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Which Baking Pans Do You Really Need?

We’d love to claim we own a zillion baking pans because we’re a bakery… but that would only be half the truth. It seems that every baker has an inner hoarder who *needs* every single baking dish they see. Here’s a little test. Do you ever have to quickly close the door of your baking …

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Do Baking Ingredients Expire?

There’s not much mystery over whether the milk has gone bad, you just smell it to check. But you can’t exactly sniff test dry goods like sugar or baking soda. So… do baking ingredients expire? Not exactly. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service alongside the Food Marketing Institute and Cornell University maintains an online …

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Have You Bean Misled About Vanilla?

If you read much about baking, or watch a lot of cooking shows on TV, you may be under the impression that you need to spring for real vanilla beans in your baking. But according to Quartzy, that’s just not the case! Cooking sites love to recommend that serious bakers use only real vanilla extract, …

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Enjoy the Sweet Without the Heat!

Ahhhhhh, summer! Finally summer! Swimming, flip flops, picnics, beach trips, barbecues… And the sun. The beautiful – but occasionally overwhelming – sun. With everything there is to love about summer, there is one thing that can be a downside. Namely, who wants to run the oven when it’s already 90 degrees outside (and almost that …

More Tips for Better Baking!

Everyone who bakes has the occasional question about it. Yes, even the experts. We found a list by Claire Saffitz, via Bon Appetit, of some common answers to your baking questions. Substitutions This is a common thing for bakers to wonder about. Can I remove this, or add that? Whether for taste or health, inquiring …

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Stop The Hate – Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Are GOOD!

Everyone loves cookies! And while this is an undeniable fact (don’t bother to argue the opposite, we won’t listen), there is one particular type of cookie that seems to be almost universally despised… The oatmeal raisin cookie. You know what we’re talking about. What other innocent baked good is the subject of scorn and memes? …

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More Baking Mistakes You Don’t Have To Make!

Everyone who bakes makes mistakes. We’re human, it’s part of the job description. And in the kitchen, even professionals aren’t immune to the occasional lapse. But many of the mistakes we make while baking are easily avoidable, if we know what they are. Here’s a list from Insider of common goofs to be aware of …

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For Better Baking Bump The BRRRRR Off Your Butter!

You’ve been there. We all have. You get the craving for some baked deliciousness (or maybe just the ever-therapeutic act of baking itself) and then… you check your recipe. You want to get in the kitchen and start breaking eggs right away, so it can be real buzzkill to find out that the recipe you’re …

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Baking Fails That ARE Your Fault!

We recently shared with you some specific examples of baking fails that are NOT your fault. Failures in the kitchen do not mean that you suck at baking! Probably. Now, via Bon Appetit, we’ve got a second list… this time it’s baking fails that ARE your fault. Probably. If you’ve got great pans, a fancy …

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Baking Fails That Are NOT Your Fault!

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, things don’t turn out the way we’d hoped. In baking, like everything else, if you find yourself failing over and over, it can start to make you doubt yourself. But relax! Failures in the kitchen do not mean that you suck at baking! Probably. According to Bon Appetit, there are …

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