Wok this Way! (Part 1 of 5)

Written by Helen Fan

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is to achieve food tenderness through quick cooking to retainrepparttar natural taste, flavor, and color ofrepparttar 148997 ingredients,repparttar 148998 wok's ingenious unique design makes it a perfect fit in Chinese cooking. Its bottom concentrates heat to achieve 2 objectives: 1) to directrepparttar 148999 heat atrepparttar 149000 food, while sealing inrepparttar 149001 flavors and allowing food to be cooked evenly, and 2) to allow cooking food quickly with very little oil. The stir fry cooking technique shifts food aroundrepparttar 149002 wok quickly, coating it with oil during cooking, as opposed to using a flat frying pan where a lot more oil is required. Consequently, cooking with a wok is essential for a healthy diet. It also has curved sides to keep in food that is being tossed and flipped during stir frying. Food, when cooked, may be moved uprepparttar 149003 sloping side ofrepparttar 149004 wok to stay warm without cooking further, while other food is cooked atrepparttar 149005 bottom. It is also ideal for deep frying as it requires less oil than any other kitchen cookware to dorepparttar 149006 job.

Next, in Part 2 of Wok this way!, we'll go over selecting a wok.

Helen Fan grew up in a family that has owned various Asian restaurants all over North America, from Vancouver (Canada), Houston (Texas), Decatur (Illinois), to Chicago (Illinois). She, and the rest of the Fan family are now sharing their decades of knowledge on the art of Chinese cuisine at http://www.ChineseHomeCooking.Com

High Altitude Baking

Written by Lauren Danver

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When buying cake mixes, look forrepparttar high altitude baking instructions onrepparttar 148954 box. Your quick breads will vary from muffin-like to cake-like in structure. The cell structure of biscuits and muffin-like quick breads should be firm enough to withstandrepparttar 148955 increased internal pressure at high altitudes withoutrepparttar 148956 need of adjustment. Be cautious, though, as a bitter or alkaline flavor can result from inadequate neutralization of baking soda or powder. To avoid this, reducerepparttar 148957 baking soda or powder slightly and this can often improve your results. The quick breads with a cake-like texture will be more delicately balanced and can often be improved at high altitudes when you followrepparttar 148958 adjustment recommendations given for cakes.

You can also take advantage of a variety of charts available for high altitude baking. These will come in handy and help you determine what adjustments to make according to how many feet above sea level you are. The higherrepparttar 148959 altituderepparttar 148960 more adjustments are needed.

The following guidelines may be used as a general rule of thumb. Remember to test each recipe, first, for best results:

3,000 to 4,500 feet: decrease baking powder 1/4 tsp per required tsp decrease liquids by 1 Tbs for each cup required

5000 to 6000 feet: decrease baking powder by 1/4 tsp for each tsp. required decrease sugar by 2 Tbs for each cup required increase liquid by 2 to 4 Tbs for each cup required

6000 feet and above: decrease baking powder by 1/4 tsp - 1/2 tsp for each tsp. required decrease sugar by 3 to 4 Tbs for each cup used increase liquid by 2 to 4 Tbs for each cup used

Altitudes over 10000 feet: same as 6000 feet, but add an extra egg to recipe

High altitude baking can be fun. As you experiment, you will come up withrepparttar 148961 formula that works for you at your level of elevation. You should begin withrepparttar 148962 suggested adjustments and then make minor tweaks here and there. Your good efforts will produce quality baked goods, sure to please evenrepparttar 148963 gourmet in all of us.

About the author: Lauren Danver is the owner of All Kitchen Supplies, where you can find all types of discount kitchen products. She also recently relocated from living at sea level to over 5,000 feet!

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