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Gluten-Free Baking Tips
Gluten-Free Baking Tips

As I stand at the counter during cooking demos, hands coated in flour and bits of dough on my apron, someone inevitably asks about gluten-free baking. They have a family member, friend, or colleague who can’t/won’t/doesn’t want to eat gluten and they’ve no idea what...

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Setting up a Canning Kitchen & Giveaway

In June, Amy Bronee came to town for a book signing at The Bookshelf. If her name is familiar, she’s the author of The Canning Kitchen and writes the Family Feedbag blog. While I had only to stroll a few blocks from my home, several food bloggers drove from out...

Deep Dark Cherry Chipotle Brownies by The Messy Baker
Buying Dark Chocolate for Baking

I’m on CTV News at Noon today, making Deep Dark Cherry & Chipotle Brownies and hopefully not too big a mess. This recipe graces the cover of my book and is a hit with people who love a bit of heat with their chocolate. That...

Spinach Dill Pockets by The Messy Baker
Working with Phyllo Pastry

Phyllo is that shattery pastry found wrapped around many Greek and Middle Eastern treats. Thin as tissue paper, it’s notoriously hard to make from scratch. While it has a reputation of being finicky to work with, it’s surprisingly co-operative if you treat it graciously. I didn’t...

How to get more flavour out of your chicken stock
Make the Most Flavorful Chicken Stock

Not everyone reads the comments section, so I thought I'd start a separate post to share the conversation I've been having with Barbara about chicken stock. Barbara has moved to a small apartment and is re-learning to make stock without $7 stewing hens and a...

Reactive and non-reactive materials in your kitchen
What is a non-reactive pot or bowl

A lot of recipes, especially for jams and sauces, call for a non-reactive pot or bowl. When a recipe writer specifies a non-reactive vessel, we're not trying to be confusing or cryptic or sound like a know-it-all -- even if that's how we come off....

Dried peaches made in a food dehydrator - TheMessyBaker.com
8 Reasons to buy a Food Dehydrator

My bedroom closet houses clothes, shoes, a cat-clawed housecoat, my knitting needle collection and a food dehydrator. Too wide for our narrow pantry, this unit spends most of the year in a corner of my closet looking like an abandoned R2-D2 action figure on Boxing...

Apricot & Honey Jam - TheMessyBaker.com
Round-Up: Jam, Jellies and Marmalade Recipes

As the late-summer harvest reaches its peak, I've been covering the basics of homemade jams and jellies. Making delicious, well-set preserves isn't alchemy but you do need to have a few basic pieces of equipment and understand what's required to make jams safe. Below is...

How to tell if jam is set - TheMessyBaker.com
How to tell when jam is set

Even with a solid recipe, good ingredients and the right equipment, telling when a jam or jelly is set can be tricky. If you don't cook it long enough you can end up with fruit sauce. If you cook it too long you have a...

How to Sterilize and Process Preserves - TheMessyBaker.com
How to Sterilize and Process Jars for Preserves

For those who are coming late to this series on homemade preserves, you might want to read the two previous posts. 1. Essential Tools for Making Preserves  and 2. Key Ingredients for Great Homemade Jams and Jellies. For those, like me, who just want to...

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