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July 2008

Creaming Butter II

My wife says I have to cream butter and sugar with electric beaters in one direction only. She says this will help incorporate the air into the mix and make it creamy. I seem to be getting results moving the beater through the mix ad hoc. Is there any science to beating in one direction for the purposes of creaming... Read more →




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How to Tell if Eggs are Fresh

I have a carton of eggs without a best-before date on it. I think I have had the eggs for about two or three weeks. Is there any way to tell if they are fresh? --Lin There are two ways to tell how fresh your eggs are, but you need to remember that these are rough guidelines and that they... Read more →




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Squash Casserole Turned Black

I have recently started cooking with whole wheat flour because of the nutrition and flavor. I recently made a squash casserole using whole wheat flour. I put it in the fridge until I had time to bake it the next day. When I took it out of the fridge, it had turned dark on the top. What happened and why... Read more →




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Brewing Tea

When my Mom used to make tea, she would always rinse the pot out with boiling water before putting the tea leaves in, and she always measured out a rounded teaspoon of tea for each person plus "one for the pot." Is there any reason for either of these rules? --Janice First off, I'll bet your Mom was drinking black... Read more →




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Out of Date Cake Mixes

I have several out of date cake mixes, probably about two years old. I assume they would not rise properly as the baking powder in them has lost its potency. Would they work if I added fresh baking powder? What would be the proper amount, if so? Thank you, although I suspect the answer will be, "try it and see."... Read more →




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