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June 2007

Substituting Starches

If I have a sauce recipe that calls for wheat flour as a thickener and I want to use cornstarch instead, how much should I use? --Patti Generally, the substitution would be to use one half to two thirds as much cornstarch as the amount of flour called for in the recipe. If possible, start with the lesser amount and... Read more →




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Making Muffin Batter Ahead of Time

Can you prepare muffin batter the night before, store in the refrigerator, and bake off the next morning? --Brad You can prepare muffin batter ahead of time. I'm not sure I would want to leave a batter with whole, uncooked eggs too long, but you should be safe if you are using fresh eggs and you cook the batter within... Read more →




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What is Baking Ammonia?

I recently came across a cookie recipe that called for "baking ammonia". What is that? --Peggy Baking ammonia, or ammonium bicarbonate, was used before the advent of baking soda and baking powder. It is a chemical leavening agent originally made from the horns of deer. The chemical formula is NH4HCO3. When heated, baking ammonia breaks down into ammonia (NH3), water... Read more →




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Spring Tastes

Spring has come to Saskatoon*! The past winter has been harsh. It started earlier than usual, lasted longer than usual and saw the worst winter storm in thirty years. Finally spring has arrived, and with it the fresh bounty of a new year. Three weeks ago, I was able to gather fresh chives from my garden. It may not seem... Read more →




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© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward