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The Common Causes of Failure in Baking

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

“You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney

There is an unlimited number of common reasons why a person may fail at baking something. However, in general, all these reasons can be broken down into four common causes for failure in baking: your ingredients, your equipment, your environment, and yourself. If you understand these four key factors, which contribute to all common baking failures and set measures to prevent them, you will find that your failing rate will go down.

Failure in Baking1. Your ingredients

One of the four most common causes of baking failure, your ingredients are the most important part of the baking process. Why? Because they make up the final product that you get, of course. It is all too often that people jump into baking without understanding what their ingredients are for, what their ingredients do, and how their ingredients affect the baking process.

If you take some time to read up a bit about the ingredients you are using in your baking and get to understand them better, then there is no doubt that you will definitely improve to the point of not making any mistakes.

Sometimes, you may have unluckily gotten a bad recipe. The recipe either gives you the wrong measurement for ingredients or maybe it gives you the directions but not very clearly. The problems from this too can be avoided by better understanding of the ingredients, their combinations, and the methods required to mix them.

2. Your equipment

The equipment you use is a very essential part of the baking process, but it is so often overlooked. Just like with your ingredients, you have to understand your equipment well. I’m not saying that you have to be an electrician or mechanic, but at the very least you should know the ins and outs of the baking equipment you use in your own home and the best equipment for the job. Every single thing you use, from the cake pan to the mixing bowl, can affect your baking and cause you to fail.

It would be impossible to mention every aspect, but just for the sake of illustration let us take the cake pan as an example. Different cake pans will lead to different outcomes for your cake. Dark-colored baking pans will require a lower baking temperature than shiny, light-colored ones. Some cakes require you to grease and flour your cake pans, and some do not.

3. Your environment

Your environment doesn’t cause you to fail as often as the other factors, but it does play tricks on you from time to time. Things like the weather and temperature of the air can affect your baking tremendously. The altitude at which you are baking will affect several factors too. Therefore, it is important that you understand how your environment affects the baking process.

4. Yourself

In the end, all the three factors above lead to the problem of ‘yourself’. It’s because you didn’t understand how your ingredients, your equipment, and your environment affect the baking process that you find yourself presented with the problem of failure. Sometimes you may have been careless, and not followed the directions specified in the recipe correctly. Other times you may have been in a hurry and done everything in a rush without thinking and preparation.

Conclusion

Once you cover these four bases, you will significantly lower your failure rate. And in the unlikely situation that you fail after that, you will probably understand why you failed, and know how to avoid it in the future.

Help Your Children Protect Their Environment

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Today’s children are exposed to scary headlines about the environment and they may feel nervous when they see such events as Hurricane Sandy’s devastation on the East Coast. You can help your children take charge of these feelings. Help them overcome their feelings of vulnerability by giving them specific tasks to improve the environment.

Obviously, you should use recycling

Perhaps your city has a recycling system set up where your trash is assigned to various units. Your child can help you sort paper products and plastic to save and recycle. Older children can research where recycling opportunities are available in your community.

Kids love to muck around in the dirt

Teach them how to create a compost pile. You can show them how to save apple cores, potato peels, coffee grounds, and other organic leftovers. Let them handle the compost pile. They will get a lot of satisfaction out of adding to it on a regular basis, turning the material, and using it to plant new plants.

Let them choose and plant their own flowers, fruits, or vegetables

You can give them advice about what will work and what won’t work. For instance, if you live in a cold climate, they may have to wait a while to plant spring flowers. But don’t take over their garden. Children will get a lot of satisfaction from creating their own growth.

In many places, the topic of drinking water preservation is very serious

You might encourage your children to practice saving freshwater. Does it take a while for the water in the bathtub to heat up? Have them save this water in a bucket and use it to water their garden. If they take showers, they can throw that same bucket in the bathtub and collect some clean water from the leftover shower water. Remind them that soap doesn’t always work well on plants.

If your children have old toys, help them learn to recycle and thereby help other people

Have them round up the toys and take them to a collection center of some sort. Goodwill Industry has collection centers all over the country and they love getting toys. Habitat for Humanity has collection centers in many places. And your local church may have collection centers to donate items to those who can’t afford to buy them. Encourage your children to understand that by recycling something they no longer use, they are not only benefiting someone else, but they are benefiting the earth.

Older children can learn to recycle all those many electronics they no longer use. Did you buy your child a new cell phone? What are they going to do with the old one? Let them do the research and decide the best manner of disposal. Perhaps the phone is not worth passing along to someone else, in which case they can find a local center to recycle used electronics.

Children may not say they’re worried about the changing environment. But you have an opportunity to let them learn how to change what they can by their own actions. Help your children learn to be good stewards of the earth, and you will teach them to be more confident about their future.

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