Relationship between animal abuse and certain pastry ingredients

 This may come to a surprise to you but there is a lot of animal abuse behind the scenes not shown to the general public. Only the end products (eggs, milk, cream (35%), etc) are seen by the consumers in supermarkets or in fast food stores.

What harm does drinking milk have to do with animals? What abuse do animals go through simply by purchasing milk, cream, butter and other dairy products?

I'm sure you will find these videos an eye opener.  Watch these videos and everything will be crystal clear, but they are extremely difficult to watch.

Relationship between raising cows and climate change

Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

using milk and butter to make pastry

 What can we do? This fight is a long endless battle. Things cannot change over night. We must all contribute a bit at a time to do our part and make a difference. Think of these videos whenever you purchase meats and dairy products. Becoming a vegetarian or even better, vegan is an excellent alternative.

Severe animal abuse in Mexico

Here's really how it's made;

The Emotional World of Farm Animals

 

Dairy calf investigation

Relationship between animal abuse and meats

Animal abuse does not only occur in dairy products, but also in consuming any kind of meats;

How bacon is made

 

How eggs are made

 

Calves for leather car interiors

Crocodile abuse due to crocodile skin industry

 

For much more detailed information on animal abuse related to pastry making please follow this link.

Be aware of what you purchase at all times

Always be aware of what you purchase at all times; be aware of the violence against innocent loving animals

Here's another video to make you aware of what you are wearing;

 

Horrific duck abuse at duck factory farms 

Animal cruelty related to wool

Sheep Punched, Stomped on, Cut for Wool

 

Lose Your Appetite for Meat in 60 Seconds

 

Ostriches Killed for Hermès, Prada Bags 

 

Insane animal abuse

Fast foods and the secret suffering of chickens

 

Horrific Cruelty in Kosher Slaughterhouses

CONCLUSION

So why did we add this article in our pastry site?  Mainly because we love animals.

What can each one of us do? This fight is a long endless battle. Things cannot change over night. We must all contribute a bit at a time to do our part and make a difference. Everyone can contribute to minimizing animal abuse by simply limiting your intake of milk, cream, butter and other dairy products or another words desserts. One way to limit these products is to search for dairy-free desserts. Well, one can say, how about all the pastry shops that will close down trying to save the animals? Families will begin to starve. Well, we are going from one extreme to the other. What we are looking for is a balance of both worlds. We do not have the answers. We simply are making consumers be aware of their actions in order to limit animal abuse.

Be aware of what you purchase and what you wear. There is always animal abuse behind whatever you purchase.  For example, clothing with wool = sheep abuse. Buying certain purses = ostrich abuse. It's all about demand and supply. If there is no demand by the public there will not be any production, eliminating animal abuse in one industry. The point here is that we all have to be aware of our actions (purchases).

Of course there are solutions to certain problems, like purchasing eggs. Go to your city hall and ask if you are allowed to raise chickens in your area. If yes, you can have your eggs without being part of any chicken abuse. You will be raising the animals and taking care of them. Of course at the end of the season the chickens will have to be slaughtered of which you have control of how abusive the end of the animal will be.

We are human and we do need to eat to survive. One cannot cut down on meats and dairy all at once. This is a gradual process, and if everyone does his or her part, we can simply minimize as much harm as possible done to the animals.

 This is just the tip of the iceberg. We haven't mentioned abuse of other animals, eg; snakes (purses, shoes), monkeys (abuse though experiments), mice (abuse though experiments), elephants (abused for our entertainment), horses, fish, bulls (bull dies a horrible death of human entertainment)  etc..... the list is endless.

So if you go in any of the major fast food stores for lunch and/or dinner daily, simply think of the animal abuse that is behind that animal.This will only make you more human. Humans were not meant to drink milk from other animals. This is happening, mainly because of brainwashing through television  by large corporations, telling you that their product is good for you. Do you know of any animal that drinks milk coming from another animal? No. We (humans) are the only species that drink milk from other animals. 

We found a very interesting video of human evolution; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UCmCs7hc1g

If you are a true animal lover you should love a cow or pig or chicken or any other animal, the exact same way you love your cat and/or dog.

There is a very simple solution to animal abuse once we work together on this. It simply involves changing your diet bit by bit, but we must all follow the same path. For example don't consume beef daily, but gradually limit your intake to once every two weeks. Another way to prevent animal abuse is for each individual household to raise their own animals in order for them to be treated more humanly.

We'd love to hear from you what you think. Please email us if you like.

