THE PASSOVER QUESTIONS YOU NEVER THOUGHT TO ASK
By: Miriam Sasson
Forget about it!
Forget about… pouring water on your yeast. When mixing a dough batter, there’s a procedure to follow. First, pour the warm water and then add the yeast. What’s the difference, you ask? The yeast is very fragile and damages easily when water falls upon it. So if you want your yeast to perform best, remember: it’s always water before yeast.
Go for it!
I love this smooth kitchen trick! When using your Bosch or Kitchen Aid to form dough, whip out your Pam spray and expose your dough hook to its oily mist. This will prevent your dough from creeping its way up your hook. And the extra bonus? Easy cleanup, of course!
By the Number
4.8 Miles: The distance an average adult would need to walk at 3 MPH to work off a piece of cake he ate on impulse.
We’re all familiar with how it happens. You’re standing awfully close to the dessert table at an engagement party. The chocolate layer cake smiles at you tantalizingly and you, your resistance low, help yourself to an average slice. In a few, short bites, you have just consumed almost 300 calories! If you want to walk those calories off, get out your sneakers, and prepare for at least an hour-long trek.. Ditto for ice-cream; walking off just one scoop will take approximately one hour, or 3.2 miles.
There’s nothing like cold, hard numbers to tell it like it is, huh?
Item of the Month
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Q and A
How long can my baking powder last in my cabinet?
The amount of time your baking powder spends in the cabinet affects its potency. After about six months, you’ll want to replace that orange cylinder for a new one. It’s a good idea to label your Arm and Hammer with the date as soon as it debuts on your cabinet shelves. If you’re wondering if your baking powder is fresh, test it. In a small bowl, place a half a teaspoon of the powder and pour ¼ cup of hot tap water over it. If you see lots of bubbling, your baking powder is good to go. If not, throw it away; after all, you want your dough to rise properly, don’t you?
Food for Thought
In 1835, Lord Marcus Sandys asked drugstore owners Lea and Perrins to duplicate an Indian sauce he’d tasted in Bengal, India. The two whipped up a blend of veggies and fish, but relegated it to the cellar because of its poor smell and flavor. Fast forward to two years later, when they reencountered the sauce while cleaning out the cellar. They tasted it and, to their surprise, it was delicious! It’s no coincidence this “accident” happened in Worcester, England.
Nearly two centuries later, Worcestershire Sauce is still a beloved steak sauce. Interestingly, the original recipe hasn’t changed much. Anchovies in brine, garlic, tamarinds, chilies, shallots, and sugar are still a part of the sauce. (It’s noteworthy to add that kosher grocery stores carry a fish-free version of the sauce, which can be used in meat recipes.) Remarkably, authentic Worcestershire Sauce is still aged for two years before being preserved and landing on supermarket shelves.
(Source: 10,001 Food Facts, Chefs' Secrets & Household Hints by Dr. Myles H. Bader)