Putting the Orange Family to Work

Published January 1, 2017.

We often keep clementines and tangerines around for snacking, and we wondered if they would work as a substitute for oranges in recipes.

Oven-Ripened Avocados?

Published January 1, 2017.

We recently saw a piece online claiming that you can ripen rock-hard avocados by baking them in a low oven, which in theory puts the ripening process into hyperdrive. We had to try it out.

24-Hour Preserved Lemons

Published September 1, 2016.

Preserving lemons in salt softens their rinds and imbues the fruit with a floral, pungent flavor through fermentation.

How to Cut an Apple Without Coring

Published September 1, 2016.

If you’re cutting just a few apples for a salad or a garnish, it can be easier to skip coring and simply cut the flesh off the core. There’s a little more waste, but the time savings can be worth it.

Baking with Rainier Cherries

Published July 1, 2016.

Can Rainier cherries be substituted for Bing cherries in recipes?

Fruit Pie for a Crowd

Published May 1, 2016.

When baking for a large group, try a slab pie—it’s baked in a rimmed baking sheet and serves up to 20 people.

Pitting Cherries Without a Pitter

Published July 1, 2015.

Cherry pitters make pitting cherries quick and simple. But since not everyone owns such a tool, we looked for alternatives.

Removing Pomegranate Seeds

Published November 1, 2014.

What’s the best way to remove the seeds from a pomegranate?

Does Apricot Origin Matter?

Published March 1, 2014.

Can California and Mediterranean dried apricots be used interchangeably?

The Skinny on Skinny Avocados

Published January 1, 2014.

What are "skinny" avocados?

Doing the Cocktail Twist

Published January 1, 2013.

Do the different ways of using citrus peel to garnish cocktails produce different tastes?

Sweet Solution to Brown Fruit

Published January 1, 2013.

We discovered a sweet way to keep cut apples and other fruits from browning.

Prepping Apples in Advance for Baking

Published November 1, 2012.

Will it affect the quality of the filling if you cut the apples the day before assembling apple desserts?

The Difference Between Green and Orange Papaya

Published May 1, 2012.

Is the crunchy fruit used to make Thai green papaya salad a different fruit from the soft orange papaya you find at the supermarket?

How to Spiral Cut a Pineapple

Published March 1, 2012.

This method for cutting a pineapple is both attractive and efficient.

Freezing Avocados

Published March 1, 2012.

Can you freeze avocados without compromising their texture or flavor?

Mango Varieties

Published March 1, 2012.

There are often two different kinds of mangos in the produce aisle: one that’s big, round, and reddish green and another that’s small, golden, and kidney-shaped. Do they taste the same?

Coconut-Milk Whipped Cream

Published January 1, 2012.

Is it possible to create dairy-free whipped "cream" using the thick layer of coconut fat from the top of a can of regular coconut milk?

Keeping Zested Lemons Juicy

Published September 1, 2011.

Zested lemons often become dry, shriveled, and hard before anyone gets a chance to juice them. What’s the best way to store lemons once their zest has been removed?

Storing Grapes

Published July 1, 2011.

Does rinsing grapes before storing them cause them to spoil more quickly?

Making Bananas Last

Published May 1, 2011.

Is there any way to slow the ripening of bananas?

Getting the Best Zest

Published March 1, 2011.

The Dissipating Aroma of Banana Bread

Published September 1, 2010.

Why does my banana bread smell so fragrant and banana-y right out of the oven but lose most of its aroma as it cools? Does it mean that the cool bread will have less flavor than the warm, fragrant bread?

Jazz Apples

Published September 1, 2010.

They might be the first fruit to "go viral," but do jazz apples live up to the hype?

The Best Way to Ripen Bananas

Published July 1, 2010.

Strategies for speeding ripening in bananas abound, but as we worked our way through over eight cases of fruit while developing our Ultimate Banana Bread, we found most of them ineffective.

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