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Cook’s Country Reviews Handheld Mixers

Cook's Country Reviews Handheld Mixers

As much as I like my stand mixer, I find that I still use a hand mixer with great regularity. A hand mixer is great when you only need to mix up a small batch of something like brownies or cake and you simply don’t want to get out the big mixer. It can also be a good tool when you need to mix up ... Read More »

Cook’s Country tests Round Cake Pans

Cake Pans

Round cake pans are a staple for every baker’s kitchen. I use them for simple cakes and layer cakes, and use mine to bake a variety of round breads and other dishes, too. Not all cake pans are created equal. Some brown more than others, some have sloped sides that make for irregular cakes that are difficult to stack, and some seem to produce cakes ... Read More »

Cook’s Country tastes Maple and Pancake Syrups

Maple syrup vs Pancake Syrup

Americans spend upwards of $400 million dollars a year on pancake syrup and maple syrup while shopping in supermarkets, and consumer much more than that when you take into account that people are dousing their pancakes, french toast and waffles in syrup when dining in restaurants. The vast majority of that money is spend on pancake syrup, not maple syrup, which is corn syrup that ... Read More »

Cook’s Country taste tests Sweetened Condensed Milk

Sweetened condensed milk

Sweetened condensed milk is a product where there usually aren’t too many choices between different brands in the grocery store. You might find yourself grabbing whatever brand is on the shelf when you need some, but there are differences between brands and Cook’s Country Magazine decided to give them a taste test in their Dec/Jan 2013 issue. They tasted four different brands, looking to see ... Read More »

Cook’s Country taste tests Ready Made Pie Crusts

Premade pie shells

Homemade pie crust is the best option when you are baking pies, and although they can sometimes be intimidating to make, it only takes a little practice to get the technique of making a very flaky pie crust down. That being said, ready made pie crusts are very convenient and can be a time-saving solution for many bakers who want to put together a pie ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates Pie Servers

Pie Servers

A good pie server can make or break your pie – literally. We have all had times when our picture perfect pie stopped looking so perfect when we tried to slide a server or knife underneath of a slice only to have it smush the crust and deform the pie. The filling can fall out of fruit pies if the server isn’t strong enough, and ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates Fine Mesh Strainers

Fine Mesh Strainer

Fine mesh strainers have many uses in the kitchen. They can be used to sift flour into a cake, dust a finished cake with confectioners sugar or strain lumps out of any kind of soup, sauce or pudding. They’re not as glamorous as a stand mixer or blender, but they’re a staple kitchen gadget and it is well worth getting a good one. I was ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates Egg Separators

Egg Separator

Many types of baked goods and desserts call for separated eggs, and when eggs need to be separated, you need to ensure that the yolks and whites don’t mix. This can be a challenging task even for experienced cooks, as a few drops of egg yolk in your whites is likely to throw off a meringue recipe, so many people turn to egg separators for ... Read More »

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