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How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Do you shy away from homemade whipped cream because it seems complicated or fussy? Don’t! Making fresh whipped cream is incredibly easy (once you know what to look for), and the taste is far better than the canisters at the grocery store. If you’re going to work so hard on homemade pie, don’t top it with anything but the best.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Start with whipping cream that’s been refrigerated. (Tip: It doesn’t hurt to refrigerate or freeze your whisk and mixer bowl, too.) Whipping cream and heavy cream are high fat creams (35% and 36%, respectively), which means they’ll whip up nicely. Don’t bother trying to make whipped cream with a low fat milk or cream, because it won’t work.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Start by mixing on low speed (so you don’t make big splashes) until you see your cream start to get bubbly. This will probably take about a minute, longer if you’re whisking by hand. Pause, and add the sugar and any flavoring, like vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract or Irish cream.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Mix again on low until you can see soft peaks starting to form. You can tell you’re getting close when the whisk begins to cut through the cream and it increases slightly in volume.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Soft peaks is a term people use when discussing whipped creams and meringues. It means the cream has increased in volume because the air has been incorporated. The whipped cream will be smooth and silky. It might drip a little, but overall, it’ll sit softly on the edge of your whisk.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want stiff peaks, beat a little bit longer. You may want to stop periodically as you go to make sure you don’t overbeat your cream. When the whisk starts to really pull up the whipped cream and the volume has about doubled, you’re probably at stiff peaks.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Unlike soft peaks, stiff peaks will sit upright and thick without dripping off your whisk. It’s firmer and stronger, yet remains smooth and creamy. You shouldn’t beat past stiff peaks for whipped cream as it will get grainy and eventually separate.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You know you’ve gone too far when your whipped cream starts to look more like cottage cheese. It’s no longer silky and smooth, but clumpy and peakless.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you get to this point, don’t fret. You can keep going a little longer and make a perfectly good sweet butter. Add some cinnamon for a homemade spread perfect for thick morning toast or mashed sweet potatoes. The liquid that’s left is actually buttermilk. Pretty cool, right?

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Whipped Cream

Ingredients
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Instructions
Place cream in deep container. Blend on high speed for 1 minute.
Add sugar and vanilla. Continue to blend until soft peaks form. Watch closely. It can be easily overbeaten.
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Come back tomorrow to see how we used our gorgeous homemade whipped cream in a holiday-ready coffee drink.

Salted Caramel Mocha Latte using the Perfect Whipped Cream from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach



Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The countdown to Halloween has begun and everyone is putting the final touches on their costumes. Kids are excited to go trick-or-treating, and they’re betting they’ll get more candy than their siblings. But where will all that candy go? Everyone who dresses up and goes trick-or-treating needs a good bag for all that loot, but most of the options at stores look the same or don’t match your kid’s costume. Fix that with this simple and quick DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bag, which is fully customizable and includes reflective straps for safety as you walk around the neighborhood.

Start with a piece of fabric in your favorite coordinating Halloween print. I bought a full yard of this pumpkin fabric so I could make additional accessories with the scraps.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Fold the fabric in half, and then iron it with a high-steam iron like the Durathon to get any wrinkles out. The folded end will act as the bottom of our bag, so it saves us an extra stitch.


Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Gather a pair of scissors, a measuring tape and a fabric pencil to measure the bag to the appropriate size.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The orange and black bag is for a smaller child, so I measured 12 inches across the bottom…

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

…and 14 inches up the sides.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Mark the fabric at your measurements, and cut the fabric into a rectangle.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Unfold your cut rectangle of fabric and re-fold it so it’s inside out. Iron it so the bottom of the bag is creased and flat. The right sides of the fabric should be looking in towards each other.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Pin one side of the bag from the bottom to the top. Repeat on the other side, but be sure to leave the top of the bag open.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Again, make sure the right side of the fabric is on the inside. Later, we’ll turn the bag inside out again, exposing the pretty side of the fabric and hiding the seams.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew each side of the bag, starting at the top and going to the bottom, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Your bag is starting to look like an actual bag now! The pretty side of the fabric is on the inside and the top is wide open.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Loop the bag on the end of your ironing board and open up the fabric along the seam.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Use your iron to press the seam, so it’s nice and flat. Repeat on the other side.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachFold down the top of the seam ⅝ inch around the entire top of the bag.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Pin the fabric and press it with your iron.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew along your top seam at ½ inch, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To make handles, measure webbing in your favorite color to 18” and cut two lengths. You can also buy a yard of webbing and simply cut it in half.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Measure the same amount of iron-on reflective tape. Peel off the protective layer, per the instructions on the package, and lay it over the center of the webbing.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Gently iron on the reflective tape.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

When you are finished, your webbing should look like it has a reflective strip going down the center, like this.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Loop the webbing into a U-shape with reflective side down.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Measure one side so the inside of the handle rests three inches from the side seam and about an inch down. Pin it into place, making sure to only pin one side of the bag, so you don’t sew it closed.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Repeat on the other side.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew two levels of stitches over the handle, going back and forth a few times to really secure it in place.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Now, you can turn the bag inside out. The pretty fabric and the reflective tape should all be facing out.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

At this point, you can leave the bag as-is and iron it flat, or you can continue to embellish it.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Iron the bag flat to remove any wrinkles.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want to embellish the bag further, you can. I used a little ribbon of pom-poms that matched the fabric. Just wrap it around the bag, trim it and pin it into place. Sew it on.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The bag looks pretty cute now, doesn’t it?

