What is a Sieve Used for in Cooking?

Super Fine Mesh Sieve

A sieve is a type of strainer made of mesh. Mesh is a net-like structure with evenly placed pores. What Types of Sieves are Available? Sieves are available in various sizes and shapes and are made of different metals like stainless steel or aluminum, resin, silicone, fiber, or cloth. Sieves made of fiber or cloth … Read more

Pizza Peel Substitute

Pizza Peel Alternative

Pizza Peels are great, but what if yours is broken or you don’t have one? What is a Pizza Peel What is a pizza peel? It’s the vaguely shovel shaped tool with a flat area and a long handle that you use to get pizzas into and out of ovens safely. By safely I mean … Read more

What if I don’t have a Silicone Baking Mat?

What if I don't have a Silicone Baking Mat?

What Can I Use Instead of a Silicone Baking Mat? A silicone baking mat is created from excellent food-grade silicone to provide a non-stick surface for bakers. But what can you use instead of a silicone baking mat? You will find alternatives in the kitchen such as parchment paper, aluminum foil, wax paper, oil, and … Read more

Proofing Basket Alternatives

Proofing Basket Alternative

A proofing basket is essential to both seasoned and amateur bakers. A proofing basket is essential to the vital process of allowing dough to rise prior to baking. The proofing step allows leavening and fermenting, which results in an airy bread. However, proofing bowls can be substituted with a bowl, plastic container, wicker basket, linen … Read more

Why is it Called Blind Baking?

Why is it Called Blind Baking?

“Blind Baking” is a strange term… Blind Baking Explained Blind bakes are common with seasoned bakers, but most upcoming bakers find this term funny. Some people think the name comes from how the pie shell is baked. It is hard to see how the shell is cooked until the paper and weights are removed, making … Read more