Food and Culinary

Baking stone

Set your pizza, bread or flatbread dough onto a preheated baking stone and you can practically hear a crisp surface forming. With bread, the contrast between toothsome crust and chewy interior is one of life’s most basic pleasures. Once you have eaten bread baked on a stone, there is no going back.

Stainless steel dough cutter

A stainless steel dough cutter is the tool that makes you say, “How did I ever bake without this?” Use the cutter to divide blocks of dough into chunks, to cut a hunk off a pound of butter, for scooping up stray flour off the table, and, most importantly, for scraping your work surface clean. You will never have to scrub flour “glue” off a counter with a wet rag again.

Place an open box of hardened brown sugar in the microwave oven with 1 cup hot water. Microwave at high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes for 1/2 pound of sugar or 2 to 3 minutes for 1 pound of sugar.

Place an open box of hardened brown sugar in the microwave oven with 1 cup hot water. Microwave at high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes for 1/2 pound of sugar or 2 to 3 minutes for 1 pound of sugar.

Need a substitute for a large egg? Try two tablespoons of mayonnaise.

Need a substitute for a large egg? Try two tablespoons of mayonnaise.

Vanilla. Make your own vanilla concentrate by placing two split and chopped vanilla pods in a liter of vodka or bourbon.

Vanilla. Make your own vanilla concentrate by placing two split and chopped vanilla pods in a liter of vodka or bourbon.

Use spices in baked goods. For example, reduce sugar and add cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla to your recipes.

Use spices in baked goods. For example, reduce sugar and add cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla to your recipes.

Chocolate cake. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to your cake mix for a more delicious chocolate cake.

Chocolate cake. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to your cake mix for a more delicious chocolate cake.

If you store half an apple in the container where you are storing a cake, the cake will retain its freshness longer.

If you store half an apple in the container where you are storing a cake, the cake will retain its freshness longer.

Use a meat baster to squeeze your batter onto a hot griddle for perfectly-shaped pancakes every time.

Use a meat baster to squeeze your batter onto a hot griddle for perfectly-shaped pancakes every time.

Is your baking powder fresh? Put one tsp. in 1/3 cup of water. If it does not fizz, toss the baking powder out – it’s too old.

Is your baking powder fresh? Put one tsp. in 1/3 cup of water. If it does not fizz, toss the baking powder out – it’s too old.

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