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4 Ways To Step Up Your Baking Skills

4 Ways To Step Up Your Baking Skills

People who work in the food industry sometimes say that cooking is an art and baking is a science. When a person is cooking, he or she can add or omit recipe ingredients according to personal preference. With baking, however, exact amounts of ingredients must be used and certain methods should be followed. If you’ve been looking for a way to improve your baking skills, here are four ways to step up your game.

1. Read Cookbooks

Some of the best recipes for baked goods have been contained in the pages of cookbooks for many years. Whether you’re looking for a new variation on cream puffs or seeking advice on how to properly prepare an apple-walnut bread, there’s a good chance that the information can be found in a cookbook. Cookbooks are great because they give you step-by-step instructions. That means if you follow them exactly, you should be able to create a masterpiece!

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2. Watch Television Cooking Shows

A broad spectrum of cooking programs are regularly aired on lots of different television networks. Check the TV listings to see when shows devoted to baking are scheduled. Most of the instructional baking shows that are aired on television are taught by very qualified instructors. You can also record shows that are dedicated to baking or look them up online. That way you can pause, rewind, and fast-forward as needed. You never have to miss a step again.

3. Enroll In A Baking Class

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to stepping up your baking skills. There are all sorts of baking classes offered at community colleges, local cooking schools, culinary schools, local night school programs, and even at supermarkets. When you decide to further your baking knowledge, you can usually find classes that fit into your schedule. There is definitely no better way to learn something than to get hands-on experience. Also, by taking classes, you can learn tips and tricks from a professional baker. Those are things that you may not be able to learn anywhere else. Taking classes is definitely worth the time and money.

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In addition to learning more about baking techniques, you will probably be learning about the science of baking. There are many things to learn about temperatures, measuring, and even common uses for sodium bicarbonate. More commonly known as baking soda, sodium bicarbonate is a chemical agent that causes cake batters to delightfully rise when they are baked. Sodium bicarbonate is also useful for soothing upset stomachs and treating some allergic reactions. This product also works great as a refrigerator deodorizer. Simply place a box of baking soda on a shelf in your refrigerator and it will help to absorb any unpleasant odors that may be present.

4. Research Baking Recipes And Techniques Online

There are many Internet websites that provide excellent content related to improving one’s baking skills. Plenty of recipes and baking tips are offered, and video baking tutorials are often available. You can also find basic tips and tricks to help your food turn out even better! You can learn things like how to make your bread fluffier or how to make your brownies not stick to the pan. The internet is home to a ton of really great resources, all you have to do is look for them.

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No matter how long you’ve been baking, there are always lots of new recipes, tips, and techniques that you can learn. Baking isn’t always easy, but it definitely can be a ton of fun for you and your whole family.

With this information, you will be baking better bread in no time! Check out more kitchen hacks with 55 Special Uses For Baking Soda You Never Knew.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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