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Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut, reviewed

Trader Joe's Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut

In the baking aisle, the most commonly found coconut is sweetened, shredded coconut. This soft, fluffy coconut is and was the gold standard for baking. But it isn’t the only coconut option out there. Trader Joe’s recently added an Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut to their line of baking products and it’s an affordable and easy-to-find alternative to the traditional sweetened stuff. This coconut is made ... Read More »

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour, reviewed

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour, reviewed

As gluten free baking becomes ever more popular, the gluten free options at the grocery store have continued to improve. Where once you could only find a few gluten free “flours” and had to experiment with the ratios between them in your own kitchen, now you can choose from dozens of different flour blends and a variety of gluten free mixes. While a cake mix ... Read More »

Wilton Whipped Icing Mix, reviewed

Wilton Whipped Icing Mix, reviewed

When you think of prepackaged cake icing, you usually think of canned buttercream-style frostings that are ready to spread onto a cake. There are also several frosting mixes out there to choose from, dried powders to which you add your own liquid ingredients – such as butter or water – and reconstitute when you need them. Boxed frosting mixes take up a lot less shelf ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Butter-Flavored Cooking Spray, reviewed

Trader Joe's Butter-Flavored Cooking Spray, reviewed

Cooking spray is a wonderful thing to have on hand in the kitchen. The pressurized sprays coat skillets and baking sheets evenly in just a few seconds, giving you a nonstick surface and ensuring that you don’t need to worry about part of your cake sticking into the corners of the pans. I particularly like cooking sprays for coating pans with complex designs, such as ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Banana Bread Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Banana Bread Mix, reviewed

Banana bread will always be a staple in my kitchen. I always have bananas on hand that are at varying stages of ripeness, ready to be mashed and stirred into a quick, easy loaf. My One-Bowl Banana Bread is a recipe that you can’t go wrong with. An option that is about as easy – and I say “about” because it requires a trip to ... Read More »

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract, reviewed

High quality vanilla extract is essential to a baker. Vanilla is a rich, complex flavor – despite the idea of “plain vanilla” being ordinary – that has the unusual ability to not only taste delicious on its own, but to make other flavors taste even more delicious. While some tastes tests have found that artificial vanilla extract can fool tasters in some recipes, there is ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Tests Potholders

Cook's Country Tests Potholders

Potholders are a basic piece of kitchen equipment that we all have in our kitchens and use every day. They don’t get a lot of attention, since they’re not nearly as glamorous as a shiny stand mixer, but we just them for everything from taking cookies out of the oven to removing lids from hot pans. A basic potholder is a terrycloth square (or just ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Ice Cream Scoops

Cook's Illustrated Rates Ice Cream Scoops

Ice cream scoops are a must-have kitchen tool for ice cream lovers – and ice cream cookbook authors. Unfortunately, ice cream scoops do not always work out exactly as advertised. Over the years, I’ve had all kinds of ice cream scoops that ranged from very traditional designs to high-tech spoons that required all kinds of preheating to provide the perfect scoop. In this month’s Issue ... Read More »

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