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May 2006

Chili Pepper Heat

I've heard that most of the heat in hot peppers is in the seeds and that if you remove them, the pepper will be mild. Is that true? --Robert The active ingredient in peppers that makes them hot is a "capsaicin" (pronounced "cap-SAY-i-sin"), a colorless, pungent, crystalline compound, C18H27NO3. The amount of capsaicin varies not only with the type of... Read more →




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Scaling Recipes

I am having guests for brunch and want to make larger quantities of my favorite strata. Can I just multiply all of the ingredients by four and follow the instructions? -- Andrea Generally, it is possible to double (or half) a recipe just by multiplying or dividing by two, provided you follow some basic rules. Beyond that, it is usually... Read more →




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Vegetable Shopping

One way to save on grocery bills while serving top quality food is to be a conscious shopper, making sure that you are buying the best ingredients. Not only will they taste better, they will handle more consistently and last longer in storage. Here are some examples. In the grocery store recently, I was picking over the green beans. Another... Read more →




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Canning Revisited

Could you please tell me if it is possible to use a Bain Marie to heat food so that it can be preserved. I seem to remember my grandmother and my mother using the technique many years ago in Zambia to make preserves, etc. I need to know how long one should leave the bottled substances in the pan above... Read more →




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© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward