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35 Helpful Cooking Tips

How to Measure Grated Citrus Zest
When measuring grated citrus zest, should you pack it into a measuring spoon or keep it loose?
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.
Yellow Watermelon vs. Red Watermelon
Is there a flavor difference between these two types of watermelon?
The Best Ways to Use Asian Pears
How do Asian pears compare to other common pear varieties?
Coconut Products
Coconut Products
While coconuts have been a sought-after food for centuries, today we consume their liquid and meat in a variety of forms. Here’s a guide to what’s what.
Fruit Condiments
Can you tell a compote from a chutney? A jam from a preserve? It’s easy to get confused since grocery store labels are often inexact. Here’s the real deal when …
How to Cook Avocados at Home
Avocados are very sensitive to cooking times, here's how to get the best results.
Determining a Honeydew Melon's Sweetness Before Buying
How can I tell if a whole honeydew melon will be sweet?
How to Keep Leftover Avocados Green
How to Keep Leftover Avocados Green
It's quite common to use half of an avocado and save the rest for later. Is it possible to keep the leftover half from turning brown?
Substituting Avocado for Butter in Cookies and Cakes
Some recipes suggest substituting mashed avocado for butter in cookies. Does it work?
Explaining Red and Baby Bananas
How do baby bananas and red bananas differ from regular bananas?
Sulfured vs. Unsulfured Dried Apricots
Grocery stores will often carry both sulfured and unsulfured dried apricots. How do they differ?
Ripening Fruit
Bananas ripen on the counter. Is that true of any unripe fruit or vegetable that you buy?
Lemon Oil 101
What exactly is lemon oil? The package instructions say to use it in place of lemon zest.
Stemming Strawberries and Water Absorption
Will strawberries soak up water if the berries are stemmed before washing?
Dried Fruit
Almost any fruit can be dried (the process concentrates flavor and sugar), and these days, most of them are—from blueberries to cranberries to mangos. 
Plumping Dried Fruit
Use this simple technique to soften and plump dried fruit.
Substitute for Fresh Lemon Juice
If you don't have fresh lemons on hand, can any packaged products approximate the flavor of lemon juice and zest?
Pear Pointers
Tips on how to pick the perfect pear.
Rating Raisins
What’s the difference between dark raisins and golden raisins?
Freezing Zest
Can lemon zest be frozen for later use?
Tropical Fruit
The winter months bring a number of exotic fruits from tropical climates to supermarket shelves. Here are tasting notes for 12 of our favorites.
Melons come in nearly every shape, size, and color. What lies beneath the thick rinds of these fruits? To find out, we sampled 12 varieties that range from ever…
Storing Citrus
Do you need to refrigerate citrus fruits?
Juicing Limes
The flavor of Key limes and regular supermarket limes (called Persian limes) are almost identical—but there’s a big difference in squeezing time.
Fruit and Fire
Grilling caramelizes the sugars in fruits and gives them a complex, smoky flavor. But not all fruit belongs on the grill.
Citrus Fruits
Sweet, tart, and high in vitamin C, citrus fruits are favorites across the globe. We picked, peeled, and ate 16 varieties, some common, some obscure.
We tasted 12 varieties of fresh berries, some familiar and some exotic, to appreciate their unique flavors.
How to Freeze Berries
Most berries freeze very well—if you follow a few simple steps.
Slicing Citrus
When slicing oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits for salads, it's important to cut the sections free of the membranes, which are fibrous and bitter. H…
Juicing Lemons
Here are the test kitchen’s tips for getting the most juice out of lemons.
Measuring Frozen Fruit
For recipes calling for frozen fruit, use this measuring method.
Apple Seeds
Is it true that the seeds in apples are poisonous?
Storing Strawberries
Use this tip to keep your summer berries crush-free.
Alternative to Fresh Sour Cherries
Fresh sour cherries may be the best option for baking but they are available only for a few weeks during the summer. What’s the best option at other times of …