Friday, June 4, 2021

Uncommon Ingredients Explained

Uncommon Ingredients Explained 

Clear Jel is a refined cornstarch that reacts better for freezing and canning recipes in particular; cornstarch tends to go cloudy in these situations. Clear Jel is used in the same proportion of cornstarch (1:1) in baking recipes. Like traditional cornstarch and the health store alternatives - arrowroot and potato powder - this product needs to be combined with the sugar (or flour) prior to adding to any other ingredients in order to reduce clumps from forming.  

Sea salt is healthier than regular table salt; with its reduced processing it also has a smaller ecological impact. It is a natural source of iodine, which, among other nutrients, is essential for a healthy sex life. A local herbal consultant once told us that sea salt can also be used in place of Epsom salts in your bathwater. 

Tamari is considered to be less salty than soy sauce and is often stocked in health food stores. You can find low-salt versions of both tamari and soy sauce. Tamari sauce, however, has enzymes that aid digestion and promote healthy intestinal bacteria. 

Orange Zest, citrus zest or citrus powder are all terms referring to a similar product - to simplify we personally call it ‘citrus zest’. It is used to bring out other flavours and to condition flour. Chop lemon, orange or lime peel and allow to dry (or use a dehydrator) - turn this into a powder using a blender or grinder, and store in the cupboard as you would any spice or herb.

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