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July 2006

Coating a Spoon

What does it mean when a recipe says to cook something until it is "thick enough to coat a spoon"? --Angie The term to "coat a spoon" refers to a simple test to determine when a sauce or custard has thickened enough to use. As the liquid thickens, it becomes less and less runny. At some point, if you dip... Read more →




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Freezing Iced Tea

I wanted to serve iced tea at a party recently, but was concerned that if I used ice to keep it cool, it would become watery. A friend suggested making the ice cubes out of the iced tea. For some reason the ice cubes were all crumbly and grainy. What was going on? --Patricia In essence, you were making a... Read more →




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Is it Possible to Over-sift Flour?

I love to bake home-made cakes, and I always sift my dry ingredients together three times before adding them into the mixer. I do this so that I won't have any lumps and so that I am certain the cake will be well mixed. My mother insists that "over sifting" will make the cake dry and that she has read... Read more →




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Storing Fresh Herbs

Frequently on weekends, I'll go to the local farmers market. One of the things I like to get is fresh herbs like Italian parsley, basil, tarragon, and so on. What is the best way to store them, once I get them home. --Lina If the herbs are sold in closed plastic bags, you want to let them breathe as soon... Read more →




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