Substituting Meyer Lemons

Published January 1, 2018.

Can Meyer lemons be used in place of standard lemons? We entered the test kitchen to find out.

The Fastest Way to Dice Avocados for a Crowd

Published January 1, 2018.

Making a big batch of guacamole? Use this shortcut.

Easiest Way to Grate Apples

Published September 1, 2017.

Here's the best way to grate apples by hand.

Figuring Out Dried Figs

Published July 1, 2017.

When shopping for dried figs, you will most often find the following three options: Black Mission, Calimyrna, and Turkish (often labeled Smyrna). The latter two are actually the same variety of fig.

The Best Way to Prep Mangoes

Published July 1, 2017.

Cutting the flesh from a mango can be tricky.

The Best Way to Store Rhubarb

Published May 1, 2017.

It turns out that the best method we’ve found for storing celery also works for rhubarb.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Sweet Solution to Brown Fruit

Published January 1, 2013.

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

Doing the Cocktail Twist

Published January 1, 2013.

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

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.

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?

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