Grandma's Basic Cooking Tips

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These basic cooking tips will come in handy when you use Grandma's old fashioned dessert recipes. The historical recipes are shown exactly as first published and sometimes will need additional instructions.

Practical baking tips and cooking methods were often passed down from one generation of cooks in a family to the next, and now they are yours to use.


Old Fashioned Recipe Help

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The vintage recipes sometimes contain outdated measurement terms like gill, salt-spoon, grain, and wineglass, making the quantities called for unclear. And because most old fashioned wood stoves of Grandma's day didn't have temperature gauges, only a few of the baking recipes provide accurate oven temperatures and cooking times.

So, I've gathered a collection of helpful hints to address the shortcomings of the old recipes along with some practical cooking methods to make your kitchen and baking chores easier. They'll also help to ensure that your homemade desserts will turn out just like Grandma's.

About Grandma's Hints and Tips

You'll enjoy using this collection of basic cooking tips, kitchen hints, standard cooking measures, historical baking measurements, and wood stove oven temperature conversions for modern day baking.

There's also helpful information on baking substitutions and even some step-by-step instructions for opening a coconut the easy way.

Some of the old hints are definitely from a bygone day; however, they are fun to read and you never know when you might find a practical use for them.

Yes, there really is something for everyone and more is being added, so be sure to bookmark this page and return to it often. So, let's begin with how to obtain nutrition information for the old fashioned recipes.

Nutritional Information

Old fashioned recipes rarely contained nutritional info, but you can easily visit the Verywell website for an approximate nutritional analysis and a Nutrition Facts Label for your recipe. Just copy and paste your ingredient list into the calculator and select the approximate number of servings.

Whenever the old fashioned recipes are written in paragraph form, you will need to estimate the number of servings and rewrite the ingredients as a list. For example:

"2 cups cake flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 pinch of salt" becomes...

2 cups cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1  pinch of salt

Simply follow the editing instructions for any ingredients and measurements not recognized.

For an example, here's an analysis of the Zesty Orange Cupcake Recipe:

Zesty Cupcake Recipe IngredientsRecipe Ingredients
Zesty Cupcake Recipe Nutrition AnalysisRecipe Nutrition

Egg Safety Tip

No Bake recipes might call for raw, uncooked eggs or egg whites. To avoid any health risk, please visit my Eggs and Salmonella page for simple instructions on how to safely adapt the old fashioned recipe.



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