October 24 — For maximum fluffiness in your scrambled eggs: Add a teaspoon of water to the eggs instead of milk, whisk with a metal whisk in a metal mixing bowl. The more bubbles the fluffier the eggs!
Why? According to sodahead.com: “Water makes eggs fluffier because the water evaporates leaving air bubbles in the egg. Milk binds to the proteins in the egg making the egg tougher, but more flavorful.”
Experiment for yourself: Try each method (water only, milk only) and then try a combination of the two to give your scrambled eggs a little fluff, a little creaminess, and extra flavor.
October 23 — If you love poached eggs, but tend to over-cook or under-cook this tasty dish, here’s a quick and easy solution: Poach a dozen eggs at once by in a muffin tin.
Here’s how: In your favorite muffin or cupcake tin, place a table spoon of water in each well. Crack an egg into each well. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 6-10 minutes, depending on how well-done you like the middle. Gently remove with a slotted spoon. Voila!
October 22 — Are you the best baker in the house? Then you know that baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents, which means they are added to baked goods before cooking to produce carbon dioxide and cause them to ‘rise’. Baking powder contains baking soda, but the two substances are used under different conditions.
Don’t have either on hand? Edible Education chefs have a solution. “In a pinch, use 1 part apple cider vinegar to replace 2 parts lemon juice to help your baked goods rise,” says Chef Whitney.
October 21 — Who want to eat dry cookies, muffins, or cupcakes? To avoid making you baked goods dry, Edible Education’s chefs advise carefully leveling off the flour on your measuring cup with the back of your knife.
Chef Whitney says: The key is to avoid over-packing the flour.
According to foodworks-intl, here’s why: “Flour provides the structure in baked goods, and wheat flour contains proteins that interact with each other when mixed with water, forming gluten. It is this elastic gluten framework which stretches to contain the expanding leavening gases during rising. The protein content of a flour affects the strength of a dough. The different wheat flour types contain varying amounts of the gluten forming proteins. Hard wheat, mainly grown in the mid west of the U.S. has a high protein content. Soft wheat, grown in southern U.S. has less protein. In yeast breads, a strong gluten framework is desirable, but in cakes, quick breads and pastries, a high protein flour makes a tough product.
October 20 — Here’s another easy-peasy cooking tip from Edible Education’s chefs: You can put granulated sugar in the blender to make powdered sugar.
Here’s how: Use any granulated sugar you have in your cabinets. Blend 1 cup until it is a fine, fluffy powdered sugar. The more refined, whiter sugars make the fluffiest powderedsugars. Use powdered sugar immediately or save it for later.
Did you know: “Powdered sugar (known as confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar) has a bad reputation because it’s usually made out of super refined sugar and mixed with corn starch to prevent caking,” explains Israeli Chef Kate, of CookieandKate.com. “So don’t add corn starch when you make it at home.”
October 19 — Want to make buttermilk in a pinch today? It’s easier than you think: Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line. Let stand for five minutes. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.
What are the benefits of buttermilk? According to food.com: Cultured buttermilk is probably the easiest and most fool proof fermented milk product to make nothing more than the tart liquid left after the butter is churned.
- Buttermilk is low in fat.
- It’s sometimes tolerated by people with lactose intolerance since some of the lactose is fermented by bacteria.
- The acidity of buttermilk also explains its long refrigerator shelf life.
- Slightly sour in taste, it is popular as a coolant in India and a variant called lassi is sold commercially.
- If you don’t want to whip it up at home, buttermilk can be found in supermarkets, in the dairy section, and is known as cultured buttermilk, which is made by adding a bacterial culture to low-fat or nonfat milk.
- For more authentic and tasty, though, there is churned buttermilk, which is the liquid that remains after milk is churned into butter.
- Buttermilk is used in many recipes to give it a creamy taste or texture. And when used to make fried chicken, it keeps the chicken moist.
October 18 — Back in 1605, a smart man named Sir Francis Bacon wrote: “Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.”
From an Edible Education point of view: We simply advise everyone to keep their kitchens as clean as possible — starting with being smart about keeping your sponges clean.
Here’s why: Those helpful sponges can suck up harmful foodborne pathogens from your countertops. So try these safety tips from eatright.org:
- Researchers at the USDA found that over 99 percent of bacteria, yeasts and molds were killed by microwave heating damp sponges for one minute or dishwashing with a drying cycle.
- Sponges may also be disinfected with a solution of one-quarter to one-half of a teaspoon of concentrated bleach per quart of warm water. Soak the sponge for one minute.
- Replace them frequently. Even after two or three uses, your sponge may be teeming with bacteria.
- Store in a dry location. Letting your sponge lay wet on a countertop takes longer for it to dry and allows harmful bacteria to multiply quickly as well as increases the opportunity for bacteria growth. And avoid leaving any damp sponges in an enclosed area such as a bucket or under the sink.
October 17 — Yesterday we taught you how to make fun and easy cauliflower rice. But this nutritious veggie is also delicious roasted. Try it as a side dish for dinner tonight!
Here’s how: Preheat to 375°F. Rinse the beautiful cauliflower and cut off the stalk so the head sits flat on a big baking sheet. Rub the veggie all over with about 2 tablespoons of the oil (olive, canola, or whatever you like best). Season with salt and pepper, or go wild and add other seasonings (like taco seasoning or fresh herbs). To make buffalo cauliflower, add spicy Sirachi sauce, toss until coated. Either way, roast until the outside starts to brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool, break into smaller bits, and serve!
Did you know: Just as green vegetables contain chlorophyll, cauliflower is rich in nutrients and, like its cousins, cabbage, kale, and broccoli. And, it provides health-promoting compounds not found in many other vegetables.Plus, it’s crunchy and fun to prepare. Source: whfoods
October 16 — While having a cup of rice is always nice, here’s a great way to add more veggies to your diet.
Here’s how: Cut the fresh cauliflower into large pieces by cutting into quarters and trimming out the inner core from each quarter. Lightly steam the cauliflower to make it easier to break apart. Now pop the florets into a food processor, being careful not to fill it more than 3/4 of the way. Pulse slowly until the big chunks are broken down into tiny couscous-sized grains. Serve as a side dish, or add it to pasta dishes, soups, and stews to get a hidden fiber bonus.
Did you know: Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. Sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables has been found to significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function. And, it contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients to help keep inflammation in check, including indole-3-carbinol or I3C, an anti-inflammatory compound that may operate at the genetic level to help prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundational level. Source: mercola.com
October 15 — Want to cut out a few calories and increase versatility in your cooking? Try using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Yogurt can also be used in smoothies, for cooking cream-based sauces, and in breakfast parfaits.
Try it out today by whipping up this delicious, nutritious smoothie: You’ll need 1/2 cup nonfat or 1 percent low fat milk, 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 cup blueberries, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Simply pour all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. In 5 minutes, you’ll be sipping a delicious drink! And do pop handful more of those blueberries in your mouth for even more yummy goodness. Note: Always buy unflavored yogurt and add your own fruit to sweeten it.