About 5 years ago, when I first became interested in removing toxic chemicals from my home & replacing them with natural alternatives, I bought this little book about baking soda that I’d read about in a magazine.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen – it’s baking soda. Or as science-minded folk affectionately call it: Sodium Bicarbonate. There is a list as long as the Nile of incredible uses for this wonder product. Not only can you cook and clean with it, but you can incorporate baking soda into your daily beauty routine too.
Gather together all your ingredients for your baking endeavor. Do you have all the ingredients you are going to need? Are they fresh? If they are not, you may want to make a quick run to the grocery store.
Temperature is even more important for a beginning baker who does not yet have a feel for the dough and when it is ready to move to the next step of a recipe. All you have to rely on starting out are the times stated in the recipe and if your temperature is off by even five degrees the times become nearly useless. I saw the greatest improvement in my breads as a beginner when I started to get serious about temperature. Before that my results were always inconsistent and I had to make a lot of guesses about when to execute steps.
Brining or marinating it with salt rub is another way to unlock moisture in chicken. If you want to master the art of baking, you also have to know how to brine and create a salt rub. Both are quite easy. For brine, you only combine water and salt, then bring it to a boil. As for salt rub, you simply combine lemon and salt, then rub the mixture to the meat.
Both products are used in different recipes. Depending upon the recipes, these two have to be used. But both have a single motto which is to add taste to the food and bring about an attractive texture. If baking soda is used alone, it will produce a bitter taste. So, it should be mixed with buttermilk. Baking powder contains acid as well as base and on the whole it has neutral taste. Baking powder is mainly used in making cakes and biscuits.
Make sure you do not over-mix or under-mix your ingredients. Set the timer on your stove or microwave to the amount of time you should beat your ingredients. This is always better than guessing.
So there you have it. These are some of the baking tips that you should try if you want to learn baking as effectively as possible without leaving your home to attend classroom style baking programs. Again take it easy and just enjoy the whole process of learning how to bake.