 

 

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Introduction to Caramel ice cream

To fully understand the theory behind frozen desserts, please visit our frozen desserts theory page. In this lesson we will teach you how to make caramel ice cream with eggs.

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(bitter-tasting caramel ice cream)

 When it comes to caramel ice cream, there is a wide range of preferences when cooking the sugar syrup; from mild caramel taste to bitter caramel taste. For more details click on the bottom link to view our video and recipe.

Ice cream consists of a few simple ingredients; cream and/or milk, egg yolks, sugar and flavorings or fruit juices or purees. Before you start making ice cream, you must fully understand the effect of each ingredient on the final product. Once you have that down, you can then begin to experiment with your recipe, in order to derive your own perfect recipe. Our video training lesson focuses on the effects of each ingredient followed by a tested recipe for you to enjoy.

We have simultaneously made Caramel ice cream ,chestnut ice cream, praline ice cream, pistachio ice cream, maple syrup with walnuts ice cream, etc so that we can distinguish what ingredient mostly affects the outcome of the ice cream. From making numerous ice creams we were able to derive the correct formula for a perfect ice cream every time. Follow the link at the bottom of the article if you wish to find out the results of our findings.

Storing and serving ice cream

Once the mixture of ice cream is ready it should be placed in the freezer. The longer you wish to store a churned ice cream, the colder the freezer should be.

Individual ingredient effects when making ice cream, troubleshooting tips and training video

For more information on the subject, and the exact quantity of ingredients used, see our step by step video tutorial on making Caramel ice cream.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to cut even cake layers

 chocolate cake layers shown

Cutting even cake layers is not as easy as it looks. It takes some practice to perfect this technique. 

TIP: It is best to cut the cake when it’s semi-frozen (about 5 minutes at room temperature). 

Tools required for cutting cake layers;

  • Revolving cake stand (optional)
  • Long serrated knife (see our pastry kit)
  • Knife leveler tool (optional) -see below

Procedure for cutting even cake layers

Cutting perfect cake layers

  • First remove the dome or top crust of the cake by tracing a line (about 1-inch deep) all around the top edge of the cake. 
  • Once you trace a line all around, use this line as your guideline. Slowly rotate the cake while at the same time start cutting deeper into the cake using a long serrated knife. 
  • Once the top crust is removed, do the same for the bottom crust, but cut only a very thin layer of crust.
  • The remaining cake will be cut into 3 or 4 layers. Pastry shops usually cut the cake in 4 layers.

Video demonstration on how to cut even cake layers

In the video demonstration we are using a 'guide' (sold through our site), to ensure that all cake layers are cut evenly. If you are a beginner this 'guide' will be of great use to you. 

TIP: When purchasing this 'guide' it is recommended to use a pair of 'guides' per knife, which renders the knife useless, because now the knife is too short. If you used a pair of these tools, you would need to purchase an even longer serrated knife, costing you for sure, a few hundred dollars more. Well, we got around this problem as shown in the video.

This tool works perfectly if your serrated knife is about 43.5cm long (handle: 14.5cm long), and the cake diameter is 8-inch or even 10-inch. The exact knife that we use has a perfect handle thickness suitable for cutting 1 cm thick cake layers, which allows you to use only one knife leveler or guide. 

Long serrated knife to use with the knife leveler tool in pastry

NOTE: Even if you are not a beginner, you could still make use of this tool to ensure identical cake layer thickness every time. 

Knife leveler tool

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knife leveler tool for cutting even cake layers



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knife leveler for cutting even cake layers


$5/Pair

IMPORTANT: Knife leveler price does NOT include the shipping cost. Must click on paypal buttons below for shipping cost payment.

 

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About our recipe tables

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Sample recipe table

All the recipes in our course are given by weight and percentages. The advantage of having a recipe in percentages is of extreme importance. You can alter the size of the recipe to any size you wish, and most importantly you can make recipe comparisons to notice the effects of ingredients between recipes.

What is your cost of making sponge cake

If you would like to know what your cost is to making sponge cake please follow this link.

 

 

 

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Introduction to Greek Yogurt

Question. What is Greek yogurt?
Answer. Yogurt is a semisolid sour-tasting food prepared with milk and fermented by adding certain 'good' bacteria. The acidification of the milk gives the yogurt the sour taste. Greek yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt because the some of the excess whey is stained off. By removing some of the excess whey, there are fewer carbohydrates (sugar) in the yogurt and more protein, which makes Greek yogurt a healthier alternative to regular yogurts depending on your diet.


greek yogurt

Procedure for making Greek yogurt

The process for making Greek is very simple;

  • Heat the milk to a specified temperature.
  • Cool the milk to a specific fermentation temperature.
  • Add the bacterial cultures.
  • Allow mixture to ferment until the bacteria grows and gels the milk.
  • Once the milk mixture has thickened, strain it to remove some liquid whey, leaving you with the end product of Greek yogurt.

