The Easy, Foolproof Way to Make Omelets

Everyone loves a good omelet, but they aren’t always easy to make. You get unevenly cooked eggs, a scrambled mess instead of the perfect fold, or uncooked filling. We’ve found a foolproof way to make perfect omelets in just five minutes, and we’d like to share it with you. How to Make a Five-Minute Omelet Choose the right size of pan.  A three-egg omelet requires an eight-inch pan.  The pan should be nonstick. Whisk the eggs together in a bowl. Put a pat of butter in your nonstick pan.  Place it on medium-high heat.  On our stovetop, a high BTU …

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How to Bake a Perfect Pizza on Your Grill

It’s easy to bake pizza on your grill. Pizzas are baked quick and hot—perfect for the grill. You can have picture-perfect pizzas from your grill in no time. Pizzas make great summer food, but no one wants to heat the oven up to 400 degrees in the summer. That’s okay—grill the pizza. Not only is it the slick way to bake pizzas in the summer, but you’ll also really impress your friends and family—a backyard magician. What You’ll Need to Bake Pizza on the Grill A grill with a cover. You can use gas or charcoal though the charcoal will …

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See what refrigerator cookies can do for you!

Consider refrigerator, or icebox, cookies for the holidays.  They can be made up ahead of time-even months ahead-and stored until ready to bake.  Baking up those stored refrigerator cookies is mess-free, takes little time, and you only need to bake what you need for the moment.  Drop cookies are quick cookies; refrigerator cookies are convenient cookies. Attractive Refrigerator Cookies Refrigerator cookies are also attractive cookies. Nothing beats the uniform slices and consistent shape of refrigerator cookies. To keep that uniform shape, slice while the dough is still cold and firm and turn the log after every few cookies to keep …

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Light Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Light Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream If you make ice cream with heavy whipping cream, it will be rich. (Some would argue that is what makes ice cream so great.) For those who asked for a lighter version, we went to work to reduce the amount of cream and sugar. You can enjoy it with less guilt! This ice cream uses Splenda instead of sugar and replaces one-third of the heavy whipping cream with skim milk, so it isn’t nearly as rich as regular ice cream which means less guilt as you enjoy your …

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Bread Making Primer

Bread-Making Primer Whether you’re new to making bread or just need a little refresher course, this bread-making primer will answer all of your questions about making bread. Click on any of the links below for a refresher course and extra information on each step to making bread. Making this in your bread machine? Click Here for Instructions Click any of the links below to jump to the right step: 1. Mix the Dough 2. Knead the Dough 3. Let it Rise 4. Form the Loaf 5. Bake 1. Mix the Bread Dough Bread Mixing Basics Additional Resources Bread Mixing Basics …

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Troubleshooting Quick Breads

(Updated from May 22, 2014) FREE! The “Best Banana Bread” Ever! Guaranteed! Get this Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix! Free with code “ZBAN” at checkout. Limit 1. Be sure to add it to your cart. It is truly awesome!This is a dessert bread that really surprised me! I wouldn’t have thought to put cinnamon chips in banana bread, but WOW? Definitely worth trying!” Melody Knopf (customer review) Quick breads make for a fast and tasty treat, and they can be really easy to make. But it’s common to run into some issues along the way. The most common causes for these …

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How Long Should My Bread Rise to Get Light and Fluffy?

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(Updated from May 10, 2014) Get a FREE Conditioner that will make your bread lighter, fluffier, and taller. See the reviews. Everyone wants light and fluffy bread loaves. The answer to getting light and fluffy bread is by letting the bread rise long enough. How long should your bread rise? That depends on the temperature of your kitchen. Yeast— the agent that allows bread to rise— is very sensitive to temperature. The best way to tell if your dough has risen enough is not by time—though it helps to set the timer so you don’t forget about your dough—but by …

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How to Mix Bread Dough

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as making homemade bread. Sure, it may take time, energy, and hard work; but it’s always worth it when you pull out that fresh loaf of bread from the oven, with the crust a delightful golden brown, filling the house with the sweet aromas and filling hungry mouths with tastes as if it came fresh from the bakery. Results like that can be done in no time at all and little effort in a bread machine, but in this article, we will be discussing how to make your bread by hand. There are four major …

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The Quest for the Perfect Omelet

We wanted omelets that were easy and quick. Many recipe books instruct the reader to turn the omelets in the pan. Often they don’t fold well or break apart. We needed a solution to that. We wanted them to cook evenly, the interior set but the outside just burnished with a little gold but no tough skin. Problem 1: Cooking the Omelet Properly with No Skin on the Outside Omelets tend to be overdone on the outside when they are well set on the inside. That is especially true with thicker omelets, when the pan is overloaded a bit. Problem …

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The Secrets to Baking Almost Everything Perfectly

Are my breads, cookies, or cakes ready to come out of the oven? The ability to tell when products are baked properly seems to cause more trouble than almost any other phase of baking. And it’s critical. Over-baked cookies are dry and hard; under-baked bread is soggy. But you can get it right. In this post, we will give you the techniques and pointers to bake your goods to perfection. Yeast Breads — Internal Temperature The tendency is to under-bake yeast breads. The internal temperature of most yeast breads should be 210 degrees and must be at least 185 degrees. …

