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CHOW Bagel

The Cook's Illustrated bagel recipe uses only 2 teaspoons of salt along with 4 cups of flour. Maybe the two tablespoons listed here is a typo.

Apr 27, 2008
papi in Recipes

Sourdough bread with citric acid

I've never tried it, but I've heard that some commercial bakers use citric or acetic acid (vinegar) in their bread, which supposedly makes an inferior product. I think real sourdough is made sour by lactic acid produced by bacteria in the starter culture, so I don't know if citric acid has the same taste as lactic acid.

I suppose you can try it and see if you like it; bread is cheap to make. I make sourdough that is plenty sour with nothing but starter, flour, water, and salt.

Feb 11, 2007
papi in Home Cooking

The Spice That Binds

Isn't vodka essentially just a 35% or 40% solution of ethyl alcohol? It sounds like the Nielsen-Massey people are just using corn-derived vodka for their extract.

As far as stocking up on 30-packs of beans...how long can you keep them, and in what environment?

Feb 10, 2007
papi in Features