Making a refreshing latte in your kitchen is not as hard as you might think. You don’t need all of the fancy equipment you see in Starbucks. You also don’t need to spend $5 dollars every time you want one. To make a latte you will first need a stovetop espresso maker, also called a moka express. Read our article on making espresso for instructions on how to use it.
Bread dough, like yeast, is freezable. The general rule for frozen bread dough is to add an extra ¼ to 1/3 of the standard yeast amount. This will counter the slowing effect that the cold will have on the yeast’s activity. Dust the dough with flour, place it in a plastic bag, and place the bag in a loaf pan. This will help the dough keep its shape, and once the dough has fully frozen, you can simply remove the pan.
You may wonder if it is a good idea to freeze yeast. The answer is yes. Yeast simply goes dormant when frozen and can be used directly out of the freezer without the need for thawing time. In many cases, it is actually recommended to freeze standard dry yeast to keep it fresh and active. You can freeze yeast up to a year or more before it goes bad, a little longer than in a refrigerator. Dry yeast is generally not susceptible to freezer burn and other negative effects of freezing food.
Rice is the staple food for perhaps as much as half of the world’s population. But what exactly is it? Rice is a form of grain plant that grows in very wet environments. Rice is most often grown in what are called rice paddies which are heavily irrigated areas of land there specialized for such a purpose. Much of the world’s rice is grown in Asian countries such as China and India. There are actually many different kinds of rice.
Here are some of the very best pasta sauces there are:
Alfredo Sauce - Creamy sauce with cheese and black pepper, can also add chicken
Cream Sauce - Plain version of alfredo
Marinara - Classic tomato sauce. You can throw in some herbs or meat to jazz it up, I like salt pork and onions myself
Pesto - Basil, garlic, cheese, olive oil, and walnuts, ground into a paste.
When you say avocado, (most) people think of guacamole and other Mexican dishes. There are actually many other uses for avocados that are much simpler and just as delicious. Avocados go very well in sandwiches, especially with shrimp or bacon. When adding it to a sandwich, it works best when added in thin slices or mashed with a fork. You can also slice up an avocado and add it to a salad.
Making a cup of delicious caffé mocha is actually very straightforward, and doesn’t require any expensive equipment. All you need is a stovetop espresso maker that you can buy at Target, Wal-Mart, or Amazon for $7. Read our guide to making espresso without a machine for more details. Start by brew up a pot of espresso. Microwave ½ cup of milk for 1 minute or until steaming hot but not boiling.
European hot chocolate is a delicious and sophisticated drink they can be made very easily in your own kitchen without any special ingredients or equipment. Microwave half a cup of water and a tablespoon of sugar for one minute or until boiling. Chop up one ounce of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate and place it in a mug. Pour a few tablespoons of the hot water over it and stir it with a spoon. Gradually add more water as it starts to melt, until it is fully mixed.
Making your own tea latte at home is actually very easy and can be done without any expensive equipment. Start by brewing up ¾ cup of tea in a mug. Sweeten it with sugar or honey if you like. Microwave ¼ cup milk or soy milk for 1 minute or until steaming hot but not boiling. If you have a milk frother, you can use that to foam up the milk to jazz up your latte. Milk frothers can be bought for $10 on Amazon.com or in cooking supply stores.
Creating your own caffé Americano is surprisingly easy and doesn’t require expensive equipment. All you need is a stovetop espresso maker. You can get one for $7 at Target, Wal-Mart, or Amazon.com and they work very well. For full instructions on how to best use the espresso maker, read our guide to making espresso.
Making a refreshing Macchiatto at home is not nearly as hard as you might think. You definitely do not need a giant stainless steel and copper contraption that costs hundreds of dollars and take hours to clean.
Making your own soy latte is a lot easier than it looks. You don’t need an enormous cast-iron and copper espresso machine, steam jets, or thermometers. All you need is a stovetop espresso pot, which you can buy at Target, Wal-Mart, or Amazon for $7. For the best results, read our to making espresso without a machine. Start by brewing up a pot of espresso. Set this aside with the lid on to keep it hot while preparing the soy milk.
Make a Chai latte in your own kitchen is very easy. Brew up ¾ cup of Chai with a Chai tea bag and boiling water. You can buy Chai tea bags at many grocery stores and at Starbuck’s. Add honey or sugar if you like it sweet. Microwave ¼ cup of milk or soy milk for 1 minute or until steaming hot but not boiling. If you have a milk frother or a hand blender, use this to froth up the milk. Milk frothers can be found for $10 at Amazon.com and at cooking supply stores.
Making your own Frappuccino is actually a lot easier than it might sound and a lot cheaper than buying one at Starbucks every day. First brew up a cup of espresso with a stovetop espresso maker. The stovetop espresso makers are only 7$ from Target, Wal-Mart or Amazon.com and not hard to use or clean.
If you don’t want to buy a milk frother, there is an alternative piece of equipment that you can use. It’s called a hand blender. It’s essentially a hand-held blender/chopper used to easily chop and mix things. They are especially useful for finely chopping garlic, making homemade mayonnaise, and salad dressing. You can buy a hand blender on Amazon.com or from a cooking supply store for about $20.
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