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What is Guava Paste?

What is Guava Paste?

Guava paste is a type of jam made with guava and sugar. Guavas are naturally very high in pectin, so guava paste tends to be thick can be easily sliced with a spoon or a knife. The paste is very sweet and has a strong flavor of floral, tropical guavas. It can be used in desserts or served alongside cheese. It is very similar in ... Read More »

What is a Pomelo?

What is a Pomelo?

Pomelos are a type of citrus fruit that are native to Southeast Asia. They resemble a large grapefruit in appearance and are often the largest type of citrus that you can find at a grocery store.¬†They are closely related to grapefruits, but have some distinct differences. They have a very thin skin and a thick white pith. The flesh inside ranges from a yellow to ... Read More »

What is Blackstrap Molasses?

Trader Joe's Blackstrap Molasses

Molasses is a thick, dark syrup that is a byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into sugar. Though it is a byproduct of the sugar-making process, the syrup has a strong sweet flavor and has plenty of uses of its own, such as in baking and as in the base ingredient for many rums. There are three types of molasses: light, dark and ... Read More »

What are Pink Lemons?

What are Pink Lemons?

Most pink lemonades are made by adding food coloring or other fruit juices to lemon juice – but did you know that there are actually pink lemons that produce pink juice naturally? Pink lemons are not a hybrid fruit, unlike Meyer lemons, but are a variety of Eureka lemons, which are the “everyday” lemons that you’ll find in every supermarket. Pink lemons have yellow and ... Read More »

What are Coconut Chips?

What Are Coconut Chips?

Shredded coconut is my go-to ingredient when it comes to adding some coconut to my baked goods. I like it both sweetened and unsweetened, toasted and untoasted. It can be added to almost any recipe. But shredded coconut isn’t the only type of coconut out there that you can bake with and, depending on your recipe, you might want to go with coconut chips instead. ... Read More »

What is chicory?

Cafe du Monde Coffee with Chicory

Chicory is a root that can be roasted, ground and brewed like coffee and, in some parts of the world, is combined with coffee to make a unique breakfast beverage. In the US, New Orleans is a city that is known for the combination of coffee and chicory, but that pairing traces back to the city’s French roots. Chicory came into popular usage in France ... Read More »

What is Almond Paste?

What is Almond Paste?

Almond paste is a dough made from ground almonds and sugar. It is used as a filling in many pastries and desserts, including almond croissants, fruit tarts and cakes. Whole almonds are used to make almond paste after the skins have been removed to give it a uniform color. Some almond pastes have almond extract to add additional almond flavor or a small quantity of ... Read More »

What’s the difference between apple juice and apple cider?

What's the difference between apple cider and apple juice?

Apple cider is generally considered to be cloudy unfiltered juice, while apple juice is typically clear, having had all of the apple solids filtered out of it. From time to time, however, you’ll notice clear juices labeled as ciders and cloudy, unfiltered apple juices on store shelves. There is no official federal definition of what constitutes apple juice or apple cider, which means that there ... Read More »

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