Help, I don’t have baking powder. What can I use instead?


You’ll need about a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice for every 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda substituted for baking powder.

Baking powder puffs (rises) and baking soda spreads. Cut out cookies shouldn’t spread, they should just rise or your cutout will look fat. It is about the acid.

Baking soda needs an acid like buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, or sour cream to begin reacting, releasing gas bubbles, and rising.

Baking powder is actually baking soda mixed with just the right balance of another acidic ingredient, so you don’t have to worry about acid in your recipe or leftover soda in your batter. You can actually make your own baking powder. For one teaspoon of baking powder, combine 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch. (The cornstarch absorbs any moisture and prevents reaction from happening too early in the process, so don’t skip it.)

You can substitute baking soda for baking powder if you increase the amount of acidic ingredients in the recipe to offset the baking soda. You’ll also need much less baking soda as it is 3 times as powerful as baking powder. You’ll need about a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice for every 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

Sometimes both leavening agents are used.

Baking powder needs first a liquid and heat (from the oven) to react and begin releasing gases. You may see this described as “double-acting” baking powder.

If you have any more questions contact:

Barbara George, CFCS Category Director Family & Consumer Sciences

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Category Director
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Happy Holidays from your Friends at Nasco


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Get Your Baking On!

9cpbbagceThe Holidays are coming! Time for celebration and family – and baking. Why not let Nasco’s Family and Consumer Science Catalog help you with your gourmet ideas?

Of course we have the basics — OXO® Good Grips Silicone Spatula Set (WA31110), High-Heat Silicone Blue Spatula Set  (WA29373), Stainless Steel French Whip (WA05698),  Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set (WA21270), Snap Fit Measuring Set, (WA31276), OXO® Good Grips Balloon Whisk (WA31111),  Good Grips®Pastry Brushes Set of 2  (WA19953), or Silicone Brushes, set of 4 ( WA29409).

Nasco also carries the whole gamut of baking sheets, too, from T-fal AirBake® Mega Cookie Sheet (WA32695) and WearEver® Air-Bake® Ultra™ Baking Sheet (WA25828), to Wilton® Recipe Right® Round Cake Pans (WA24647) and Wilton® Performance Plus™ Square Cake Pan Set (WA28914).

But what about the fun stuff? The pans and decorating ideas that will make your holidays stand out this year? Not to worry – Nasco has everything you need to make your baking unique.

Bake the latest craze with a fun Cake Pops Kit (WA32145). You can buy the pieces individually as well (Cake Pop Pan, WA30187 or Cake Pop Sticks, WA31313). How about a 24-Cavity Tea Cake Pan (WA27676) that allows you to fill the center with sweets, or a Dimensions® Mini-Hearts Pan (WA23899) to share your love? We have a Chicago™ Metallic 3-Tier Cake Pan (WA27226) than makes four mini tiered cakes at a time. We also carry Mini Fluted Cake Pans (WA32689), Mini Loaf Pans (WA32690), Delectoval (oval-shaped) Mini Cake Pans (WA32720), 48-cup Mini Muffin Pans (WA33516H), and Mini Doughnut Pans (WA31901) for your baking creations.

Ah…but what about the eternal cookie cutter shapes? No problem. We have a Betty Crocker® 101 Piece Cookie Cutter Set (WA29928) to satisfy all shape cravings, or a Round Cookie Cutter Set (WA30059) that cuts in sizes from an itty bitty 1” to a decent 3-1/2”. Mrs. Anderson’s Baking® Crinkle Cookie Cutters are also the rage, in shape of Stars (WA30060), Flowers (WA30061), Squares (WA30062), and Hearts (WA30063), or, if you’re up for it, the whole set (WA30075)! How about a cookie press? Try the Wilton® Cookie Pro™ Ultra Premium Cookie Press (WA25350H) for beautiful results.

Cool off your baking creations on our Wilton® Recipe Right® Three-Tiered Cooling Rack (WA33507H) or Premium Non-Stick Cooling Rack Set of 2 (WA28456).

Then comes the fun part – decorating. Nasco has a number of easy-to-use, professional cake (and other products) decorating tools that put the finishing touches on your creations. We carry a Wilton® 48-Piece Decorating Set (WA31227), A 55-piece Master Tip Set (WA31891), Clear Piping Bags (WA31806, 14”, and WA31807, 21”), Disposable Decorating Bags (WA32340, 12”, plus 2 more sizes), or Nasco’s Cake Decorating Set (WA33011) which includes everything you need for cake decorating, including tips, couplers, icing bags, a flower nail, cake decorating comb, and a turntable with non-skid mat.

Need a few new ideas? Nasco has just what you need in the book department, too. Baking and Pastry: Mastering Art and Craft (WA33501) teaches you principles and techniques of baking and deserts, and Cake My Day! (WA33262H), filled with easy, eye-popping designs for cakes of all kinds.  And if you and your friends want watch DVDs first, try Cake Decorating Basics  (WA26450) or Just the Facts: Cake Decorating DVD (WA26228) for truly creative techniques and demonstrations.

