To Freeze Or Not To Freeze: How To Store Homemade Baked Goods

The recent discovery of an edible 100-year old fruitcake in the Antarctic has inspired us to ask several burning questions: how can a fruitcake survive for a century without any supervision, while the cake I just made goes bad after three days? Can you freeze bakery for 100 years then serve it to your guests? And, of course, how can I get this result? If you are interested in solving the mystery of the fruitcake, here's a hint: throw some science at it. For now, we will tackle the issue of how to properly store homemade baked goods so that they look and taste as good as the day they were made. Before we begin, it's helpful to keep in mind that home-baked goods do not contain preservatives an

3 Tips For Kid-Friendly Halloween Baking

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend a record $9.1 billion on Halloween in 2017, This year, consider putting some of that hard-earned cash toward baking projects that you and your kids can do together. The trick to baking with kids this Halloween is to make sure it's fun! And bringing the fun is easy, if you remember a few basic tips: Choose appropriate projects. All recipes have a level of difficulty attached to them, and this would not be the time to attempt complex, multi-stage and/or time-consuming recipes. In order to keep baking time with your kids fun and stress-free, choose ones that are relatively quick and easy, and appropriate to their age, skill lev

Organic Vs. GMO: Making The Case For Both

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to view a film called Food Evolution. It turned out to be an eye-opening experience. I went in thinking that this would be an attempt to discredit GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods, by those who believe them to be dangerous. What it turned out to be was a fascinating scientific perspective on why the public--encouraged by (mostly) well-meaning proponents of organic foods-- have got GMOs all wrong. First, though, let's define what we're talking about. The USDA states that "organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional p

5 Inspiring Tips For Fall Baking

Ah, yes. Fall is in the air. And, as the nights turn cooler, we bakers start to think about all the ways we can put to use the delectable fruits and spices that define the season. And no, we are not talking about the ubiquitous pumpkin spice that has found its way into everything from donuts to lattes. If you're looking for a little inspiration for your next autumn gathering, or just want to make the most of this delicious season, here are 5 simple tips for fall baking to get you started: 1. Get prepared. An organized kitchen is a happy kitchen. So start your fall baking with some sorting and gathering. Not to be confused with hunting and gathering, which you don't want to be doing when it

6 Must-Have Ingredients For Healthy Back-To-School Eating

Parents today face two sizable challenges when feeding school-age kids: time is limited, and "quick and easy" foods are generally not very good for anyone, much less growing little people. We've all been there, packing lunches while making dinner and/or dealing with homework and/or making a call. Before we know it, that bag is stuffed with pre-packaged snacks loaded with sugar, fat and chemicals. Luckily for our kids, nutritional awareness has come a long way. So how do busy parents ensure that their kids are getting good nutrition when there's so little time to prepare it? The key is having a plan, and the right ingredients on hand. Here are 5 kitchen staples that make it easy to put toge

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