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Springform Pan that Doesn't Leak?

It's perfectly fine to use plastic wrap in the oven as long as it is completely covered with aluminum foil AND it makes contact with water or humidity (such as steam or a water bath). I baked stuffing with this method at 350 deg. and the plastic wrap did not melt or burn. A professional chef is my source for this new technique. I'm looking forward to trying it on the underside of my water-bath-cheesecake this week.

Nov 26, 2012
TuffGong in Cookware

Does Drinking Ice Water Burn Calories?

As a wildland firefighter, we were asked to drink a gallon of water a day before and during training. I noticed a big difference between drinking and not drinking the gallon. During the fire season, we were required to carry 2 gallons of water for the desert fires, which we easily drank. On really hot days I drank 3 gallons a day. In the higher cooler altitudes we were required to carry 1.5 gallons, which most days I would go through most to all it. My body healed much faster and I was able to perform high energy activities for long periods when I was well hydrated (and fed). Thirst is the not the first sign of dehydration, but usually it is the one we notice first. Being properly hydrated allows your body to perform/metabolize at its best. If you drink lots of water, remember to consume electrolytes once in a while (sodium=salt, calcium, potassium, chlorine, phosphate, magnesium). Side note: Do not focus on loosing weight; focus on BEING your perfect weight.

Feb 21, 2008
TuffGong in Features