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Two Ways to Make Baked Donuts

Donuts are usually fried.  Deep frying is not my favorite way to cook, but I love donuts.  So, when I came across a way to bake donuts, I was very interested.  I was even more so when I found a second way.  The first came with the discovery of a donut pan.  It’s like a muffin pan but the cavities are shaped like donuts.  You fill them with a donut batter and bake them like muffins.  They’re even a little crispy like a donut.  (The recipe is fat-free; fat softens the crust.) We sell a line of mixes for the …

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Make Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches

You can make breakfast sandwiches like the fast food restaurants with biscuits, English muffins or pancakes.  In this article, we’ll use biscuits.  For directions to make breakfast sandwiches with pancakes, check out our breakfast sandwiches made with pancakes. Step 1 Make the biscuits.  Use your favorite recipe or one of our recipes.  (See our biscuit recipes here.)  Consider making your biscuits larger than normal.  Leftover biscuits work fine. Step 2 Make and fry the sausage patties. Unless you made oversized biscuits, you will need to make patties a little smaller.  Of course, you can use bacon if you prefer. Step 3 …

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How to Make Breakfast Sandwiches

Fast food restaurants make great breakfast sandwiches with biscuits.  So can you.  These directions are for egg and sausage sandwiches but you vary the fillings. Step 1: Make and fry the sausage patties. We used our Burger Buddy Hamburger Press to make the sausage patties and they were perfectly sized. Of course, you can use bacon if you prefer. Step 2: Fry or scramble the eggs. If you fry them, you need nice, round egg disks. Use our Teflon egg and pancake rings or cut the ends out of a can. Step 3: Make the biscuits. Use your favorite recipe …

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Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

We’ve long been a fan of apple stuffed pork chops.  But sometimes we don’t have cooking apples on hand and besides, we wanted to cut down on prep time—make a busy day meal.  So we decided to try apple filling instead of coring, peeling, and slicing apples and then sautéing them.  It made it super fast to the oven, like 20 minutes from start to finish.  They can also be made on the stovetop or on the grill.  Here’s how: Split the pork chops.  We’ll tell you how in the directions below.  Season the chops with pepper and salt. Mix …

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How to Poach Eggs

Poached eggs are classic.  They be tender and egg shaped, round and compact.  They are easy to cook but a few tips help. Use the freshest eggs possible.  The yolks stand higher with fresh eggs.  They are firmer and tend to stay together better. The whites should be cooked until they are firm but still tender and the yolks should still be runny. If the edges of your poached eggs are rough and unattractive, trim the edges with your kitchen shears. Steps for cooking poached eggs: Bring the water to a simmer.  It is important that the water is the …

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All American Fruit and Nut Quick Bread Recipe

Use this great recipe to make the fruit and nut quick bread of your choice. You can mix and match your fruit and nut selections to suit your taste and what you have on hand. It is not overly sweet and works well for breakfast or brunch. It incorporates a modest amount of whole wheat flour to enhance the flavors of the nuts and add a wholesome goodness and color to the bread. Most quick bread recipes can also be used to make muffins. For muffins, fill prepared muffin tins 2/3’s full and reduce the baking time to 15 to …

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About Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness

Why Everyone Should Have a Stock of Food We live in complex and perilous times. Whether it is a natural disaster, a national disaster, or a neighborhood disaster, our food supply could be disrupted. In any scenario, it is up to us to take care of our needs and those of our families–we should not count on the government. We buy insurance for our home, our car, and our lives but something as essential as food–we often leave overlooked. There are other crises as well–personal crises. The loss of a job, a loved one, or one’s health might strain personal …

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The Pancake Center

Martha’s Gingerbread Pancake Mix they are our all-time favorite pancakes and you’ll love them too.  They are made with sour cream and molasses and just the right combination of spices.  But they are not overwhelming, not strong tasting at all. Honey Gold Pancake Mix These are not ordinary pancakes.  Yes, this pancake mix is made with buttermilk but it is designed especially for weekends and special occasions when you would like to be just a bit indulgent. Country Wheat Pancake Mix Some days, we like our pancakes thick and hearty . . . still tender, but with a wholesome, stick-to-your-ribs goodness.  But …

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How to Make an Omelet in Five Minutes

We were teaching an easy omelet class making individual three egg omelets as fast as the class could eat them. “What would you like on this one?” We had all the fillings lined up: cooked sausage, grated cheese, crumbled bacon, red and green sautéed bell peppers, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms. To the right were bottles of Asian and other sauces for topping. A couple on the front row had a question: “Making the omelets that way is easy but the fillings take time to prepare. There are just two of us. Can we make and freeze extra omelets?” No …

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Is it Done Yet?

Are my breads, cookies, or cakes baked and ready to come out of the oven yet? The ability to tell when products are baked seems to cause more consternation than almost any other phase of baking. And of course, it is important. Over baked cookies are dry and hard; under baked bread is soggy. But you can get it right. In this article, we will give you the techniques and pointers for baking your goods to perfection. yeast breads The tendency is to under bake yeast breads. The internal temperature of yeast breads should be 210 degrees and must be …

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