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710 Helpful Cooking Tips

Kitchen Equipment
How to Check Thermometer Accuracy
How can you be certain your digital thermometer reading is accurate?
Baking & Desserts
How to Freeze Cake Layers
Try this convenient method for (mostly) make-ahead dessert.
Cooking Basics
How to Measure Grated Citrus Zest
When measuring grated citrus zest, should you pack it into a measuring spoon or keep it loose?
Baking & Desserts
How to Take a Pie Through Airport Security
Can you fly with a pie? Here are tips for traveling with dessert.
Fruits
What's the Best Way to Freeze Fresh Peaches for Baking?
You can freeze peach wedges either peeled or unpeeled. They'll never taste as good as fresh ripe peaches, but they work well in baked goods and desserts.
Seasonings
Garlic Powder vs. Granulated Garlic
Granulated garlic and garlic powder can be used interchangeably in most recipes; we tend to favor granulated garlic in our recipes because it's easier to work w…
Seasonings
Quick Visual Guide to 5 Mustards
Get to know your favorite zippy condiment.
Baking & Desserts
What Does “When a Toothpick Comes Out Clean" Mean in Baking Recipes?
Inserting a toothpick into baked goods will help you determine doneness. Here’s a visual guide to help you understand the terminology we use.
Poultry
How to Trim Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
What does it mean when a recipe calls for “boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed”? Aren’t boneless breasts already pretty clean?
Seasonings
What is Smoked Salt?
You’ve likely seen this available in your local grocery store. What is it, and how do you use it?
Baking & Desserts
Using Chocolate in Cookie Crusts
Can you substitute chocolate wafer cookies for graham crackers in graham cracker crusts and other cookie crusts?
Cooking Basics
Using Metal Cooking Utensils in Enameled Cast-Iron Cookware
Will using metal cooking utensils ruin enameled cast-iron cookware.
Fruits
Yellow Watermelon vs. Red Watermelon
Is there a flavor difference between these two types of watermelon?
Jarred Minced Garlic versus Minced Fresh Garlic
How does jarred minced garlic compare with minced fresh garlic?
Cooking Basics
Cooking with Mint Stems
We often use cilantro stems as we would fresh cilantro leaves. Can you do the same with mint?
Cooking Basics
How to Roll Out Pie Dough
Use these tips to easily and evenly roll out pie dough.
Vegetables
Different Types of Peas
Here are the three types of fresh pea pods you may see at the market.
Baking & Desserts
What Is Clear Vanilla Extract?
And how does it compare with standard vanilla extract?
Cooking Basics
How to Mix Cake Recipes
Many cake recipes specifically state not to overmix the batter. But box mixes instruct you to beat them at medium speed for a full 2 minutes. Why the differenc…
Does a Beet’s Color Affect its Flavor?
We tasted three common varieties—golden, red, and Chioggia—to find out.
Baking & Desserts
Chocolate
Passionate about chocolate? Here’s what you need to know to get cooking with this miracle ingredient.
Reheating Rice
We tried reviving home-cooked and take-out batches of white rice to find the secret to light, fluffy leftovers.
Dairy & Eggs
Can You Freeze Ricotta?
Ricotta spoils quickly. We froze leftovers two different ways to see which one was most effective.
Dairy & Eggs
Whipping Light Cream vs. Heavy Cream
Can you make whipped cream using light instead of heavy cream?
Vegetables
Curly-Leaf vs. Flat-Leaf Parsley
Are curly- and flat-leaf parsleys interchangeable? We ran a series of blind taste tests to answer this question.
Poultry
Cooking in an Oven Bag: What You Need to Know
Cooking turkey in an oven bag can result in moist meat and perfectly browned skin. Here's what you need to know to use one successfully.
Braising
Cooking Basics
Braising
Braising is the best way to turn a tough cut of meat tender. So how do you do it?
Fruits
The Best Ways to Use Asian Pears
How do Asian pears compare to other common pear varieties?
Cooking Basics
Why It's Important to Salt Pasta Water
We cooked pasta in salted and unsalted water to determine if it matters when you add the seasoning.
Cooking Basics
Using Chile Powders Interchangeably
Can ancho chile powder, chipotle chile powder, and regular chili powder be substituted for each other in recipes?
Dairy & Eggs
How to Substitute for Buttermilk
Is there a non-dairy alternative that will lend the same buttermilk tang to baked and savory applications?
Cooking Basics
Heat
Whether you crave the spicy burn of hot chile peppers or want to avoid it, it pays to know the ins and outs of chiles’ incendiary qualities.
Baking & Desserts
From Cobblers to Sonkers: A Guide to Rustic Fruit Desserts
Is it a slump? A grunt? A buckle? Depends who you ask.
Poultry
How To Brine Chicken in Advance
Can you brine boneless chicken breasts, take them out of the brine, and refrigerate them the day before cooking them?
Baking & Desserts
Can You Bake Cupcakes and Muffins Without a Muffin Tin?
Some packages of aluminum baking cups claim that they’re sturdy enough to fill and use directly on a baking sheet—no muffin tin required. Is this true?
Fish & Shellfish
Can You Substitute Imitation Crab for Fresh Crabmeat?
Imitation crab is much cheaper than lump crabmeat. Is it worth buying?