Showcasing your brand to bakers and food producers doesn't have to be limited to trade shows and conferences. Effectively marketing and advertising to the baking industry means getting out in front digitally. It’s no secret that customers are spending time online. So what are ways to cut through the digital noise and reach your [...]
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Oats may be popular for their milk at the moment. So why should you bake with oat hull fiber? There’s more than one reason! One is that it can add some key functionality to your formula. It also has excellent adhesive, absorbent and textural qualities. Some of the functional benefits: Improve shelf life Retain more moisture Replace [...]
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The proofing step is often seen as an invariable operation which is inherently reliable by itself. This statement cannot be more inaccurate. The proofer operation relies on several factors to successfully provide the intended effect on the dough. Inside the proofer, the dough is expected to expand several times its initial size, develop flavors [...]
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Baking gluten-free can be a challenge. Especially for cookies. They easily turn out dry and crumbly, even with gluten! But it is possible to bake a delicious gluten-free cookie. You’ll just need to add a few extra ingredients. What works well in gluten-free cookies? Protein: Dairy, soy, egg, and pulse protein can help make up for [...]
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What's the difference? It’s all in the milling! It depends on the amount of bran left in the rye flour after processing. The more bran, the darker the flour. However, more than the color changes. Darker rye will have more nutrients from the bran. It will also have a slightly harder time with gluten formation. [...]
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I started my business FlaxSnax in hopes of fighting heart disease after losing my husband very young to a heart attack. I wanted to make a difference in the baking world, because, well, I’m four generations in the food business and first generation in the U.S. Even my great grandparents were bakers in Poland [...]
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Fluctuating temperatures, humidity and bacterial counts have always been the highest risks for quality and hygiene in the production of baked goods. But there is a way to control these factors to improve your product and process with this bakery system. The ARTISAN 4.0 system by the Artisan Management Group (AMG) is a group [...]
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There are a lot of emulsifiers out there. All have their different strengths and shortcomings. But what our industry needs now is a clean label one—lecithin. It’s a widely used emulsifier in the baking industry and it's a versatile one. Your lecithin source matters Lecithin is found naturally in many foods, with the most [...]
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Why do you add acids to baked goods? For chemical leavening, right? Well, that’s not all they are good for. Look at fumaric acid. With this ingredient, a little goes a long way. This is an acid with a high acidification power and neutralization value of 145. This means you can use less of [...]
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The vegan trend may have started off small, but it’s a force to be reckoned with these days. For bakers, it means replacing key functional ingredients. However, it’s also an opportunity for innovation and powerful solutions. So what do you need to know about it? Our first guest to weigh in is Mark Floerke, [...]
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You’ve probably noticed, but healthy foods are all the rage these days. So, if you want to start baking with healthier alternatives, start with learning how your new ingredients are going to act in formulas. Let’s take a look at spelt This is a highly nutritious ancient grain (so double points for trending foods). [...]
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Also known as enzyme-resistant starch, resistant starch is the part of starch that resists digestion (hence the name). But it’s also classified as a dietary fiber that comes with a whole list of health benefits. Nutritional benefits include: Improved glycemic index Controlled insulin responses Gut health Reduced blood glucose spikes after a meal What [...]
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Freshness is one of the biggest challenges in baked goods. The trick is keeping products tasting good over a long shelf life, especially if you have a clean label. But why do baked goods go stale in the first place? And what role can enzymes play in this process to save the day? To [...]
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