What comes to mind when you think of baking soda? Something you use when you bake. A while back I saw a commercial that suggested putting an opened box in the fridge to eliminate odors, and I did. It seemed to do the job pretty well. However, there are many more uses that maybe you hadn’t thought about. Some uses have amazed even the experts. Here are 7 new uses for simple powder.
The silicone baking mat has really made an impact on the way that baked goods are prepared in today’s kitchens. A Silpat is the top of the line baking mat that must be included in every well appointed kitchen.
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.
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.
Digital controls make it easy to use the various settings for white bread, whole wheat, multigrain and French breads (and other crisp crust breads). Are you in a hurry to bake a quick loaf? Easy. Simply use the rapid setting. Do you want to bake sandwich bread with a soft crust? No problem! There’s a setting for that also. You can even choose between dark or light crust colors!
Of all the innovations for the kitchen, the simple silicone baking mat ranks at the very top along with the technically advanced innovations. The baking mat is made of materials that distribute heat evenly through foods and can take the place of the greasing or flouring step in baking.
For baking cakes, you will need cake pans of different shapes and sizes. You can also look for different cake stencils in order to decorate the cakes you just baked. If you want to add icing to your cakes then you’ll need rubber spatulas to spread the icing and you’ll need pastry bags to make decorative icing designs.