Baking is like a science. There are so many ingredients you can use to substitute for others, but making sure you have the right measurements are key. The first thing you're going to want to do before you embark upon your baking endeavours is to stock your kitchen full of baking staples. Baking soda, shortening, yeast, and evaporated milk are great places to start. Take yeast, for example. You can use active yeast or instant yeast. (Give Red Star Yeast a try.) But don't confuse standard yeast with nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast isn't a baking ingredient that causes dough to rise — nutritional yeast is something you can sprinkle on top of certain dishes to add a unique flavor and a nice little crunch. Don't get us wrong, though — we're big fans of nutritional yeast!
Anyway, back to baking ingredients: Baking soda is another must-have. You can put baking soda in your fridge to keep everything smelling fresh, or you can use baking soda in your cake or pancake recipes. Shortening is also very useful and can be used as a butter substitute. Shortening is typically used for crispy, flakey pastries and crusts that don't have an elasticity to them. Crisco is a super popular shortening brand,and they also make vegetable shortening. Crisco shortening and Crisco oil also has Crisco recipes on the back of their label, which is definitely convenient.
Now that you've got your yeast, your baking soda, and your shortening, what's next? Give evaporated milk a try. Evaporated milk comes in a can and can stay fresh for much longer than regular milk, making it great for making things like pumpkin pie. (Carnation Evaporated Milk is one of the most popular evaporated milk brands out there.) And speaking of pumpkin pie, we've also got pumpkin puree. Thinking about chocolate chip cookies instead? We have tons of delicious chocolate chips and sugar free chocolate chips, all perfect for melting chocolate chips as your cookies come out of the oven.
Of course, our selection of cooking and baking supplies doesn't stop there. We have baking mixes, flours and meals, and much more. And with our free shipping over $35 and 2-day delivery on thousands of essentials, doing your grocery shopping will be easier than ever — so why not check out the rest of our grocery selection while you're here?