If your baking soda and baking powder have been sitting in the pantry for awhile, test before using in a recipe to make sure they are active. Inactive leavening agents will cause baked goods to not rise and taste bad.
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This helpful info is for anyone who loves cooking and baking. A few bad experiences with gross tasting flat cakes and cookies, taught me to TEST baking soda and baking powder before using.
When a recipe calls for baking soda/baking powder, I always test to see if they’re viable so my baked breads, cakes and cookies are properly leavened and taste good.
BAKING SODA TIPS
After opening a new box of baking soda, write the date that is 30 days after opened.
Store an opened box of “fresh” baking soda in a tightly zippered bag to keep it fresh.
Change box every 30 days. Use a new box each month to make sure food tastes fresh.
Measure baking soda with a dry utensil. If wet, you will have more than required to use in a recipe which will create a bad taste.
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BAKING POWDER TIPS
Always shake a can of baking powder before opening. This will evenly distribute the baking powder and measurements will be accurate.
Measure baking powder with a dry utensil. If wet, you will have more than required to use in a recipe which will create a bad taste.
Immediately secure lid after using baking powder. If left unopened, it will get stale and become inactive. Make sure lid is tightly secured.
Use baking powder before the expiration date printed on bottom of can. Visit www.clabbergirl.com for meal ideas and more.
Read more in The Kitchn’s informative online article.
Store baking soda and baking powder in a dry, cool place.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.