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How to Rid Your Silicone Baking Mat of Sticky Residue
How to Rid Your Silicone Baking Mat of Sticky Residue
Silicone baking mats are handy tools, but they can get pretty dirty over time. What's the best way to clean them?
Published: September 2020
Why You Should Bake Rolls in a Cake Pan
Why You Should Bake Rolls in a Cake Pan
This trick helps create better-looking rolls.
Published: September 2020
When to Heat Frying Oil Lower and Slower
Sometimes when heating up frying oil, slow and steady wins the race.
Published: August 2020
Why (and How) to Roast Squash and Melon Seeds
Why (and How) to Roast Squash and Melon Seeds
Pumpkin seeds aren't the only seeds you can turn into a tasty snack.
Published: August 2020
Bring On the (Preserved Vegetable) Funk
Bring On the (Preserved Vegetable) Funk
Ya cai is the ingredient behind the unique fermented tang in many classic Sichuan dishes.
Published: August 2020
Save Your Sourdough Starter Leftovers
Save Your Sourdough Starter Leftovers
This flavorful leftover culture can be used as backup—or to add tang in all sorts of applications.
Published: August 2020
Should You Cook with Avocado Oil?
Should You Cook with Avocado Oil?
On paper, this healthy fat seems a lot like olive oil. But can you really use it as a substitute?
Published: May 2020
How to Use Nigella Seeds
How to Use Nigella Seeds
Often confused with other flavorings, nigella seeds have a distinctive flavor all their own.
Published: May 2020
How to Make Your Own Goo Gone
How to Make Your Own Goo Gone
Goo Gone can be a lifesaver, but it's got harsh chemicals. Here's how to make a safe—and equally effective—version.
Published: May 2020
A Better Way to Soften Ice Cream in the Microwave
Can't wait to dig in to your ice cream? Try this method if you're feeling impatient.
Published: May 2020
How to Prep a Melon
Follow these steps to prep the melons for salads, or to enjoy it all by itself.
Published: May 2020
How to Make Your Own Rich Simple Syrup
Simple syrup can add sweetness to iced teas, cocktails, and more.
Published: May 2020
Shopping for Chicories
Shopping for Chicories
Tips for differentiating among frisée, curly endive, escarole, and chicory.
Published: March 2020
All About Gelatin
All About Gelatin
Get the details on the science behind this essential pantry staple.
Published: March 2020
Microwave Cheese Crisps
Microwave Cheese Crisps
Make the Italian snack known as frico even easier by crisping the cheese in your microwave.
Published: March 2020
Stirring Dough with a Dough Hook
Get the most out of your dough hook.
Published: March 2020
Tips for Putting More Filling into Filled Doughnuts
Tips for Putting More Filling into Filled Doughnuts
Filling doughnuts can be a mess, but it doesn't have to be.
Published: March 2020
A Shelf-Stable Lemon Substitute
A Shelf-Stable Lemon Substitute
Citric acid can be good to have when you're short on lemons.
Published: March 2020
What Is Matcha?
What Is Matcha?
This green tea can be consumed as a drink or added to baked goods to contribute color and subtle flavor.
Published: March 2020
How to Fix Failed Mayo
How to Fix Failed Mayo
If your homemade mayo isn't coming together, this easy trick will turn it lush and glossy.
Published: January 2020
How to Prep an Artichoke
How to Prep an Artichoke
Leave the stem on? Trim off all the pointy ends? Rub with a lemon? Here's the lowdown on what's necessary and what's not.
Published: January 2020
How to Make Perfect Jammy Eggs
How to Make Perfect Jammy Eggs
For a luxuriously spoonable consistency, steam the eggs—and stop cooking at 8 minutes.
Published: January 2020
A Better Way to Scrape the Bottom of Your Food Processor Bowl
A Better Way to Scrape the Bottom of Your Food Processor Bowl
Here's how to swipe up ingredients trapped beneath the blade without nicking your rubber spatula at the same time.
Published: January 2020
Why You Need Two Pizza Peels
Why You Need Two Pizza Peels
A wooden peel is best for transferring pizza into the oven; a metal peel is better at removing it.
Published: January 2020
Add Nutty Flavor to Quick Breads with Buckwheat
Add Nutty Flavor to Quick Breads with Buckwheat
Buckwheat flour can bring pleasing nuttiness to quick breads and muffins—but for moist texture, don't sub in too much.
Published: January 2020
What Is Creamed Honey?
What Is Creamed Honey?
This condiment is great for spreading over toast, crumpets, or anything that needs a sweet boost.
Published: December 2019
A Great Alcohol-Free Sub for Red Wine
A Great Alcohol-Free Sub for Red Wine
A surprising combination makes for a startlingly good stand-in.
Published: January 2020
Do You Need Heavy-Duty Foil?
Do You Need Heavy-Duty Foil?
We carried out tests to see if two layers of regular foil work just as well.
Published: November 2019
Can You Hear When Your Cake Is Finished Baking?
Baking lore says that a cake sings as it bakes, and stops singing when it’s done. We put this legend to the test to see if it was true.
Published: November 2019
What Is Tadka?
What Is Tadka?
This core technique in Indian cooking blooms whole spices in fat to extract bold flavors.
Published: November 2019
Why You Should Use Visual Cues, Not Time, When Whipping Cream or Eggs in a Stand Mixer
Why You Should Use Visual Cues, Not Time, When Whipping Cream or Eggs in a Stand Mixer
The number of wires on whisk attachments vary—and can affect how quickly or slowly the attachment whips.
Published: November 2019
What Are Dried Barberries?
What Are Dried Barberries?
Try this tangy alternative to dried cranberries.
Published: November 2019
How to Use Mexican Chocolate
How to Use Mexican Chocolate
We tested Mexican chocolate in place of our favorite dark chocolate in chocolate sheet cake and flourless chocolate cake. Here’s why the results were disastrous…
Published: September 2019
Keep Mashed Potatoes Warm with Sous Vide
Keep Mashed Potatoes Warm with Sous Vide
Use an immersion circulator to keep your freshly made mashed potatoes (and sweet potatoes) hot while you are busy cooking other dishes. Here are three things to…
Published: September 2019
Why Mint Tea Isn’t a Good Dried Mint Substitute
Why Mint Tea Isn’t a Good Dried Mint Substitute
While dried mint and mint tea are both “minty,” their flavors are not the same.
Published: September 2019
How to Make A Citrus Spiral Garnish for Cocktails
How to Make A Citrus Spiral Garnish for Cocktails
Here’s how to make spirals of citrus zest without a channel knife.
Published: September 2019