It is one of the best kept beauty secrets dating back to the Ancient Egyptians. Seriously, Cleopatra was probably all about this stuff. This simple product can make your life easier, keep your wallet happier, and make you as pretty as a peach. Up until now, chances are that all you’ve ever used it for is making cookies and cleaning out a stinky fridge.
NATURAL MOUTHWASH. It even works as a great mouthwash. When my twins were born, they had to stay in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for 6 weeks. It was a very stressful and tiring time and I drank a ton of coffee just to stay awake and (somewhat) alert. To combat the resulting bad breath, I rinsed my mouth with a baking soda/water solution (1 teaspoon per 2 ounces) several times a day. It works!
Another good reason for writing things down is that it will allow you to look at past bakes and learn from them. Say a recipe says to ferment the dough at 76 degrees for 2 hours but the last time you baked that bread you let it ferment for 3 hours at 76 degrees and the bread came out better than ever. If you wrote that information in your notes you will be able to draw from it later to make better bread. If you get in the habit of taking notes and using them you will get better at baking, faster.
It can’t be used as a substitute for baking powder. If you do, the cake (or whatever) won’t rise and will have a horrible soapy taste as the heating process turns the baking soda to washing soda. However, if you have something acidic in the mixture such as yoghurt or vinegar, then the mixture will rise. Alternatively, you can make your own baking powder by combining 1 measure of baking soda with 2 measures of citric or tartaric acid.
If you’re like me, you truly enjoy baking bread and sharing your freshly baked bread with family and friends. But you the time, effort and cleanup involved in making fresh bread is a real turn off. Yes, the local bakery is certainly an option, but there’s something truly special about fresh baked bread from your very own oven. Not to mention the sense of pride you feel when sharing your fresh-baked creations with guests.
The latest technology in bakeware makes baking so easy that you will spend more time enjoying the foods that you create than you will cleaning up the mess. Cleaning a pan after using a Silpat baking mat is as easy as wiping down the pan with a damp cloth. The mat should not be scoured, but there is no need as the baked goods generally come off in one piece.
When it is time to outfit your kitchen with bakeware and cooking tools, explore the benefits of silicone products. The tools and bakeware products have some terrific advantages over other baking materials such as metal and glass. The bakeware is durable and will not dent or stain. Cleanups are a breeze with a Silpat baking sheet as well as the bakeware made from silicone. Collect the pieces or buy a whole set at once. You will never go back to metal or glass pans again.