Storing Cucumbers and Squash in Plastic Wrap

Published January 1, 2015.

We wanted to know if wrapping American cucumbers in plastic—as seedless English cucumbers are packaged—would preserve freshness.

Don't Buy Garlic that Smells like Garlic

Published January 1, 2015.

The sniff test is a common approach for testing produce prior to purchase, but when it comes to buying garlic, a strong aroma is a bad sign.

Salt-Roasting Vegetables at Home

Published November 1, 2014.

Salt-roasted root vegetables are appearing on more and more menus lately. Is salt-roasting worth doing at home?

Baking with Fresh Pumpkin Puree

Published September 1, 2014.

Baking recipes usually call for canned pumpkin, but if you have fresh pumpkins can you make your own puree and use that instead?

Making Stock with Skin-On Onions

Published September 1, 2014.

Is there any advantage to leaving the skins on onions when making stock?

Artichokes and Wine

Published September 1, 2014.

Sometimes wine can taste oddly sweet and one-dimensional when paired with dishes containing artichokes. Is there anything one can do to combat this problem?

How to Quickly Cook a Potato

Published July 1, 2014.

Do potato nails (rods that are inserted into baking potatoes to decrease the cooking time) really work?

Add This Innovative Raw Onion Topping to Pizza, Salads, or Sandwiches

Published May 1, 2014.

We recently discovered a technique that retains more of the raw onion flavor and crunch while preventing burning.

Substituting Celery Leaves for Stalks

Published January 1, 2014.

Can celery leaves be substituted for the stalks in recipes?

Quick Microwave Kale Chips

Published November 1, 2013.

Here's our easy method for making crispy kale chips at home.

Washing Dried Mushrooms Before Grinding into a Powder

Published November 1, 2013.

When a recipe calls for grinding dried mushrooms, should the mushrooms be washed first?

Using Sprouted Onions

Published September 1, 2013.

Is it OK to cook with sprouted onions?

Leave Out Lower-Fiber Vegetables When Freezing Stew

Published September 1, 2013.

Freezing stew offers make-ahead convenience, but not all vegetables handle freezing and reheating well. Which vegetables work well for this purpose, and which ones don't?

Vegetarian Gelatin Substitutes

Published September 1, 2013.

Can you swap unflavored vegetarian gelatin for traditional gelatin in recipes?

Punching Up Potato Flavor

Published September 1, 2013.

We wondered if roasting the potatoes could concentrate and enhance potato flavor in dishes that usually call for boiled potatoes.

How to Prep Vegetables for Stir-Fry

Published July 1, 2013.

Cut bok choy, carrots, snow peas, scallions, cabbage, and cauliflower down to size.

Enhancing Flavor with Kombu

Published July 1, 2013.

A little kelp can help out the flavor of your soups and sauces in a big way.

Unwilting Lettuce

Published July 1, 2013.

Will soaking wilted lettuce in ice water and vinegar crisp it up more quickly than just soaking it in water?

Salt-Cured vs. Brined Capers

Published May 1, 2013.

Can salt-cured capers be used interchangeably with brined capers?

Keeping Basil Green in Pesto

Published May 1, 2013.

We found two proven methods on how to keep the basil from discoloring over time.

Coring Parsnips

Published March 1, 2013.

Should the cores of large parsnips always be removed and discarded before cooking?

Making a Vegetarian Substitute for Fish Sauce

Published March 1, 2013.

Is there a homemade vegetarian substitute for fish sauce?

Roasting Coffee in a Popcorn Popper

Published March 1, 2013.

We’ve always been intrigued by the idea that roasting coffee beans at home could be as simple as calling for an air popcorn popper, a method embraced by DIY diehards.

Toning Down Tomato Sauce

Published March 1, 2013.

We've encountered recipes which finish tomato sauce with a pinch of baking soda. Will this mellow out a sauce that is too acidic?

Giving Kale a Rubdown

Published November 1, 2012.

Here’s a way to tenderize these greens without ever subjecting them to heat.

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