Food

Bread Machines

Bread machines came on the market about 1986, and became popular outside Japan by the late 1990s.  My first bread machine was a Black & Decker B1561. I replaced it with a Panasonic  SD-YD250 in 2016, and a Zojirushi Virtuoso (the 2016 model, the BB-PAC20) in 2020 [Updated]. There are well informed and thoughtful reviews …

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The idea of a low sodium diet is to consume less salt. There are many sources of information. Sources may  promote a fad or a personal theory. Buyer beware. These resources are scientific and fact based: The Low Sodium Program and other resources at  Please Don’t Pass the Salt  What Can I Eat at Hacking …

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Yeast

Yeast for baking at home is normally active dry yeast, rapid rise, or instant. Bread recipes from the 1940’s until the introduction of the other varieties refer to active dry yeast. Older recipes might refer to wet yeast, but it became rare. The differences between active dry yeast and  others dry yeasts: the particles of …

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Bread

Flour is the product of grinding and milling cereal (grain). The main point of harvesting grain is to preserve the starches in the cereal, to be eaten and metabolized into glucose. The Nafufians, hunter gatherers in Jordan, were making bread with wild cereal 12,500 BCE.  The master formula for ancient bread is to grind dried …

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Cookbooks

Dietary and culinary theories abounded – and still persist, that salt is adds flavour and should be used in cooking nutritious and tasty food. Salt has been added to food as necessary preservative e.g. ham, sausage, olives, cheese, soy and other sauces. It has become a normal practice to put some salt into any dish, …

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Salt

For quick reference in baking and bread machine baking, I read a refererence in a recipe as table salt, conventionally ground: Salt (sodium chloride) is a chemical agent used to cook or process food. Saltiness is regarded as one of 5 main tastes. (Scientists have not, as of 2018, identified a distinctive taste receptor for …

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Hypertension

I had a stroke in January. I was unconscious for a few days, hospitalized for a couple of weeks and off work for a few months. I was hypertensive. I thought I had been cooking healthy i.e. not using more salt than a recipe required etc. My blood pressure dropped with medication during my recovery. …

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Appliances

Since my move to Victoria, I have tried out and adopted some appliances and discarded others. I started with a new set of Paderno stainless steel pots – purchased cheaply in 2006 when Canadian Tire dropped the Royale sets. I have added another sauce pan and the steamer and double boiler (not Royale but who …

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Corn is not a Vegetable

Reuters Science News has a new story today reporting that the genome of maize has been sequenced, which reminds me that corn is a grain. It is a starchy carbohydrate. Like rice and wheat it could be cultivated to produce an abundant harvest that would feed villages and cities. It was a miracle food. It …

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