No-knead bread mix is good for beginners, pros
Never baked bread? Fleischmann's Simply Homemade No Knead Bread Mix is a good first step. Mix water into the box's contents (packets of yeast, sugar, bread mix), shape dough into a loaf, let rise, then bake. Been baking bread from scratch since I was a kid, and this dough was easy to handle, produced an artisan-sturdy loaf and took less than an hour (57 minutes to be exact) from start to finish. In Country White, Stoneground Wheat, Multi-Grain and Italian Herb, its suggested retail price: $2.99 for a 14-ounce box. A store locater is at simplyhomemadebread.com.
Fall in love with the colors of these Pinch & Pour Prep Bowls, then embrace their ease of use. When the sturdy white plastic sides are squeezed, the colorful rubber makes a pouring spout. The stacking bowls, in graduated sizes, have measure markings (1 cup, ½ cup, etc.) and can be used with hot or cold, dry or liquid ingredients. They're top- rack dishwasher safe. A set of four bowls is $14.95 at Crate & Barrel. For a store locater or to buy, go to crateandbarrel.com.
An app-titude for Food-ucation
The Fooducate app promotes healthy eating and losing weight, but the best functionality is hidden inside the food scanner. Scan food items at home or in the store and the app will produce a grade based on the nutrition facts and ingredients.
A “things to know” list will provide bullet points of the product's pros and cons, telling you if it contains artificial products and what they are.
The best part is that if your food gets a poor grade, you can click the “alternatives” button for some healthier, less-processed options.
Why do we soak dried beans?
Soaking dried beans takes remembering to cover them with water the night before. The reason we do it is because beans are dried for storage. If you don't soak them, you're looking at a longer cooking time. Once upon a time, cooking something meant chopping wood or burning something expensive like coal. So cooking efficiency was critical. You didn't want to burn more calories than you'd gain by eating the food.
These days, it's easy to speed dried-bean prep with the quick-soak method: Cover them with water, bring them a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let them stand for 1 hour and then cook them. It's much easier and quicker than overnight soaking.
Because black-eyed peas are smaller than, say, Great Northern beans, they may cook through faster. The age of dried beans also makes a difference in how long it takes them to cook. Beans that are especially old, like the ones people use in decorative jars, can cook for a long time without ever completely softening.
Send food news to email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Capitals dominate overmatched Penguins in win at Verizon Center
- Starkey: What are Penguins, Pirates up to?
- Shaler grad pens poems on time served in Vietnam
- Armstrong targets savings by refinancing debt
- Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to sign order barring drilling of new oil, gas wells in state forests, parks
- Nonprofit helps police keep wanderers safe in Mon-Yough area
- Popular Super Bowl, March Madness traditions prohibited under state law
- Duquesne City School District receiver accepts $1.335M interest-free loan
- For Penguins coach Johnston, it’s a matter of substance over style
- Penn Hills man charged in robbery of The Exchange in Ross
- Dining: Randita’s Organic Vegan Cafe