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What is Dry Milk Powder?

What is Dry Milk Powder?

Milk is a liquid that is typically stored in your refrigerator and used for a wide variety of cooking and baking purposes, as well as as a beverage in its own right. There are several different types of milk out there with varied fat contents (skim, 2%, whole), varied water contents (evaporated milk) and added sugar (sweetened condensed milk), but one that you might be ... Read More »

Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Butter, reviewed

Miyoko's Cultured Vegan Butter

The last time I was in Trader Joe’s, a product in the dairy section jumped out at me: Miyoko’s Creamery Cultured Vegan Butter. Cultured butter is made by adding live bacteria to cream before churning it into butter. Culturing gives the butter a rich tanginess to it that really sets it apart from regular butter (aka sweet cream butter). This cultured vegan butter is produced in ... Read More »

What is Nutritional Yeast?

What is Nutritional Yeast?

When you think about yeast, you probably think about bread dough, beer or one of the other foods where the single-celled organisms are used to produce rise and bubbles. Yeast is nearly always active – a.k.a. alive – when it is used in a recipe. Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast that is used as a dietary supplement and flavoring agent instead of as a rising ... Read More »

What is Coffee Flour?

What is Coffee Flour?

Coffee flour is a flour made from coffee cherries, the fruit that surrounds the coffee bean. The fruit is usually a byproduct of the coffee industry, but turning it into flour gives it a whole new purpose. Coffee flour is finely ground and very similar to cocoa powder in consistency. Though it looks like cocoa powder, it doesn’t taste like chocolate or like coffee. The ... Read More »

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 »

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