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July 2007

Toasting Nuts

How do you toast almonds? --Katie Almonds or other nuts can be toasted either in the oven or on the stove top. Toasting nuts makes them crunchier and adds to the complexity of their flavor. Some nuts, like pecans, become lighter and almost crumbly. To toast them in the oven, preheat it to 350°F (180 °C). Spread the nuts evenly... Read more →




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Substituting Salts

A cooking show I was watching recently said for recipe substitution, 1/2 cup regular table salt equaled 1 cup kosher salt or vice-versa (I can't remember). Please explain. --Rose-Marie Because kosher salt is made of larger grains which may also have air trapped inside, the total amount of salt per unit of measure is less. The common advice is to... Read more →




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Measuring the Heat of Peppers

I understand that the heat of peppers is measured in Scoville Units. What is a Scoville? --Richard You are right that the heat or pungency of peppers is measured in Scoville Units. The term is named after an American chemist by the name of Wilbur Scoville. To compare the heat of peppers, he mixed samples of various peppers with a... Read more →




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