A More Effective Fridge Deodorizer

Published November 1, 2014.

Is there a better option than baking soda for deodorizing the refrigerator?

Are Sweet and Dry Marsala Interchangeable?

Published November 1, 2014.

If a recipe that calls for Marsala doesn't specify sweet or dry, which should be used?

Are Dutched and Natural Cocoa Interchangeable?

Published November 1, 2014.

Can you use natural cocoa powder in a recipe that calls for Dutched, and vice versa?

Natural Cane Sugar vs. Granulated Sugar

Published November 1, 2014.

Is natural cane sugar interchangeable with regular granulated sugar in recipes?

For Better Coconut Milk, Make Your Own

Published September 1, 2014.

For certain applications, like Thai chicken soup, homemade coconut milk is worth the extra effort.

The Parchment Test: Finding the Broiler Sweet Spot

Published September 1, 2014.

Finding your broiler's sweet spot for both cooking and browning the exterior of your recipe can be tricky. This test will help eliminate the guesswork.

Advantages to Deep-Frying in a Wok

Published September 1, 2014.

In some applications, using a wok for deep-frying has advantages over other more common approaches.

Slashing Rustic Loaves

Published September 1, 2014.

The slashes on rustic loaves of bread aren't just about looks.

The Best Way to Use a Whisk

Published July 1, 2014.

Everyone knows the correct way to use a whisk, right? Wrong.

Creaming Butter and Sugar Without a Mixer

Published July 1, 2014.

Is there an easy way to cream butter and sugar by hand?

Removing Stains from Silicone Spatulas

Published July 1, 2014.

Is there a way to remove stains from silicone spatulas?

How to Store Tofu

Published July 1, 2014.

When storing leftover tofu in water, will it last longer if the water is changed periodically?

Reusing Pickle Brine

Published July 1, 2014.

Can you use leftover pickle brine to make a batch of homemade pickles?

Caring for Wood Cutting Boards and Utensils with Spoon Butter

Published July 1, 2014.

How does homemade spoon butter compare to straight mineral oil for maintaining wood kitchenware?

The Best Way to Wrap Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Published July 1, 2014.

For a sandwich that’s easy to eat, we wrap our grilled Chicken Souvlaki in aluminum foil. Here's the best way to do it.

An Even Easier Way to Stretch Pizza Dough

Published July 1, 2014.

Refrigerating balls of pizza dough for 4 to 24 hours makes stretching much easier.

Preventing Sugar Crystals in Simple Syrup

Published July 1, 2014.

Is there a way to make simple syrup that won't develop sugar crystals?

New Uses for Xanthan Gum

Published July 1, 2014.

Xanthan gum isn't just for gluten-free recipes.

Why Does Kale Sometimes Spark in the Microwave?

Published May 1, 2014.

Sometimes, when making kale chips chips in the microwave, the kale will spark during the cooking process. What’s causes this?

Chilling Food with Dry Ice vs. Regular Ice

Published May 1, 2014.

Is there a benefit to using dry ice instead of regular ice when packing a cooler?

Quick Microwave Roux

Published May 1, 2014.

The "emergency roux" method is easier than using the stovetop for cooking small amounts.

Unhulled (Natural) vs. Hulled (Conventional) Sesame Seeds

Published May 1, 2014.

What are unhulled sesame seeds? Can they be used like regular sesame seeds?

A Surprising Tahini Thickener

Published March 1, 2014.

We uncover a surprising method for thickening tahini—adding liquid.

How to “Crack” Coconut Cream

Published March 1, 2014.

Here's the easiest way to "crack" coconut cream for making curries.

Why Starch Gets Crispy When Fried

Published March 1, 2014.

We explain why we often dip food in a starchy coating before frying.

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