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posted at 11/18/2011 9:19 PM EST
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The only time I'm EVER near meringue is when I beat some egg whites to make divinity.

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posted at 11/18/2011 11:03 PM EST
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Try putting your bowl and the thing your mixing with in the freezer.
I never made one before but i know this as a fact.

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posted at 11/19/2011 1:00 AM EST
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I've given up on making meringue as well!

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posted at 11/19/2011 2:08 AM EST
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The only time I'm EVER near meringue is when I beat some egg whites to make divinity.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, Same here and I put the bowl and beaters in the frig so they are really cold.

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posted at 11/19/2011 11:04 PM EST
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Trying to bake a pumkin pie for the first time.  We are overseas so getting a pieshell is not cheap and hard to find.  Can I use a Keebler shortbread ready crust for Libby's canned easy pumpkin pie recipe?  If yes, do I just follow the directions? or am I going to have to worry about it burning or coming out crumbly?  I think I may just make a crust myself, but am unsure if they sell shortening here.. hmmm ... Thanks.

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posted at 11/21/2011 9:02 AM EST
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Please, I need help with my meringue!   My family loves chocolate & coconut meringue pies...but nine out of 10 times my meringue weeps. It doesn't matter if the humidity is low or how stiff I beat the whites, it still weeps.  Doesn't effect the  taste, but makes the crust soggy.  I would really appreciate any suggestions! Thanks!  D 
Posted by Debra R


Hello Debra, sorry for the delay in my response to you! I have several different tips that ca help with preventing weeping meringue.

Weeping meringue may be caused by egg white that are not beaten to their full capacity. Also, if the bowl or the beater have any grease on them it will be impossible to get the egg whites to beaten to stiff peaks.
 
Another reason meringues weep is that they are undercooked on the bottom, and some of the moisture that is held in suspension in the egg foam seeps out onto the pie filling. To help solve this, never let your filling cool before smoothing on the meringue. In fact, the filling should be piping hot to help set the bottom of the meringue.

Another option many people choose is to add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the sugar before beating it into the meringue. The cornstarch absorbs extra moisture and has the added bonus of keeping the whites from becoming overbeaten. To do this, blend a tablespoon of cornstarch with 1/3 cup of water. Heat this until it forms a thick gal, and then add it to the meringue a tablespoon at a time after the sugar has been added. This will keep the meringue from shrinking, lowers that chance that beads will form on the surface, and makes a meringue that is tender and easy to cut smoothly.

Hope this helps!

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posted at 11/21/2011 10:01 AM EST
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Trying to bake a pumkin pie for the first time.  We are overseas so getting a pieshell is not cheap and hard to find.  Can I use a Keebler shortbread ready crust for Libby's canned easy pumpkin pie recipe?  If yes, do I just follow the directions? or am I going to have to worry about it burning or coming out crumbly?  I think I may just make a crust myself, but am unsure if they sell shortening here.. hmmm ... Thanks.
Posted by Lisa B


Lisa, what a great question! Shortbread crusts are generally not recommended for custard type pies because they tend to burn easily. However, if you would like to use this type of crust in the Libby's Pumpkin Pie recipe, you may substitute the deep-dish pie shell called for in this recipe with a shortbread crust by lowering the oven temperature and making the following adjustments: Pour filling into prebaked crumb crust; bake at 350° F for 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Enjoy your pie!

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posted at 11/30/2011 4:36 PM EST
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Hi VBB .... That dreadful Server Error in '/' Application   is back again and keep throwing me out.
If it keeps me away from this, my favorite site, I'm going to have to go work in the kitchen making cookies!!!

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posted at 12/2/2011 1:31 AM EST
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VBB,  I have been getting the same thing as Nancy. It throws me out and then
I can't get back in.  When I click on VBB it will show up with a blank screen
and at the top it says     digex welcome page   It really takes a long time to
get back in.  This has been happening the last couple of days.

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posted at 12/2/2011 6:51 AM EST
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Are the toppers going to be in the stores? Will there be a coupon for them?

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posted at 12/2/2011 9:45 AM EST
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Lisa B, if you happen upon this post again and you are looking for  pie for the shortbread crust search this site for the Pumpkin Mousse I mad it and the taste is fantastic and I would have made it into a pie myself but my daughter mad the pumpkin pie, torte and cake this year so I made a Chocolate Truffle Pie.  I will be making the mousse into a pie later though and I will be putting it into a shortbread crust with a bit of crystallized ginger sprinkled on the bottom..

Dear Nancy and Carol

posted at 12/5/2011 4:04 PM EST
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Please be assured that the errors that you both were encountering on our web site have since been corrected. I apologize for any inconvenience these errors were causing you and invite you both to try and access our website again.

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posted at 12/5/2011 4:07 PM EST
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Are the toppers going to be in the stores? Will there be a coupon for them?
Posted by FRAN M


Hello Fran,

I'm am very sorry to tell you that the Mini Toppers have been discontinued. Unfortunately, sales volume may not have been great enough to justify space on the grocer's shelves. However, please be assured that I have reported your interest in finding this product to our Marketing Department.

-Tiffany

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posted at 12/5/2011 6:03 PM EST
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In Response to Dear Nancy and Carol:
Please be assured that the errors that you both were encountering on our web site have since been corrected. I apologize for any inconvenience these errors were causing you and invite you both to try and access our website again.
Posted by VeryBestBaking_Tiffany _


Tiffany,  Thanks for the answer.  Haven't had the same problem since.

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posted at 12/13/2011 6:50 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here! : Hello Fran, I'm am very sorry to tell you that the Mini Toppers have been discontinued. Unfortunately, sales volume may not have been great enough to justify space on the grocer's shelves. However, please be assured that I have reported your interest in finding this product to our Marketing Department. -Tiffany
Posted by VeryBestBaking_Tiffany _


IF the toppers would have been in the stores in Oct. people might have bought them for holiday baking, last year I did not find them till AFTER Christmas (I did get them marked down because they were seasonal).  Who ever is in charge of marketing should think ahead. I start buying items for holiday baking the middle of Oct. and for Easter, about the middle of Lent. There are a lot of bakers who can not afford to buy everything at once.
It would have been nice to have red & green morsels for the holidays since the toppers are a no show.

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posted at 12/22/2011 1:17 PM EST
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VBB why does it tell me my coupon has been printed when it hasn't?  The printer is on.  If I try again it tells me I have already printed my limit.  I really wanted the chocolate chip coupon since they are on sale in most of my stores now.

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posted at 12/31/2011 6:21 PM EST
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We've all been told over and over that Nestles was working on the "rewards" for our points
and we'd hear about it soon.
In less than 7 hours 2011 will end.
What's going on?

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posted at 1/2/2012 9:17 AM EST
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Coupons ???

This is the message I get:  "Sorry, this coupon program is no longer available."

Why not?  What's going on?    50 cent coupons are no great amount, are they? 
This is very disappointing.

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posted at 1/3/2012 12:28 AM EST
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I am REALLY disappointed too, to see 2012 begin without Nestles coupons....ouch. This makes Trader Joe's chocolate chips look much more appealing at only $2.29 per bag.

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posted at 1/3/2012 6:57 PM EST
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Verlee,  I have never tried Trader Joe's choc. chips. How do they compare
in taste with Nestle's? $2.29 a bag is a great price!

No Coupons!!!!  I really depend on those! I used everyone that I had. The
ones I got from this site and also the newspaper are all gone!!
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