that complete pots with handles could be made using molten metal poured into moulds made out of sand. Originally cast iron pots came with three legs as they were to be used on the open fire.

Ways to Correctly Use Measuring Cups For Dry Ingredients


For the perfect recipe that ends up wonderful every time, experts agree that accurate measurements are necessary. If you like to bake, measuring completely dry ingredients will certainly be a vital facet of making the perfect product.

How To Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

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Making your own homemade bread crumbs is easier than you think! It’s a great way to use up left-over slices of bread, bread crusts, hamburger and hot dog rolls, potato rolls, crackers and even thin small pretzels.

How to Avoid Crying When Chopping Onions


Slicing onions got you down? Well, you can stop the tears now. Here’s how to avoid crying when chopping onions!

Frugal Lifestyle: Creating Tempting Leftovers For “Free” Meals

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The greatest saving strategy you can have is to use every scrap of food that comes into your home. The trick is to disguise leftovers as a completely new meal. Here are some ideas for putting leftovers to good use. And while you are at it, consider the advantages of planned leftovers.

Various Kinds of Cooking


For me, cooking has always been fun. I started cooking in my younger day back in Nebraska. Luckily, my mother was patient enough to teach me. For my wife, she’s glad I have fun doing it. What is your vote? Do you cook for pleasure, or necessity?

Different Terms for Cooking


Cooking can be very satisfying, and learning about the different ways to cook and finding new; different recipes to experiment in the kitchen is exciting. This had led to a bunch of television programmers appearing and even more cookbooks arriving to offer chefs tips, advice, and recipes. However, a good starting point for many wanting to get into the kitchen and to begin putting recipes into practice is to know the different terminologies used with cooking. 

Healthy Saturated Fats?


I’ll preface this article by saying that it will help if you have an open mind and accept that some of these facts are a slap in the face to politically correct nutrition in this day and age where fats are admonished by many doctors, health “experts”, the mass media, etc. To start, eating an adequate supply of healthy dietary fats is vitally important to your overall health.

How Long Can We Store Food in the Refrigerator Before It Goes Bad?

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We all come home from the grocery store, our bags overflowing with the wide array of delicious foods we have bought, and then proceed to put a variety of meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and eggs away. But how long can we really store food in the refrigerator and still maintain the freshness we desire in order to maintain a healthy diet?

Measurement Equivalents

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A handy online conversion table for both Imperial and Metric Measurements as well as a Common Equivalents Chart from the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory.

Food Money Saving Tips!


Coffee – Reuse the coffee grounds.

If you drink coffee daily, you can save a substantial amount without significantly affecting the taste by using the grounds twice (or more!). Just add a small amount of new coffee to the old grounds.

Tips to Make Cookie Baking Go Smoothly

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Jam thumbprints, peanut butter blossoms, sugar cookies decorated with colored sugars and icings and gingerbread cookies – just the images of them in your mind can conjure up the smells of yummy cookies baking in the oven.

Money Saving Grocery Tips: What You Should and Shouldn’t Buy Organic

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Have you ever stood in the produce section of your grocery store glancing back and forth between the organic apples and the conventional (regular) apples wondering “Why should I pay more for organic? They look exactly the same!” I have, and nine times out of ten I’ll choose the conventional apple simply because they are cheaper. The truth is buying one or two apples at a time makes it hard to conceptualize the benefits I receive for spending that extra money on organic quality and I think this might be the case for many of us.

A Few Simple Tips on Cooking with Rice

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Rice is a very versatile food which can be a meal in itself, can be eaten cold as a salad, hot as a pudding or it can be served as a meal accompaniment. Use online recipes to get the most out of your packet of rice and experiment with different rices – long grain, short grain, arborio or risotto rice, pudding rice, brown rice, wild rice and basmati rice.

How Using Safe Food Storage Techniques Will Help to Save Both Food and Money


In order to preserve the quality of food, particularly the flavor, texture and nutritional value, one needs to know how to store foods as well as how long they will remain safe and of high quality.

How Long is Food Good For

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Raw hamburger: has a refrigerator shelf life of 2-3 days after purchase. If you do not use the hamburger within 3 days, it should be frozen for future use. It can be frozen either raw or cooked.

Understanding The Best Cuts and Types of Beef

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Understanding the best cuts of beef is essential if you are a steak lover.

Types of Pans


In most of us, cooking can be considered to be a hobby or an escape. Some even cook as their form of relaxation or some out of boredom. But whatever reason they have, the main reason why people cook is basically to have something ready-to-eat on their dining table.

Basic Cooking Substitutions You Should Know

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If you cook or bake, you have to know how to substitute ingredients.

Baking Flours: How to Use Them and Store Them

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Let’s talk about wheat, since that’s what most people think of when they think of baked goods.

Basic Cooking Terms and The Language Used in Recipes


It can be very frustrating when you are trying to follow a recipe, but you don’t understand the cooking terms used. Sometimes even instructions on a packet of pasta can confuse you – what does cook until “al dente” mean? So, let’s have a look at some basic cooking terms and the language used in recipes

All About Yeast

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From Wikipedia, yeasts are eukaryotic microorganisms classified in the kingdom Fungi, with about 1,500 species currently described.

Must Have Kitchen Supplies

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In order for any kitchen to be considered well-stocked in the way of kitchen tools and gadgets, there are a few “must have” items that every cook (or aspiring cook) needs

Frequent Cake Decorating Terms

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If you are new to cake decorating, then you can be confused by the many phrases for cake decorating. While these phrases may be intimidating at first, if you take the time to get familiar with them, then you will approach them with sureness. Presented below are many of the most common cake decorating terms, and their meanings.