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach
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But it could use just one more thing… How about some matching glow in the dark paint for a little extra fun (and safety) at night?

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I chose colors that matched some of the polka dots on the fabric and went over them to make little dots.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Let it dry and then you’re all finished!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You can use the same method to create bags in lots of colors and styles, matching any costume a kid can dream up. You can also make bigger or smaller bags by adjusting the measurements in the beginning.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

For this black bag (to match a witch costume), we used 14”x16” measurement and embellished it with beautiful ribbons and a clip-on flower.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

These finished bags will make a little witch and a cute pumpkin happy while they trick-or-treat on Halloween.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

It only takes 15 minutes from start to finish to make these simple bags.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You could even make one for yourself in a nice fabric and have a simple reusable shopping tote. Or let the kids use the bags all year for creative play and fun.

Thanks for checking out our latest DIY with the Durathon iron. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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Vietnamese spring rolls are a fresh, healthy alternative to deep fried rolls and are perfect for people who want to use their hands and get involved in the food prep. We were surprised just how much fun it is to make these spring rolls – everyone wanted a turn! The best part is that everyone can make their spring rolls just the way they like them because they’re so easy to customize. The bright flavors will make you feel energized and full, without the uncomfortable heaviness. And the dipping sauce adds a spicy sweetness, the perfect complement to the herbs and rice noodles in the rolls. Go ahead and invite a few friends over, lay out your ingredients and roll up your sleeves. Just try not to eat all the spring rolls before your guests arrive.

How to Roll a Vietnamese Spring Roll

Step 1: Dip a rice paper wrapper in a shallow plate or bowl of water, making sure it’s completely covered, and immediately transfer it to a cutting board or plate.

Step 2: Place shrimp halves near the center of the wrapper, in a straight line.

Step 3: Add a small piece of lettuce to the side of the shrimp.

Step 4: Add your choice of herbs on top of the lettuce. We like to use mint, Thai basil and cilantro.

Step 5: Sprinkle shredded carrots over the herbs.

Step 6: Add thinly sliced, peeled cucumber slices.

Step 7: Drizzle a bit of the garlic mixture over your ingredients.

Step 8: Add a pinch of rice noodles, looping them around so they fit over the lettuce and don’t hang off too far.

Step 9: Fold one side over the top of your ingredients until it reaches about halfway.

Step 10: Fold the opposite side over so it meets in the middle and gently press the rice paper together.

Step 11: Pull up the edge by the lettuce and gently roll, pinching and tucking the wrap with your fingers as you go, toward the shrimp.

Step 12: When you reach the shrimp, pause and add a scallion (optional) into the roll for decoration. Then, continue rolling until the rice paper folds over itself into a taught roll.

Step 13: Show off to your friends and family because you just rolled a gorgeous Vietnamese summer roll like a pro!

 


Vietnamese Spring Rolls
SERVES: 8

For perfectly chopped and sliced ingredients, we recommend using the Hamilton Beach SaladXpress™ Food Processor. It’ll make the prep go quickly, so you have more time to enjoy these delicious spring rolls.
Ingredients
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon minced ginger
1 lb. shrimp, peeled, deveined
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, thinly sliced
1 cup cold cooked rice vermicelli noodles
8 romaine lettuce leaves
1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
8 spring roll wrappers
Instructions
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add onions, garlic and ginger. Stir for 2 minutes. Remove from pan and place in a bowl to cool. Add shrimp to pan and stir until shrimp is pink and cooked through. Remove from heat, set aside to cool.
Slice shrimp in half lengthwise.
Work with spring roll wrappers one at a time. Dip a wrapper in a shallow plate or bowl of water, making sure it is completely covered. Immediately transfer wrapper to a cutting board or plate.
Place 3 shrimp halves, cut-side up, near the center of the wrapper, in a straight line. Place a lettuce leaf to the side of the shrimp.
Top lettuce with basil, mint and cilantro leaves. Sprinkle with shredded carrots. Add cucumber slices. Drizzle with a little of the onion mixture.
Add rice noodles, looping them to fit over the ingredients.
Fold opposite top and bottom sides together in center. Roll up tightly starting with the lettuce side. Pinch and tuck the wrap as you roll, ending with the shrimp showing through the wrap at the top.
Wrap with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.
Serve with Vietnamese Spring Rolls Dipping Sauce.
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Vietnamese Spring Rolls Dipping Sauce

Ingredients
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup fish sauce
3/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon sliced green onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Instructions
Stir vinegar, fish sauce, water, brown sugar, green onion, garlic and red pepper until sugar is dissolved. Cover and store in refrigerator.
Serve with Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
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Thanksgiving Turkey in a Roaster Oven from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

We at Hamilton Beach have made more than a few turkeys in our time, and we know turkey is on everyone’s mind come November. We’re here to help with a few tips, tricks and suggestions to make sure your Thanksgiving centerpiece turns out perfectly.

