Sometimes, when you make something, you overdo it. You put in too much of an ingredient, or maybe even two ingredients to taste that are sometimes very similar. This is called “overdoing” the recipe!
When this happens, some people may suggest cutting back on one of the ingredients to make sure your product does not suffer from bad flavor balance. However, doing so could totally change the nature of the product!
This article will talk about how to use leftover pieces of food as a natural acid for baking. More importantly, we will discuss which foods work best as acids in baking and what colors their juice produces when mixed with other substances.
We will also review some recipes + my favorite tips + trick for using our own saliva as the solvent for the baking powder.
The lime juice amount in a measuring cup
Even though you’re using only one ingredient, there is an important rule when making drinks with lemon or lime juice.
One lime equals at least two tablespoons of liquid per serving!
That means if you were to make a plain glass of water half-full of lime juice, it would be twice as strong as what we wanted our drink to be.
If that sounds too strong to you, then use double the amount of lime juice! (But remember, still one lime = at least 2 tbsp.
How to test if your lemon juice is fresh
The best way to check whether your liquid is acidic or not is to measure how much acid it contains! You can do this by using either of these tests for acidity.
You only need a very small amount of the liquid you are testing to use each test. To test for lime flavor, just drop a few drops into a glass full of water and see what kind of reaction there is. If the water bubbles, then your liquid has tartaric acid in it and will taste like limes.
If nothing happens, then your liquid does not contain any acids that could possibly give it a tangy flavor – it may have other additives in it such as preservatives.
How to test if your lime juice is fresh
The best way to check whether your liquid is acidic or not is to pour some of it onto your hand. If it stains, then it has acid in it!
Acidity can sometimes be determined by how much lactic acid you are able to form through fermentation. The amount of lactic acid will depend on the type of drink being made. For example, adding one teaspoon of lemon juice into two glasses of water will create slightly more lactic acid than mixing three tablespoons of vinegar into the same size glass of water.
This article will tell you how to make sure your drinks do not contain expired liquids. But before that, let us talk about why your juices may have an odd coloration.
Buy lemon juice and lime juice
Both of these, as well as other citrus juices, have one thing in common- they contain about half a cup of liquid per 2 tablespoons you use them for.
That means if you are making a mix that requires two cups of orange or grapefruit juice, you can usually just buy a case of each type of juice and be set!
It also helps to know what kind of oranges or limes give your drinks the best flavor so that you don’t waste money buying bland liquids that cost no more than cheap ones.
Buy lemon and lime slices
This article’s title is very in-depth, so it may be difficult to stay focused if you are not careful. Luckily for you, I have done some of the work for you!
I will assume that you have already learned how to make your own fresh squeezed juices before coming here. If you haven’t, then please do so now by adding our “Power Boosters” section at the beginning of this article! It covers things such as how to use greens as a juice ingredient and more.
Mixing lemon and lime juice
When mixing lemon and lime juices, one of the most common mistakes is using too much acid!
We’ve already mentioned that one teaspoon (5 ml) of citrus juice will not taste good when sipped alone, so why add more than that?
When baking with oranges, grapefruit, or lemons, make sure to include enough acidity in the recipe. You can always mix your own additions into recipes or find ones online.
For example, when making orange cakes, you would need an adequate amount of sour cream for balance. Similarly, chocolate cake calls for cocoa powder which also adds flavor and texture.
Too much lemon juice and sugar
Too much lime juice and sugar
When mixing drinks, make sure you have an adequate amount of both citrusy liquid and sugar!
Too much acidity can hurt your drink’s flavor profile and sugar doesn’t taste good either. Therefore, it is important to not overdo these things when making mixed drinks.
Usually, people mix one part vodka with two parts water and then add some simple syrup or plain white sugar to taste. But, in this case, we are going to teach you how to increase the intensity of those flavors!
By adding more sugar or less acid, you can boost the flavor of the cocktail. So, if you like our suggested drink but it was a little bland, try adjusting it and see what changes happen!
Drinks that contain lots of sugar or no acid are great candidates for enhancement because they already have strong flavors! You will also need to measure your sugars and acids correctly as there are different measurements depending on the type.