KITCHEN 101: EGGS IN BAKING -- Eggs are one of the most important, indispensable ingredients in baking. Recipes not calling for eggs are few and far between, and for good reason. Eggs bind, aerate, leaven, emulsify, thicken, aid in setting, are the base in many recipes, can be used as fillings, toppings, glazes and also for adding flavor and color to baked goods
Ever wondered why cookies can be chewy, crisp, soft, flat, thick, moist or crumbly? Use this as a guide to make perfect cookies based on your personal preference!
Tomato Paste Saver: Most recipes call for only a small portion of tomato paste -- you use a tablespoon or two, and the rest invariably goes to waste. To save the remainder: Carefully open both ends of the can with a can opener. Remove one metal end, and discard it. Leave the other in place. Wrap the entire can in plastic wrap, and freeze overnight. The next day, use the metal end to push the frozen paste out the open end. Discard can, tightly rewrap unused portion, and store in freezer up to 3 months, slicing off just as much as you need each time you cook. (found here: http://www.marthastewart.com/273278/tomato-paste-saver)
Tomato Paste Saver:
How to store any produce!
Hard Cooked Eggs - Rubbery. Chalky, and Green Yolks? Here’s the fix: To keep the temperature of the egg white and yolk close, heat the eggs GRADUALLY. - Use a saucepan, cover them by an inch or two with cold water - Set the pan over high heat - When the water reaches a full boil, remove from heat - Cover the pan, and let the eggs stand for 10 minutes. This cooks them gently and keeps the whites from toughening :)
Good to know!
DUH!!!!! Why didn't I think of that?! Put aluminum foil in a bowl, pour the grease in. When it hardens, roll up the foil and throw it out!
How to store fresh produce from A-Z.... and stop buying "baby" carrots. They are just washed and cut into that shape, not grown that way. Amazingly, most produce does better when wrapped and kept in the 'fridge... not on the countertop.
Baked taco shells...GENIOUS! They have a flat bottom this way, too!