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What is hartshorn?

I have a Danish cookbook with recipes for Christmas cookies. Several of them call for hartshorn, also called baker's ammonia. I cannot find it. I have tried ...

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Cooking with sugar substitute

I would like to use powdered sugar substitute in my recipes, but I find it is usually sweeter. Is there a ratio of how much substitute to real one should use...

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Homemade chile oil

I tried to make chile oil. I tried two ways. First I cut up the chile and put it in good olive oil.The chile formed a fungus so I strained it and tried putti...

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Preserving apples with sulfur

A friend told me that her mom used to preserve apples with sulfur. She says that the apples always tasted fresh even in the middle of winter. Can you tell me...

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Making candy without corn syrup

I have a daughter who is not able to eat corn syrup. She has been craving some type of lollipop. How would I make lollipops or any hard candy without corn sy...

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Baking with applesauce instead of oil

Can I substitute applesauce instead of oil when baking cookies? My recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, but I would like to make a recipe with fewer calories.

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What are tannins?

I drink Rooibos tea, which is an herbal tea made in South Africa – it is caffeine-free. Rooibos and other teas apparently contain tannins. What are tannins? ...

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Is a banana an herb?

I know that a tomato is a fruit, not a veggie. I know that a platypus is not a duck. I didn't know that a banana is an herb. Is it true? I heard it on Emeril.

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