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Category: Baking with Kids

Best Vanilla Powder

What’s the best vanilla powder? Looking for a vanilla boost for your coffee? Smoothie? Or do you want a substitute for vanilla extract for baking? Vanilla powder may be the answer—if you understand the different types. We tried six brands of vanilla powder in drinks and recipes for cakes. Which was best? Here are the ones we’d recommend.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Powdered Milk

What are the best powdered milks, if you want cow’s, goat or coconut milk? We tried out several different powdered milks before crowning these winners. We judged on taste, quality and affordability. Here are the winners.

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Best Loaf Pan

What’s the best loaf pan? To find out, we started baking—rye bread, meat loaf, banana bread and more. We tried many of the most popular brands for loaf pans. Here are the ones we’d recommend.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep our work independent, we don’t take money or freebies from the brands we review! Our reviews are 100% reader-supported. We thank you for reading this article!

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Best Cinnamon

What’s the best cinnamon? We tried out 9 major brands of cinnamon, comparing quality and taste. We baked cinnamon rolls, stirred cinnamon into beverages and tried it in recipes. Here is the cinnamon that passed our taste tests.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Yeast

What’s the best yeast for baking? For bread machines? What about nutritional yeast? We fired up the bread machine and tried out different yeasts to find the best bets. Here’s what we recommend.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and ratings products for the home, families and kids since 1994. To keep our reviews independent, we don’t take money or freebies from the brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported. Thanks for reading this article!

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Best Cake Decorating Tools

Want to try cake decorating—but don’t know where to start? Cake decorating tool sets are great for beginnings, with dozens of tools and supplies. We tried out 11 of the more popular sets and started baking. Which offered the best bang for the buck? Here are the ones we’d recommend. FYI: We’ve been reveewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep our work independent, we don’t take money or freebies from the brands we review. Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Ceylon Cinnamon

What is the best Ceylon cinnamon? And what is Ceylon cinnamon anyway? We taste-tested 7 different brands of Ceylon cinnamon to find the best bets. Here are the ones we’d recommend.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Vanilla Extract

What is the best vanilla extract? To find out, we baked sugar cookies and vanilla cupcakes with a dozen of the top vanilla extracts. Which tasted best? Budget-friendly? Organic?

FYI: Vanilla extract must have 35% alcohol to be called an extract. Anything less is a vanilla “flavor.” This article explores both vanilla extracts and flavoring with vanilla extract.

FYI: we’ve been doing baking taste tests since 1994, reviewing and rating products for families, children and the home. We don’t take money or freebies from the brands we review (we purchased the vanilla extract tested here with our own money.) Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Dough Scraper

What is the best dough scraper? Also called bench scrapers or bowl scrapers, these tools help portion dough, chop food and smooth icing. We tried out several top brands to find the best. Here are the ones we’d recommend. FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home, parents and families since 1994. We don’t take money or freebies from the brands we review—that keeps our work independent. Our reviews are 100% reader-supported! Thanks for reading this article.

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Best Cinnamon Sticks

What are the best cinnamon sticks? We taste-tested 12 different brands of cinnamon sticks to find the best bets. Which are great for hot beverages? The best aroma? Here are the ones we’d recommend.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Vanilla Beans

What are the best vanilla beans? To find out, we ordered vanilla beans from 9 brands. What was best for making extract? Best for cooking?

FYI: Vanilla beans come in two grades: A and B. Grade A beans are best for cooking, given their high moisture content. Grade B beans are more concentrated and better for making extract. Here are the ones we’d recommend.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. We don’t take money or freebies from the brands we review. Our work is 100% reader-supported! Thanks for reading this article.

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Best Brown Sugar

What’s the best brown sugar? We tried 9 brands of brown sugar and started baking cookies! Which worked the best? Organic? Here are the brands we liked the best.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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