Kitchen Hints of the Day!

December 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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* Hint #1 – Keep your brown sugar soft and lump-free with this simple trick: Just throw a couple of marshmallows into the bag with it.

 

 

 

* Hint #2 – Granulated sugar clumps less than brown sugar, but it’s still easy to get lumps. Keep this from happening by sticking a few salt-free crackers in the canister to absorb the moisture; replace the crackers every week.

Kitchen Hints!

December 9, 2013 at 8:26 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Brown sugar loses moisture rather quickly and develops lumps easily. To soften hardened sugar, place the sugar in a tightly covered dish with a slice of fresh white bread or half an apple, cover the dish tightly, and heat for 15 – 20 seconds in the microwave. Let it stand five minutes before using. The moisture from the bread or apple will produce enough steam to soften the sugar without melting it. Store brown sugar in the freezer to keep it from getting lumpy in the first place.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 5 Comments
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Over spiced your dinner? Just add a bit of sugar, honey, or maple syrup. The sweet flavor allows your taste buds to handle more hot, saving your meal.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Frustrated with syrup running down the sides of the bottle, making a disgusting mess? Try this trick: Rub the threads at the neck of the bottle with a small amount of vegetable oil. The oil will prevent the syrup from running and the cap from sticking next time you use it. This also works for molasses and honey containers.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Yellow and white onions can be kept for a longer amount of time than red ones, as they have a lower sugar content. Store in an open space that’s cool and dry, and away from bright light, which can make them bitter. Don’t store them anywhere that may become damp.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making candy? Not only do we recommend using a larger pot than specified in the recipe to keep the hot, bubbling syrup safely away from your hands, we also recommend using your heaviest pots. Pots made out of thinner material tend to heat unevenly, which will make it harder to properly heat the syrup.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Cooking up your own candy is as delicious as it is fun. Experienced candy makers know it’s tricky to keep the sugar from crystallizing during cooking. A simple solution? Heat the sugar over low heat, without stirring, until it’s completely dissolved. To eliminate the sugar crystals that inevitably cling to the sides of the pan, cover with a tight-fitting lid and continue cooking the syrup for three to four minutes. The steam that’s generated will melt these pesky crystals.  

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 21, 2013 at 8:35 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When boiling syrup, one of the more frequent and annoying problems is that it crystallizes. The easiest way to avoid this is to put a pinch of tarter in the syrup while it’s cooking. This adds a small amount of acidity – just enough to prevent crystals from forming but not enough that you should taste it.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 1, 2013 at 7:37 AM | Posted in dessert, Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Here’s a pastry chef‘s trick to add flavor to a lemon tart or pie: Rub a few sugar cubes over an orange or lemon, then include the cubes in the recipe as part of the total sugar. The sugar tends to extract just enough of the natural oils from the peels of the fruits to add some flavor.

April 25-28, 2013 84th Annual Geauga County Maple Festival – Chardon, Ohio

April 24, 2013 at 7:17 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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April 25-28, 2013 84th Annual Geauga County Maple Festival – Chardon, Ohio
The festival celebrates the production of maple syrup, a leading agricultural industry in Northern Ohio. Events include two grand parades, maple syrup judging & auction, queen’s contest, photo contest, “Sap Run”, bathtub races, craft show, concessions, rides, and continuous grandstand entertainment.

 

 
GEAUGA COUNTY MAPLE FESTIVAL!!maple fest
April 25, 26, 27, & 28, 2013

2013 IS OUR 84th YEAR !!

The Geauga County Maple Festival is held on beautiful Chardon Square and opens on Thursday of the last full weekend in April. The festival celebrates the production of maple syrup, a leading agricultural industry in Northern Ohio.

Events include two grand parades, maple syrup judging & auction, queen’s contest, photo contest, “Sap Run”, bathtub races, craft show, concessions, rides, and continuous grandstand entertainment.
http://www.maplefestival.com/homecountdown.html

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