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Published January 28, 2011 | By raegal
Starting a cookie jar collection can be fun, and it might take you on a trip through America’s most wonderful times. Cookie jars of the past are now highly sought after collectibles - they're no longer just for holding cookies! You should know what you’re looking for if you intend to collect for top dollar, but you can also just have a good time picking up cookie jars that appeal to you for their color, style, or size. If it is a birthday gift for a family member or friend, be sure to look into their current cookie jars and find out what draws them personally to a cookie jar. What are some of the most valuable cookie jars? They’ll have been made by the Nelson McCoy Company in Roseville, Ohio. This company made the now famous Roseville
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Published January 21, 2011 | By raegal
If you’ve always wanted to become an expert home baker - the one that everyone requests cookies from, or the one who is known for their cookie gifts - then you need to stock up on a few tools. It’s not hard to learn to bake delicious sweets that come out perfect every time. Having the right equipment can certainly help. You’ll need good baking sheets. These are a requirement if you’re going to bake anything at all. If you want the best pans, you need to know about the different types. There are aluminum pans that are light in color that are perfect for most baking applications. Professional bakers use them because of their even cooking properties. AirBake pans hold air between two layers of aluminum. These are ideal if you want cookies
Published January 7, 2011 | By raegal
Confused by all the names out there for what we used to call cookie sheets? There’s AirBake, non stick, French steel and more. If you just want to bake a great batch of cookies, you don’t really care about fancy names, but you should know which sheets will get you the best results. Take a look at the differences between AirBake and non stick cookie sheets. These two are the ones you’ll most likely encounter in the stores and will want to have some idea about. AirBake AirBake cookie sheets are a relatively new invention. These cookie sheets work wonders when it comes to keeping cookies from burning. If you’re the type of baker who always gets frustrated by burnt bottoms and gooey tops, these are the pans for you. The reason they
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Published December 24, 2010 | By raegal
A baker is only as good as his or her tools. If you have rusty old bent-up cookie sheets, then perhaps it’s time to go out shopping for some new ones. Having the right cookie sheets can make all the difference between burnt or undercooked cookies and bakery-fresh cookies that look, smell, and taste amazing. Aluminum Aluminum baking pans are a favorite for many reasons. Their light color makes it less likely that your cookies will burn. They don’t scratch as easily as Teflon will. However, they will require greasing most times. And if you leave them in the oven too long with cooking spray on them, they will develop a sleek, greasy, burnt area where the cooking spray has crusted over. This makes for ugly cookie sheets. But you can still
Published November 12, 2010 | By raegal
Many bakers seem to put butter, margarine, and shortening in the same interchangeable category. They use whatever they have on hand and hope for the best. But, unfortunately, baked goods won’t turn out correctly if you start to substitute these three important fats. If a recipe calls for a certain one, use it. Baking is based on chemistry and you’ll throw the delicate balance out of whack if you start making up your own substitutions. The three fats mentioned here - butter, margarine, and shortening - vary in their moisture and fat contents. And since baking is such a regulated science, each ingredient has a part to play that can’t be played correctly by any other. Butter and margarine are up to 80% fat. You need that fat in order
Posted in Baking History | Tagged baking cookies, best baking ingredients, butter in cookies, butter vs. margarine, butter vs. margarine baking, butter vs. margarine cookies, butter vs. shortening, butter vs. shortening cookies, cookie ingredients, difference between butter and margarine, margarine in cookies, margarine vs. shortening, shortening in cookies, should cookies use butter or margarine | 3 Comments