AmyH888

My name is Amy and I’m an ex-chef and current food writer from Cape Town, South Africa. When I hung up my chef's whites for good I decided that it would be my mission to share my knowledge and love of food with as many people as possible through writing. Now, instead of working in a hot kitchen, I spend my days writing from home with my loyal dog and cat.

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Tapioca Starch vs. Wheat Flour: What is the Difference?

Side by side, tapioca starch and flour look very similar but don’t let looks deceive you. There are some important differences between these two flours. Today we are here to answer the question: what is the difference between tapioca starch and flour? Since the rise of gluten-free cooking, many different flours have come onto the …

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Tapioca Starch vs. Tapioca Flour: What is the Difference?

When trying out new recipes, sometimes you’ll come across ingredients with similar names, which can be confusing. One of these ingredients is tapioca starch and tapioca flour. So what is the difference? Short Answer:  Tapioca starch and tapioca flour are the same product that can be sold under either name. It can be confusing to …

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Xanthan Gum vs. Arrowroot: All You NEED TO KNOW!

If you are a keen gluten-free baker, then you may have noticed xanthan gum or arrowroot powder in the ingredients list of your gluten-free flours and other dishes. But what exactly are xanthan gum and arrowroot, and what is the difference between them? These two natural thickeners can help imitate the effects of gluten, so you …

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Pepper vs. Peppercorns: All You Need to Know 

Pepper is a seasoning that everyone has hanging around in their cupboards.  However, you might have noticed that some households use pepper while others use peppercorns, but what is the difference between pepper and peppercorns? When cooking, you’re bound to come across similar-sounding ingredients that can confuse you. But don’t worry, we are here to …

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Paprika’s Shelf Life: Does It Go Bad or Expire? How To TELL…

Paprika is a delicious smoky spice that deserves a spot in everyone’s spice rack. However, like with most spices, you only use a small amount at a time. This will leave you with a bottle of spices sitting in your spice rack for a long while. So, does paprika go bad? Many spices have a …

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Raisins Shelf Life: Can It Go Bad? HOW TO TELL…

Raisins are a healthy ingredient that is handy as a snack and great as a baking ingredient.  If you decide to stock up and buy a nice big bag, then you may need to ask yourself: do raisins go off? Short Answer:  Eventually, raisins will go bad, but if stored correctly, raisins can last up …

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Lard’s Shelf Life: Can It Go Bad? How To TELL FOR SURE…

Lard is rich pork fat that is often used for frying and baking.  However, it’s not something you use on a day-to-day basis, so that you may end up with a tub of lard sitting in the back of your fridge for months. If this has happened to you, you may be wondering: Does lard …

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Corn Tortillas’s Shelf Life: Can It Go Bad? How To Tell…

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as biting into a taco made from a fresh corn tortilla. The flavor is unbeatable. However, now that you’ve had dinner, you may find yourself with some leftover corn tortillas, which will lead you to ask yourself: do corn tortillas go bad? It’s a real pity when good food goes …

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Safflower vs. Saffron: What’s the Difference?

Have you ever wanted to cook a recipe that featured saffron only to be shocked at the price? Us too! Some recipes may suggest substituting this expensive spice for safflower. That brings us to today’s question: what is the difference between safflower and saffron? It can be easy to confuse specialty ingredients like saffron and …

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