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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 3:27 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

When the recipe calls for 1/2 cup chopped nuts... do they mean measured after being chopped or prior to chopping???

Anyone else have a dumb cooking question?


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Default  Posted: 3:36 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

I'm voting for "after" chopped. That's how I read it, anywho.

Here's my question - parchment paper is great and all but I have this phobia that it's leaching leftover sulfuric acid onto my food? Hypochondriac?


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Default  Posted: 3:51 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

Another vote for after, jrc.

Jrazz - there are all-vegetable parchment papers that are made without silicone. I get mine at the local grocery co-op, but I'm sure places like Whole Foods carry it as well. We just don't have Whole Foods anywhere near here.


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Default  Posted: 4:17 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

1/2 c chopped nuts means 1/2 c of nuts after they are chopped.

1/2 c nuts, chopped = measure 1/2c nuts and THEN chop them


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Default  Posted: 4:49 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

Oh Lucky!! That makes sense!


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Default  Posted: 7:41 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

Awww, our Whole Foods is like EIGHT blocks away!!!! You mean I have to drive to get there?!?

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Default  Posted: 9:03 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

Seriously? My whole foods is a 30 min train ride away....spoiled people.


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Default  Posted: 9:12 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

Seriously? My Whole Foods IS IN ANOTHER STATE!


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Default  Posted: 9:23 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

Has anyone found a way to make whole wheat bread not have the mouthfeel of cardboard?


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Default  Posted: 9:41 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

Yes BrokenRoad, use King Arthur Flour white whole wheat ... best. flour. ever.


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Default  Posted: 9:42 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

Has anyone found a way to make whole wheat bread not have the mouthfeel of cardboard?
Freshly grind the wheat berries for your flour. It's best used within 72 hours of grinding. Otherwise you can bake a brick with it!

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Default  Posted: 9:51 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

And you get wheat berries ... at Whole Foods? #fullcircle


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Default  Posted: 11:02 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

^^^^^^^


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Default  Posted: 11:27 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

Seriously? My Whole Foods IS IN ANOTHER STATE!

Whole Foods must be REALLY far away from me....because I've never even heard of it!


eta: I've never heard of 'wheat berries' either.....

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Default  Posted: 11:36 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)

And you get wheat berries ... at Whole Foods? #fullcircle

Well done!

Don't worry for me too much, everyone. If I can't make it to Whole Foods, there are two organic specialty markets even closer to my house.

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Default  Posted: 2:47 AM, February 24th (Monday)

Don't feel bad, NIK. It's also well known as Whole Paycheck.


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Default  Posted: 3:18 PM, February 24th (Monday)

I don't even like Whole Foods...


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DOH!  Posted: 6:29 PM, February 24th (Monday)

I'm torn.
I love the ability to find that item I can't get at the local Kroger.

But then I want to buy/make everything else when I get there and my paycheck needs to go to HEAT for the next 2 months while this Polar Vortex hangs round.

There's a place here called Holiday Market that has all kinds of stuff but it took me 30 mins just to preview it and I didnt even buy anything.


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Default  Posted: 7:19 PM, February 24th (Monday)

BR, my sister has this book called the Bread Makers Bible or something like that. I was just looking at it last week and it had a section on this very thing. It said you want to use something called "vital wheat gluten" which helps it rise and keeps it fluffier. You are basically adding more gluten to the flour.
Here's is an article that talks about it. I haven't used it, but my sister has. I just asked her and she said the regular grocery store carries it, it's not expensive and it works really well.

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-softer-and-fluffie-112168

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Default  Posted: 7:32 PM, February 24th (Monday)

Don't worry NG. I didn't know parchment paper was even edible, see?

(There must be some great cooks here, don't you think?)


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Default  Posted: 7:39 PM, February 24th (Monday)


Here's how I read it:

1 cup chopped nuts = chopped before measuring
1 cup nuts, chopped = chopped after measuring


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Default  Posted: 9:47 PM, February 24th (Monday)

Wheat berries are ok .. but you need a decent mill to grind them fine enough. That's something I don't have. I do have a meat grinder .. one of those old hand crank ones ... and a meat slicer. Making my own flour is just not high on my list ... lol


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Default  Posted: 6:42 PM, February 25th (Tuesday)

1 cup chopped nuts = chopped before measuring
1 cup nuts, chopped = chopped after measuring

This is correct.

Here's another example:
1 cup of sifted flour: sift first then measure
1 cup of flour sifted: measure first, then sift it

Parchment paper might be hazardous to your health?!! Say it ain't so!!! It is my absolute favorite in the kitchen. I can't bring myself to use silipat or anything of the kind. Cook your food on heated silicone? Sounds like a very bad idea to me!! I think I'll take my chances with parchment but will look into it further.

Tip: You can buy precut parchment paper 12 × 16½ which fits a standard baker's half sheet pan. Cookies, roasting veggies, etc. Kicks arse on the boxed roll of parch that you have to cut, never get the size right, nor do they lay flat. They also sell them round, perfect for cake pans, and they also sell round ones with holes so your dumplings don't stick to your bamboo steamers!!!! I don't bake, I cook and I use parchment all the time.


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