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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Buttermilk

March 10, 2015

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What do you do if a recipe calls for buttermilk, and you don’t have any?
Do you frantically dash to the store and get some? Calm down. There is no need to make the trek to the store if you have the ingredients to make your own.

Buttermilk adds an acidity to batters and reacts with the baking soda or powder to create airy, fluffy and tender baked goods.

To make a good substitute, add a tablespoon of plain white vinegar or lemon juice to a scant cup of milk and let it sitat room temperature

for 5 to 10 minutes. The lemon or vinegar will begin to curdle the milk, and it will thicken slightly. If you use a heavier dairy product, like half and half or cream, the end result will be thicker than if you use regular milk.

Another option is to thin out plain yogurt or sour cream with one part water to three parts dairy. For instance, 3/4 cup of yogurt, thinned with one quarter cup of water. Stir until it reaches a more liquid consistency, and use in place of buttermilk in recipes.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Hot Tips Tuesday: Natural Whiteners

April 9, 2013

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There are lots of natural ways to whiten dingy fabrics, without using bleach.

Try some of these green ideas for your next load of laundry:

Add ½ cup of baking soda to your wash to whiten. (is there anything this powdered powerhouse won’t do?!)

Try a lemon and warm water pre-soak, before washing.

Distilled white vinegar will brighten up those whites, when ½ cup is added to the wash cycle.

Spring is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to “lighten up!”

photo: Glasshouse Images


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