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What is coconut sugar?

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar, also known as coconut palm sugar, is a type of sugar that is produced from the sap of the coconut palm. It is very common in areas of South Easter Asia, where coconut palms are abundant, but is growing in popularity as an alternative to cane sugar and is now becoming much more widely available. It is produced by harvesting the sap from ... Read More »

What is alcohol free vanilla extract?

Alcohol Free Vanilla

Vanilla extract is an alcohol solution containing vanillin, an organic compound that is responsible for the vanilla flavor of vanilla beans. It is typically made with ethyl alcohol and is required by law to be at least 35% alcohol and to contain at laest 100g of vanilla beans per liter of extract. The remaining portion of the extract is usually water. Ethyl alcohol is used ... Read More »

What is nutmeg?

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a spice that seems to get use around the holidays more than any other time of year, though it is not a strictly seasonal spice. Nutmeg is the seed of the nutmeg tree, a type of tropical evergreen tree that is grown in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Caribbean. The same tree produces another spice called mace, which is the reddish outer covering of ... Read More »

The Best Pumpkins for Baking

Sugar pumpkin and regular pumpkin

Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, and during the fall it seems like every single one of them is on display at the grocery store. There are large pumpkins for carving, oddly shaped and colored pumpkins for decorating and smaller pumpkins for cooking. Canned pumpkin is what most of us rely on for baking, since it is so convenient, but you can use fresh ... Read More »

Cinnamon Hill Fresh Cinnamon Grater, reviewed

Cinnamon Hill Grater with Cinnamon

Fresh spices are always going to deliver the best flavors in your foods, whether you are cooking or baking. Changing out the jars of ground spices in your spice cabinet is a good idea to keep things fresh, as you don’t want to cook with a jar that has been sitting around dulling in flavor for more than a few months. Freshly ground spices deliver ... Read More »

What is Ghee?

Ghee

Ghee is a term for clarified butter that is often used in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking. As “clarified butter” rather than “ghee”, it is widely used in French and other European cuisines. Both ghee and clarified butter are prepared by cooking butter to separate its milk solids from its fat. The milk solids are skimmed off to leave a clear yellow liquid – fat ... Read More »

What is Coconut Flour?

Coconut Flour brands

Coconut flour is a gluten free “flour” that is essentially dried coconut in powdered form. It is made from the coconut solids that are left over after the meat been used to produce coconut milk. The solids are ground into a very fine, flour-like powder. The flour is popular for gluten free and low-carb baking, since it is low in carbohydrates and very high in ... Read More »

What is imitation vanilla?

Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is a staple ingredient for bakers and I use it in almost every one of my recipes. Vanilla beans are the most expensive form of vanilla and are a popular choice when making ice creams and custards, where you really want to see the seeds from the vanilla pods. Vanilla extract is the most commonly used form of vanilla and it is an alcohol solution that ... Read More »

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