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Flour seems like one of those ingredients that might last forever. It is dry and it is typically made with a single ingredients so what could possibly spoil? Well, flour can, in fact, go bad and that bag you have had on your shelf for five years may need to go in the trash! Here are a few ways to tell is your flour has gone bad. How Long Does Flour Last? Different kinds of…

You may be allergic to eggs, unable to eat them because of health issues, or you might have just run out of them and you don’t even have one egg at home to cook with. Don’t worry, you can still whip up a batch of brownies without them. Yes, there are substitutions you can use for eggs when you want to make brownies. Some you may already be aware of, others are items you may…

Candy melts are a fantastic chocolate creation that allows you to easily melt chocolate and create delicious treats. However, if you have ever used candy melts, you may have found that when melted, they can still have a very thick consistency, making dipping the treats difficult to do. When you want to get a nice smooth candy coating using candy melts, you may want to try one of these methods to thin them. Take a…

Baking with whole wheat flour has become quite popular in the past few years as people are becoming more and more health conscious. Opting to use whole wheat flour rather than white, bleached, all purpose flour will not only have a large nutritional impact on your baking but it will also change your baked goods dramatically. Take a look at these tips and tricks to help you successfully bake with whole wheat flour. Why Choose…

One of the most important ingredients used in baking is flour. While many recipes call for all-purpose flour, there are a host of different types of flour that are used specifically for certain kinds of baked items. Many of these kinds of flours you are probably already familiar with, but there are some you might have never even heard of. The following is a list of different types of flour for baking. They are listed…

If you want a perfectly flat, beautifully iced cake, you need to first learn how to level a cake properly. There are a few ways to go about making your cake nice and level so you can try each method and decide which is best for you. So will you start leveling your cake with a knife or will you try a piece of floss… Why Level a Cake When you bake a cake, it…

We all have cupcake liners in our pantry, ready to use anytime we bake cupcakes or muffins – plain paper, foil, or fancy ones with designs that are great for those special occasions. If you’re like me, you may wonder why we use these baking cups and when we should be using them. Should you use them every time you bake? I’ve included everything here in this article that you need to know about cupcake…

With so many choices available, I keep a wide selection of flours in my kitchen. Unbleached all-purpose white, whole wheat, cake flour, and even gluten-free. And then there’s pastry flour. But just what is pastry flour? And when should you use it instead of reaching for one of the other flours? Pastry flour has a finer texture than other flours and falls right into the middle when it comes to protein content. All-purpose flour has…

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