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How to choose a roasting pan

Mauviel Roasting Pan

A crowd-feeding turkey is the biggest thing that some of us cook during the year, and that often means that we need special cookware to accommodate its size and shape, while most oven-roasted meats and vegetables do just fine in smaller and shallower pans. A roasting pan should be big and fairly deep, about 3-4 inches, to hold all the drippings from your roast and ... Read More »

How to add fruit to pancakes

Pancakes with berries

Blueberry pancakes are a great way to start off breakfast, but getting the fruit inside the pancakes can be surprisingly difficult. Stirring the berries into the batter seems like the best way to combine the two elements, though stirring can cause berries to burst and discolor the batter. Discoloration only gets worse when you use frozen berries, which don’t need to pop before they start ... Read More »

What is gluten?

homemade baguette

The word “gluten” is probably so well know these days because we are all so much more aware of people with gluten intolerances and products that are gluten free. Of course, this doesn’t really describe what gluten is. Gluten is protein in wheat flour and some other cereal grains. Gluten is elastic, and when combined with water, the proteins first come together in long strings. ... Read More »

How to patch pie dough

Unbaked pie crust

The dough for pie crusts isn’t difficult to make, but it can be tricky to perfect. The idea crust will come from a dough that has visible chunks of butter (or of shortening) still in it after cutting in the fat. These fat deposits are what make pie dough extra tender (from shortening) or flaky (from butter) during baking. When the dough is rolled out ... Read More »

How to pour honey and other sticky things

Pouring honey

Honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave syrup and other similarly thick, sticky and sweet liquids can be great to bake with. They all add moisture and lots of subtle flavors to a baked good, moreso than you can get with sugar alone. Unfortunately, they’re not all that easy to work with because it’s hard to measure them – or more accurately, it’s hard to get the ... Read More »

How to peel fruit

peeling an apple

There are many types of fruit and sometimes it seems like there are almost as many ways to peel them. Bananas, oranges and grapefruits, for instance, are all very self-explanatory fruits that require little more than a tug at the skin to remove it. Other fruits pose more of a challenge. If you’re just going to eat a piece of fruit, the skin might not ... Read More »

What is cream of tartar?

cream of tartar

Cream of tartar, more technically known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, is a fine white powder with many culinary applications. It is a byproduct of the winemaking process as the powder forms inside wine barrels during fermentation. It comes from tartaric acid, a naturally occurring substance in grapes and some other tart fruits that in the principle acid in winemaking. It helps to help control the ... Read More »

How to line a springform pan

a springform pan

Springform pans are a unique type of bakeware. Round and high-sided, the pans do not have fixed sides. Instead, they have an adjustable ring that forms the sides of a cake or torte and fits onto a bottom plate with the aid of a spring or clamp. The advantage of this type of pan is that a delicate baked good can be removed from the ... Read More »

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