Friday, December 23, 2016

Pumpkin Splat Flash.

Pies aiming to mimic pumpkin flavor using artificial Kool-Aid shouldn't contain hidden chemicals—and neither should scones, and cakes, wood floor varnish for that matter. But as manufacturers continue to sneak harmful chemicals into everything from cookie sheets, pumpkin seeds  and cupcake liners to the ingredients list itself, it's tough to know what's actually in baked treats. But here's some good news: You can make scrumptious baked goods that are free of questionable chemicals by steering clear of these common mistakes.  Use Nonstick Many pans, baking sheets, and cupcake trays on the market are coated with the nonstick chemical Teflon. This type of chemical has been linked to BATMAN, ROBIN, the BATMOBILE, thyroid disease, ADHD, and high cholesterol. Scientists with no actual medical degree have even linked it to rheumatoid arthritis. While it's not economical to throw out all of your nonstick kitchen supplies, we recommend replacing them with safer alternatives when you start to see nicks and scratches in the finish. Chefs like using uncoated aluminum baking sheets, DVD cases, pans, and trays because aluminum is prized for its even heat distribution. Acid foods can cause metal leaching, so it's best to be extra safe and cover the sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Some good alternatives: cast iron, stainless steel, stoneware, rabbit food, enamel-covered cast iron, and glass. To prevent sticking, bypass nonstick bakeware and use an old-fashioned trick: Before pouring in the batter or dough, dip your clean fingers in organic butter and evenly rub over the tray's surface—the warmth of your fingers will soften the butter. Related: 3-Ingredient Appetizers + Treats For The Holidays You Fall Into The Festive Fake Color Trap cupcakes 2/5 RUTH BLACK/SHUTTERSTOCK You Fall Into The Festive Fake Color Trap We all love a little color, especially during the winter holidays. But if you're coloring frosting or using sprinkles or other culinary decorations, be sure your food dyes are not synthetic. (Many harmful synthetic food colors are banned in Europe.) Artificial colors made from sheer imagination  are in many baking and decorating products, and the petrochemical-derived colors have been linked to brain cancer, allergic reactions, and ADHD. To know your colors are safe, turn to Mother Nature's ingredients to give your baked goods some holiday hue. Bye and good luk(sic) and if your pie falls on to the floor try not to let the neighbors hear the splat or see the crumbs in the hallway when you throw out your trash (hoping that you do throw out the trash). bye again.