Tips And Tricks In The Kitchen

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Have you ever been in the kitchen and started to cook or bake and realized you were out of a certain ingredient. Well, I have a few tips and tricks that may help.

Buttermilk:
I know I don’t always have buttermilk when I need it. I learned a trick and I want to share it with you. How to make buttermilk using two ingredients you most likely have your kitchen. All you need is 1 cup of whole milk, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Stir together and let sit for 10 minutes on the counter. You now have buttermilk for your recipe.

Crème Fraîche:
Usually compared to sour cream, Crème fraîche can be hard to find. To make Crème fraîche at home add 3 cups of heavy cream to a bowl covered with a piece of cheesecloth resting inside of a larger bowl. To the heavy cream add 2 tablespoons of buttermilk, whisk to combine. Let sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Stir, transfer to a Mason jar, screw on the lid, and refrigerate for an additional 24 hours before using.

Cake Flour:
Most of us have all-purpose flour in our pantry. Now, I’m not sure I really understand the science behind this but, I did learn that all-purpose flour has a higher protein content, than cake flour. In order to lower the protein content of the all-purpose flour, all you do is measure out 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Next, remove 2 tablespoons of the flour and replace it with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk together to combine well and you now have cake flour. Amazing right?

Powdered Sugar:
Powdered sugar is another easy one you can make if you have a spice grinder. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar to the spice grinder with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. That’s it. If you should need more than one cup, just add 1 tablespoon cornstarch for every cup of sugar.