Enjoy your Holiday celebrations! And as Marie Antoinette (never) said – Let Them Eat Cake!


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Keep Your Calves Warm and Healthy

ac157240pThe chill of winter is upon us. Whether North or South, it doesn’t take much for the temperature to dip below freezing. And there’s no better way to keep your calves protected than with blankets and supplements from our Farm & Ranch catalog.

Keep your valuable calves warm and toasty with Thinsulate™ insulation in double layer thickness with our Double Insulated Calf Blanket. These extra protective blankets come in Small (C29653N) and Regular (C29654N) sizes. Try our Calf Warming Blankets in Large (C32287N) or Extra Large (C32286N) to keep your calf warm and comfortable, or the Weaver® Calf Blanket (C34356N) with its quilted design and elastic bands that provide the perfect fit. And our Calf Coats for Holsteins and Large Breed Calves (C23124(A)N) and Jerseys and Small Breed Calves (C23124(B)N) do an excellent job of cutting the wind and repelling moisture, allowing the young calf to maintain body heat.

Nasco’s Warm-Up Calf Jackets Small (C33542N) and Large (C33543N) have a Cordura® outer shell and quilted 3M Thinsulate™ lining that traps and holds heat while allowing moisture to escape for warm, dry, and healthy calves. The Original Calf Jacket also is weather resistant with a Cordura® outer shell and quilted 3M Thinsulate™ liner. Try the Jersey-Size (C28930N), Medium (C31616N), Large (C27111N), X-Large (C28931N), or XX-Large (C28932N) Calf Jacket for lasting wear and warmth.

Newborn calves need extra nutrition, especially during the cold months. Nasco carries nutritional supplements to help build a defensive shield against the pathogens that can appear after birth.

SHIELD Colostrum & Nutritional Supplement (C32173N) is the reliable choice when quality colostrum is needed to supplement maternal colostrum, with a guaranteed 50 g or colostral Ig in every 350 g feeding. Calf Solutions™ ULTRA START® 150 Calf Colostrum Replacer (C30268N) is made from only high-quality, first- and second-milking bovine colostrum from selected Grade A dairies. Save-A-Caf® Colustrum Replacer 100 (C33958N) contains a minimum of 100g of bovine globulin proteins per feeding, fortified with essential vitamins and trace minerals.

Nasco also carries colostrum supplements in the form of colostrum paste and boluses. Check out First Defense® Bovine Coronavirus-Escherichia coli Antibody Boluses (C31275N), the only USDA and CFIA approved colostrum-derived product to defend against K99+ E. coli and Coronavirus. Colostral•Aid (C31939N) is a revolutionary colostrum product delivering unmatched levels of colostral Ig in an oral syringe formula.

Take care of your newborn calves with blankets, supplements, and health supplements from our Farm & Ranch website pages. Try Colostrum Supplements, Blankets, or Vitamin Supplements to keep your young livestock warm and healthy during the cold days of winter.

Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website at


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Money Money

coins-currency-investment-insurance-128867It’s getting to be that season again – the season of spending more than we have. Why not teach children at an early age the plusses and pitfalls of money and credit?

Nasco’s Math catalog has everything you need to teach students all they need to know about dimes, quarters, dollar bills, and checking accounts.

Let’s start with the basics.

How Do We Use Money: Book Set (TB26486T) teaches children how to earn money and spend it wisely. This four-book set includes Understanding Credit; Earning Income; Budgeting, Spending, and Saving; and Growing Your Money.  Nasco’s Checkbook Charlie (TB25956T) combines math skills with life skills as students balance checkbooks and help “Checkbook Charlie” set up his post-graduate life. Bills, Budgets, and Bank Accounts Activity Unit (WA25376T) contains 22 current activities that let your students use their math, thinking, reading, and writing skills in helping “Cary Cash” with his personal finances. And Life Project (TB17850T) prepares students for the adult world of personal finance, including banking, budgeting, paying bills, income taxes, and more.

Games can teach life lessons while encouraging fun and freethinking. Real-World Math: Unexpected Events Game (TB24381T) starts players with a checking account balance of $100, and as they go through the game, must budget for expected (and unexpected) experiences. Money Bags™: A Coin Value Game (SB29582T) teaches valuable money skills while students collect, count, and exchange money all the way to the finish line. Managing My Allowance (WA26415T) teaches players to use coins and bills to pay for purchases, compute change, handle allowances and gifts, and make deposits. Discount (TB25647T) players face over 400 real-life challenges as they purchase furniture, clothing, and appliances. And who can forget the popular standards The Game of Life® (SB24729T) or Pay Day® (SN01403T)? Both games teach you about earning and spending money.

And nothing beats learning about money than money itself! Nasco carries all sorts of play money including a Money Classroom Kit (TB23342T), Complete Set of 500 Bills (TB18722T), Paper Bill Set (TB20560T), Mixed Coins (TB15529T), or the Giant Coin Set (TB20588T), which includes over 750 coins in a clear tote box.

Explore these and many other money teaching tools at Nasco’s Math website. Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website



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