Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great bargain on a kitchen scale

Whenever I shop at Kroger, I check out the clearance bins for good deals. I got a super deal on a Salter bamboo digital kitchen scale today. The original price was $29.99 and it was marked down to $5.00! Although I already have another Salter scale, I've had it quite a few years and it has always been a little hard to read. The digital display has black text on a dark gray background. Also, if I set a plate on the scale, it covers the display which makes it even more difficult to read. The new scale has a very large weighing surface and the display is huge and super easy to read. When I got home from the store, I looked up the scale on Amazon and was disappointed to see that it got very bad reviews. However, my husband tested it with jewelers weights and he said that it's very accurate. Hopefully I'll have better luck with mine than those people who wrote the bad reviews.

Here's what my old scale looks like:

I've used the heck out of it and it still works fine but I think the new scale will be even nicer to use.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Recipe Review - Best Keto Bread

Yesterday I came across this bread recipe and video on the Keto Connect website HERE. I like that it doesn't call for any weird specialty ingredients and I had everything on hand to make a loaf today. I did have a couple of concerns though. I'm not keen on low carb breads that taste really eggy, especially when toasted. I don't like that burnt egg flavor at all. My other concern was the fact that the recipe calls for three teaspoons of baking powder. That seemed like an awful lot to me and I know that baking powder can give baked goods a bitter after taste sometimes. I looked through a few of my recipes to see how much baking powder they called for and made the decision to cut back the amount of baking powder from three teaspoons to just one teaspoon. I'm happy to report that it didn't need more than one teaspoon for it to raise properly. My loaf looks pretty much like the one in the video.

I didn't make my batter in a food processor because I'd rather wash a couple of beaters and a bowl. I also thought I'd deflate the eggs whites less by folding them in rather than processing them.

I got 22 thin slices from my loaf but I think I might slice it even thinner next time. It took a little too long to toast it and the crust started to burn before the center got toasted well enough. I got better browning by making a grilled cheese sandwich but the untoasted part of the bread was a little too soft and spongy so I think it would have been better had it been thinner. Another reason to slice it thinner is because the bread is super filling. The slices may look small compared to commercial bread but they're at least twice as filling.

This is a very nice, neutral flavored bread and it doesn't taste too eggy even though it has six eggs in it. It also tasted pretty good toasted except for the black bits on the crust.

Here is the nutritional breakdown:

Per Slice: 81 Calories; 7g Fat; 3g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 1g Net Carb