Home-Ec 101 Book Review and Giveaway

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Have you ever wanted or needed a book that you could “go to” for all your homemaking questions? Well,  Heather has created that book for you! Home-Ec 101 is a great resource! With over 230 pages of information…including cleaning, washing, fixing and cooking!!

Helping you break down your weekly chores, Heather suggests big chores and fast chores. Sometimes, you simply only have time to get a fast chore done, maybe in between appointments or picking up the kids. I think it’s a great idea.

Fast Chore Ideas…

  • 15-Minute Pick-up
  • 15-Minute Dusting
  • Car and Entry Clean up

How about tackling the Spring Cleaning? Do you have a system for getting your chores done during the Spring? Some of these you may have thought of or maybe not.

Spring Cleaning Ideas…

  • Inspect screens for damage {preventing bugs from entering along with the fresh air}
  • Clean and inspect gutters
  • Clean patio furniture

Even though I cook and bake…A LOT…I’m not a professional, nor have I had any formal training. There is lots of great information on cooking in the Home-Ec 101 Book also. Recipes often tell you to simmer the ingredients, or maybe boil first then simmer…what really is the difference?

Boil vs Simmer…

Heather says “The bubbles you see rising to the surface of boiling water is the gas form of the molecules escaping from the liquid form of the molecules, the surface tension of water molecules is what gives the bubbles their round shape. When a bubble reaches the top of the water, it bursts and the steam escapes into the air. Once the boiling point is reached, even if you turn up the burner, the liquid will not increase in temperature. It may boil more vigorously as more liquid turns into gas, but it won’t get any hotter.

Simmering is the stage before the bubbles have enough energy to break the surface tension. Not only does simmering require less energy from your appliance, it also keeps many proteins from becoming tough. This is why soups and stews are simmered rather than boiled.”

Let’s talk ingredients…or actually the difference between them. How about when you run out of an ingredient and wonder if you can substitute?

Baking Soda vs Baking Powder…

Heather teaches us…”Baking soda is sodium bicarconate. It’s weakly alkaline and it will react with acids such as vinegar or buttermilk to create bubbles. These bubbles are what give quick breads such as muffins and cake their loft. If baking soda does not have an acid to react with, nothing happens, and the baked good will have the bitter flavor of unreacted baking soda.

Baking powder is a mixture of sodium bicarconate, cream of tartar and a drying agent – usually a starch of some sort. The cream of tartar provides the acid for the reaction when the baking powder comes in contact with a liquid.

If a recipe calls for baking soda and you only have baking powder, triple the amount used, but expect a small change in flavor. If the recipe calls for baking powder and you’re out of cream of tartar – then you are out of luck. If you have cream of tartar on hand, it’s two parts cream of tartar for one part baking soda. Mix thoroughly before adding to the dry ingredients.”

So, have you learned a little? I know I learned TONS from Heather’s book. She also has a blog, Home-Ec 101, where you can find her helpful hints, recipes, meal plans and more!

You can find Home-Ec 101 on Amazon and they even have one for Kindle! Or you can enter to win your own copy…

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES: Two winners will receive Home-Ec 101 Skills for Everyday Living. Open to everyone {US, Canada, Europe, etc}

This giveaway will remain open until Thursday March 31, 2011 at 10 p.m. CST. Winner will be chosen at random, notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Entries only accepted on this page. Facebook and Twitter entries do not count.

REQUIRED ENTRY:

  • Visit Home-Ec 101, come back HERE and share with us a helpful hint you found.

BONUS ENTRIES: Please leave a seperate comment for each entry.

Disclosure: I received Home-Ec 101 Book for review. All the opinions are my own. There are also affiliate links in the post.

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