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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 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 »

What is a Cherry Plum?

What is a cherry plum?

A cherry plum, as the name suggests, is a fruit that is a hybrid between a cherry and a plum. The fruits are larger than a standard cherry, but smaller than a standard plum, with a medium-length stem that resembles a cherry. The fruit can range in color from yellow-pink to deep red. It has dense, juicy flesh and a small pit at the center ... Read More »

What are Lychees?


Lychees are one of the more unusual looking fruits that you’ll find in the produce section of your local grocery store. They are small – usually smaller than a golf ball – have a rough, bright pink rind covering a tender, white flesh. The rind is thin and can be peeled away from the flesh of the fruit easily, then the fruit itself can be ... Read More »

What is grape seed flour?

What is grape seed flour?

Grape seed flour is made from the seeds of grapes that have been used to make wine. The seeds are ground into a fine powder that is roughly the same texture as wheat flour. The pulp, skins, seeds and stems that remain after wine product are called pomace. Some of the pomace is produced when grapes are freshly crushed because the wine has no contact ... Read More »

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