NOTE:  No special tools are required except a thermometer and cheesecloth.

straining yogurt

(Straining yogurt using cheese cloth)

Making Greek Yogurt Demo

 

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All the recipes in our course are given by weight and percentages. The advantage of having a recipe in percentages is of extreme importance. You can alter the size of the recipe to any size you wish, and most importantly you can make recipe comparisons to notice the effects of ingredients between recipes.

What is your cost of making Greek yogurt

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Please follow this link in order to view our recipe and step-by-step video instructions on how to make the perfect Greek yogurt every time

 

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Useful information on fruits relating to pastry


High Pectin Fruits; apples, citrus fruits, apples, cranberries, currants, Plums, grapes, quinces.

Low Pectin Fruits; apricots, blueberries, cherries, peaches, pears, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries.

Acidic fruits; cranberry, grapefruit, kiwi, lemon, limes, orange, pomegranate, pineapple, strawberry, tangerines.

Semi-acidic fruits; Apple, blackberry, cherry, grapes, lychee, mango, nectarine, peach, pear,plums,raspberries.

Sweet fruits; Apricot, banana, date, fig, grapes, mango, melons, papaya, pineapple, pruns.

Low-sugar fruits: apple, avocado, berries (raspberries, blackberries), bell peppers, cherries, cucumber, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, tomato, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, eggplant, lemons, limes.

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All you need to know about pastry bag decorating tips

How to use the coupler with a pastry bag

 

what are couplers for pastry bags

how to setup a coupler in a pastry bag

You place a coupler and insert it into the pastry bag before you fill the pastry bag with butttercream, icing or whatever you wish to use depending on what you are working on. The advantage of using a coupler, is that you can easily attach different tips to the pastry bag without having to empty the contents of the bag. Here is how you go about this.

inserting the coupler in a pastry bag

pastry bag coupler assembly

  1. You must first separate the coupler into two pieces.
  2. Place the conical portion with external threads into the empty pastry bag, and push it through the narrow-mouthed end of the pastry bag.
  3. Cut the bag if necessary up to the very first thread. Do NOT cut further or the opening may be too big to hold the coupler in place, anotherwords, the pastry bag must be discarded.
  4. Place the pastry tip of your choice onto the narrow-mouthed end of the pastry bag.
  5. Place the coupling ring over the tip onto the threads of the inner coupler, so that the tip will be held in position.
  6. If you need to change the tip, loosen the ring and take off the tip and replace it with another tip and tighten the ring back in position.

inserting coupler over pastry tip

Pastry tubes (pastry tips)

Another essential part of a pastry bag is the pastry tube or pastry tip. It is essential to have the correct pastry tube so that you can provide your creations with a flair of uniqueness. Most of the pastry tubes available these days are either made of metal or plastic. All the pastry tubes must be washed by hand and should be dried right away after washing. Based on the shape and size of their outlets, the pastry tubes are categorized into various groups. Each pastry tube in the group is allotted a figure which will create decorations very much like the others in its own group. Some of the common tips used in a pastry tube are leaf tip, rose tip, star tip, round tip and various unique specialty tips.

Learning to work with the correct tips

There is a vast number of tip shapes available in the market. Some are very specific to doing a particular shape, like the honoré tip or the basket weave tip. Believe it or not, some star tips and round tips are all you need, in the beginning anyway.

Most of the time, it is common sense as to which tips to use. For example, if the batter you wish to use is very delicate (full of air which you do not wish to loose) would you use a small or larger round tip? Of course you would use a large tip, to minimize the pressure to the batter, so the batter will not loose its volume.

Don't be afraid to experiment with different tips to see the end results of each tip. One of the tips we would recommend for cake borders would be tip #842 or #843 tips.

Do you have what it takes?

Just on using a pastry bag and pastry tips, you need to spend a few months of practicing full-time, just so that you can become consistent in whatever you are making, a word that you will hear over and over in the trade. For example, if you are making a cake border using a star tip making shells are very popular. When making the shells you will have to make each shell of identical size and form, as well place the shell at the exact position at the edge of the cake all throughout. This may sound easy but it's not once you give it a try.

Using a star tip does not only make you a shell but various other designs such as a stars, rosettes, etc. Your imagination is your limit.

The specialized tips, you will have to try them one by one, and experiment to see what they have to offer in terms of designs.