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´╗┐Home Cooking Tips

by HealthyLivingTrends.com

Home cooking tips are a great way to find out information about how to do certain cooking styles or ways to make certain food items or even ways to perform a certain task. Individuals can use these home cooking tips as needed.

These home cooking tips are about ingredients. There are many different kinds of flour, and they are not all the same. Wheat flour is important for all yeast breads. Bread flour works for yeast loaves, however put it in yeast bread and it will turn into a heavy cake. Cake flour is very fine. All purpose flour can be used for most any baking. Bleached and unbleached flours can be used interchangeably. Make sure to store flour in an airtight container, in a spot that cool and dry for up to six months. Baking powder and baking soda are not interchangeable. Baking powder is a combination of baking soda and an acid. Its leavening power works when mixed with wet ingredients and then baked into the oven. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. When it mixes with an acid ingredient like buttermilk, yogurt or molasses, it makes carbon dioxide bubbles that make baked goods light and airy.

Home cooking tips for handling chocolate are important. First there are different types of chocolate. Unsweetened chocolate is chocolate liquor that has at least fifty percent cocoa butter and no added sugar. Various amounts of sugar added create bittersweet, semisweet, and dark chocolate. Milk chocolate is dried milk powder, cocoa butter and added sugar. White chocolate is made with cocoa butter instead of chocolate liquor. Unsweetened cocoa is made from chocolate liquor with seventy five percent cocoa butter removed and then dried and ground into a paste. When melting chocolate it is easy to burn, so always melt it over very low heat. Individuals can choose the double boiler method, the direct heat method, or the microwave oven method.

Here are a few miscellaneous home cooking tips. Freeze homemade pie crusts for thirty minutes before filling and using. This prevents the crust from sliding or slumping. If an individual does not have buttermilk try this trick, pour one tablespoon of lemon or vinegar into a measuring cup, add milk to equal one cup, and let stand for five minutes. To crisp limp celery cut off the bottom ends of the celery, put in an ice water bath and place in the refrigerator. Individuals can save leftover rice for up to three days. To reuse just place in a colander rinse with hot water for a few minutes. Drain and serve. Secure a cutting board while in use by placing a damp paper towel underneath it. Use a pizza cutter to divide raw pizza dough instead of a knife.