1. Choose the right size turkey.

The general rule for turkey is to buy one and a half pounds of turkey per person to allow for seconds and leftovers. Also, take into consideration the size of your oven or roaster oven. If you feel like an extra-large turkey will be too arduous or you can’t find a large enough bird, you can cook two smaller turkeys and avoid the inevitable fight for the drumsticks.

2. Defrost the turkey.

If you are buying a fresh turkey, you don’t need to worry about this step. If you are buying a frozen turkey, you’ll need to plan out your defrosting time well in advance. It is important to keep the turkey cold while it’s thawing; the refrigerator method is easiest. Place the turkey on a rimmed tray in the fridge in its original wrapping. For a whole turkey, allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds. For a turkey breast, allow 1-2 days.

3. To stuff or not to stuff…that is the question.

If you are stuffing the bird, use ½ cup stuffing per pound of turkey for turkeys under 10 pounds and ¾ cup per pound for turkeys more than 10 pounds. The ingredients can be prepared ahead of time, but don’t mix the wet and dry ingredients until just before filling the turkey cavity. Add the stuffing only when you are about to put your turkey in the oven, and fill it loosely because the stuffing will expand as it cooks. You can place the stuffing in cheesecloth before placing it in the cavity to make removing it a cinch. Add 30 extra minutes to the roasting time, and use a thermometer to ensure the center of the stuffing reaches at least 165 degrees F. Remove the stuffing before carving the turkey.

4. Cook the turkey.

If using a regular oven to cook a whole turkey, estimate an hour of cooking time for every 4 pounds of turkey. A 12-14 pound turkey would take about 3-4 hours and a 20-24 pound turkey would take about 5-6 hours.

If using a roaster oven, your cooking time will be about half the time of a regular oven. The combination of the heating element being close to the turkey and the moist heat cooks food quickly. The 22 quart roaster ovens are designed to fit a turkey up to 24 pounds, and 18 quart roaster ovens will hold a turkey up to 18 pounds. Still, use a meat thermometer to be sure it’s thoroughly cooked.

5. Test for doneness.

The best guide to turkey doneness is a meat thermometer. Remove the turkey from the oven and insert the thermometer into the breast, avoiding bone. It should read at least 165 degrees F. Stuffing inside a bird should also reach 165 degrees F.

Follow the USDA recommendation for safe cooking temperatures. A chart of safe minimum cooking temperatures can be found here. For more information on food safety, visit foodsafety.gov.

6. Let it rest.

When your turkey is done, remove the turkey from the oven and tent it with foil. Allow it to rest for 20-30 minutes while you heat up side dishes and make the gravy. The rest allows juices to redistribute so your turkey will be moist and delicious.

7. Save the giblets, trimmings and carcass.

Get your money’s worth by using the extras from your turkey. Save the giblets and trimmings (minus the liver) and brown them on the stove. Drain the fat and simmer the extras with veggies and herbs to make a delicious stock for your gravy. Save the carcass and make a big batch of stock in a large pot with the veggies and herbs you didn’t use up.  Let it simmer for two hours and then strain the stock and discard the solids. Freeze it in pre-measured 1-cup bags so you can grab some when you cook a recipe calling for chicken stock. 



 

The edge of a pie crust always browns quicker than the rest of the pie, which can cause a burned crust and a ruined dessert. You can purchase a pie shield, but did you know it’s really simple to make your own from aluminum foil? Just add the foil protector at the beginning of baking when the pie is not too hot to easily fold over the edge, and remove it for the final 20 minutes of baking time. Here’s how it’s done.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

1. Cut a large piece foil in a square that is big enough to cover the entire pie.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

2. Fold the aluminum foil in half.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

3. And then fold into quarters.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

4. Cut the outer open sides of the foil into a rounded corner.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

5. Then cut the center, following the same curve, until you have about two inches of foil remaining. Discard the scraps.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

6. Carefully unfold the foil.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

7. Lay the foil circle over the pie, positioning it so the foil circle covers the outer edge of the crust.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

8. Lightly crimp the edges, so the foil doesn’t slide off. The edges are now protected, and the pie is ready to go in the oven.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

9. When there are 20 minutes left in the baking process, carefully remove the foil and place the pie back in the oven for the remainder of the cooking time.

How to Protect a Pie Crust from Burning from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

10. Now that you know this trick of the trade, you’ll be able to serve a beautiful pie with perfectly toasted crust.