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745 Helpful Cooking Tips

How to Whip and Fold Egg Whites For the Perfect Cake
Whip correctly, fold gently.
Published: July 2019
Baking & Desserts
What Are Cotton Candy Grapes?
It's all in the name.
Published: April 2019
Fruits
Why Your Baby Carrots Spoil Faster Than Regular Carrots
They're cute, but why do they spoil so quickly?
Published: April 2019
Vegetables
Slicing Against the Grain: What It Means and How to Do It
Tenderize tough meat correctly on the first try.
Published: April 2019
Meat
Blue Eggs Versus White and Brown Eggs
Some grocery stores and farmers' markets sell eggs with blue shells. Do they taste different from regular white or brown eggs?
Published: April 2019
What Is Fond?
Those marks at the bottom of your pan actually pack a lot of flavor.
Published: April 2019
What Is Corned Beef?
What exactly is corned beef, and how is it made?
Published: February 2019
Meat
The Difference Between Grating and Shredding Cheese
The Difference Between Grating and Shredding Cheese
Is there a difference between grating and shredding cheese?
Published: February 2019
Dairy & Eggs
Swapping Bacon Fat for Butter
Is refrigerated bacon fat a good substitute for butter when baking biscuits?
Published: February 2019
Baking & Desserts
What Angle to Get Your Knives Sharpened To
Knives can be sharpened at different angles, but which is the correct angle for your knife?
Published: February 2019
Kitchen Equipment
Florida Avocados vs. Hass Avocados
Florida avocados are big and smooth-skinned, unlike the more traditional Hass avocados. Can you make guacamole with them?
Published: December 2018
Fruits
Why Does Peeling Butternut Squash Sometimes Cause Skin Irritation?
When I peel butternut squash I get a sticky substance on my hands that makes my skin feel tight and dry. What's going on?
Published: December 2018
Vegetables
How to Store Whole Nutmeg
Fresh nutmeg tastes much livelier than the preground jarred stuff. How should you store it?
Published: December 2018
Seasonings
How Hot is "Room Temperature"?
People's kitchens are different temperatures, so what is meant when a recipe calls for something to be “room temperature”?
Published: December 2018
Cooking Basics
How to Check Thermometer Accuracy
How can you be certain your digital thermometer reading is accurate?
Published: October 2018
Kitchen Equipment
How to Freeze Cake Layers
Try this convenient method for (mostly) make-ahead dessert.
Published: October 2018
Baking & Desserts
How to Measure Grated Citrus Zest
When measuring grated citrus zest, should you pack it into a measuring spoon or keep it loose?
Published: October 2018
Cooking Basics
How to Take a Pie Through Airport Security
Can you fly with a pie? Here are tips for traveling with dessert.
Published: October 2018
Baking & Desserts
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.
Published: August 2018
Fruits
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…
Published: August 2018
Seasonings
Quick Visual Guide to 5 Mustards
Get to know your favorite zippy condiment.
Published: August 2018
Seasonings
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.
Published: August 2018
Baking & Desserts
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?
Published: June 2018
Poultry
What is Smoked Salt?
You’ve likely seen this available in your local grocery store. What is it, and how do you use it?
Published: June 2018
Seasonings
Using Chocolate in Cookie Crusts
Can you substitute chocolate wafer cookies for graham crackers in graham cracker crusts and other cookie crusts?
Published: June 2018
Baking & Desserts
Using Metal Cooking Utensils in Enameled Cast-Iron Cookware
Will using metal cooking utensils ruin enameled cast-iron cookware.
Published: June 2018
Cooking Basics
Yellow Watermelon vs. Red Watermelon
Is there a flavor difference between these two types of watermelon?
Published: June 2018
Fruits
Jarred Minced Garlic versus Minced Fresh Garlic
How does jarred minced garlic compare with minced fresh garlic?
Published: April 2018
Cooking with Mint Stems
We often use cilantro stems as we would fresh cilantro leaves. Can you do the same with mint?
Published: April 2018
Cooking Basics
How to Roll Out Pie Dough
Use these tips to easily and evenly roll out pie dough.
Published: April 2018
Cooking Basics
Different Types of Peas
Here are the three types of fresh pea pods you may see at the market.
Published: April 2018
Vegetables
What Is Clear Vanilla Extract?
And how does it compare with standard vanilla extract?
Published: April 2018
Baking & Desserts
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…
Published: February 2018
Cooking Basics
Does a Beet’s Color Affect its Flavor?
We tasted three common varieties—golden, red, and Chioggia—to find out.
Published: February 2018
Chocolate
Passionate about chocolate? Here’s what you need to know to get cooking with this miracle ingredient.
Published: December 2017
Baking & Desserts
Reheating Rice
We tried reviving home-cooked and take-out batches of white rice to find the secret to light, fluffy leftovers.
Published: December 2017