Why does preshredded store-bought Parmesan seem to work better for coating food for baking or frying than freshly grated?
Why does cheese begin tasting metallic if wrapped and stored in aluminum foil?
Can Greek yogurt be substituted for sour cream in recipes?
I am lactose intolerant, and I’ve come to love almond milk in my coffee. Will it work as a milk replacement in desserts?
Does pricking eggs before cooking result in hard-cooked eggs that are easier to peel?
We were curious if frozen, then thawed, sour cream could work as well in recipes as never-frozen sour cream.
Some say that adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar per quart of water before hard-cooking eggs will make peeling easier. Is that true?
Whether crystalline or creamy, sharp or mild, blue or orange, cheese shows up in too many recipes to count here in the test kitchen. We’re profiling a dozen that we reach for often.
How do our favorite domestic cheddars stack up against the best of the old country?
The eggs I buy from the farmers’ market have really bright orange yolks. Do brighter yolks mean fresher eggs?
Is there any way to substitute yogurt for buttermilk in recipes for pancakes and biscuits?
What is the best way to make neat poached eggs?
Some recipes for scrambled eggs call for water or milk. Does this do anything for the eggs?
When a recipe calls for just a cup or so of buttermilk, many cooks resist buying a whole quart. Can powdered buttermilk, which is shelf-stable, pinch hit for the liquid version?
Although some old cake recipes call for “sour milk, ” this doesn’t mean that you can use milk that has gone bad.
What’s the best way to stabilize whipped cream?
When a recipe calls for half-and-half, can you use evaporated milk as a substitute?
Cultured dairy is cream or milk with friendly live bacteria (cultures) added. The bacteria convert lactose, or milk sugar, into lactic acid, making these products thick and tangy.
In cooked recipes, can sharp and extra-sharp cheddar be substituted for each other?
For easier grating, start by giving cheese the freeze.
What’s the best way to reheat sour cream-heavy recipes while preventing curdling?
Can I reconstitute evaporated milk and use it in place of ordinary milk in recipes?
Italy is second only to France in the variety of cheeses it produces, but many of the “Italian” cheeses sold in American supermarkets are produced here.
Can leftover egg whites be whipped after defrosting?
Follow these simple steps for separating whites and yolks.