Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two-Minute Tuesday #5: How to Work with Dough

Welcome to Two-Minute Tuesday, where I share quick tips, tidbits, and ideas.
This is also the third installment of Cooking 101; today I want to share a quick tip for working with dough.

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Do you ever have a problem with dough sticking to your hands when you're working with it?
Recipes always suggest putting flour on your hands, but I have found that only works for about 30 seconds, then the flour gets worked into the dough and the dough starts sticking to my hands again.

Finally, my mother-in-law told me to spread a thin layer of shortening on my hands instead.

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It works so well! Just a thin layer of shortening on your hands and the dough will not stick to you at all. You don't have to reapply it every 30 seconds; it works for the entire time you're working with your dough. I was able to quickly spread out this pizza dough without fighting with it.

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So the next time you're working with dough, try using shortening on your hands instead of flour, and save yourself the mess and headache.

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16 comments:

  1. That is very interesting! First I need to always have a jar of that stuff in my home... but how long does it last cause I know I would rarely use it. I am sure this is better than what I do.. I layer and coat my hands w lots of flour

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    1. Shortening lasts forever--or at least a very long time! I have a feeling butter would work, too, but I haven't actually tried it, so no promises. ;)

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  2. This is a great tip! I would never have thought about putting a bit of shortening on my hands to keep the dough from sticking.

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    1. Right? Me neither! So simple, and yet it makes a world of difference in my frustration level.

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  3. Great tips.. my daughter always want to make us homemade pizza.. i will show her this and she can use the dough..

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    1. Aww, how fun! This should make spreading pizza dough much easier for her; at least, it has for me!

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  4. think this will work with GF dough too?

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    1. I can't make any guarantees since I haven't tried it, but I can't see why it wouldn't.

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  5. This is SO awesome and helpful!! You make me want to make pizza for dinner tonight! :)

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  6. I would totally make this but my son refuses to eat anything that has dough if I make it after our donut incident.

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    1. Oh no! The donut incident must have been rather traumatizing...now I'm curious.

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  7. I really enjoyed this tutorial. The step by step photos were very useful in visualizing the tips and steps. I wet my hands with water when working with dough, usually. But I have to keep rewetting my hands. I'll try the shortening next time.

    -Nicole @ http://www.confectionalism.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you found it helpful!

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