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  • Experiment: Defrosting Sandwich Bread

    Freezing sandwich bread to keep it from going stale is a common practice. What is the best way to defrost the bread?

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  • Lite Corn Syrup

    How will lite corn syrup affect baked goods?

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  • Lobster Tales

    When I butcher a live lobster to remove the tail for grilling or sautéing, is it important to cook it right away, or can I keep it in the refrigerator a few hours?

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  • Fortified Substitution

    What exactly makes a wine fortified, and can I substitute ordinary red or white wine if I don’t have any on hand?

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  • Sweetening with Stevia

    There's now a natural low-calorie sugar substitute at the supermarket called Truvia made from the stevia plant. Is this product an acceptable stand-in for sugar in beverages and cooking?

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  • Know Your Oats

    Whole, hulled oats are also known as groats. After being heated to inhibit rancidity, they are further processed, according to the particular style.

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  • Blemish-Free Pancakes

    Why does the first batch of pancakes turn out with splotchy, brown spots?

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  • Oil Change for Baking

    Can you substitute another type of oil for recipes that call for a small amount of vegetable oil?

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  • Taming Raw Onion Flavor

    Can the way you cut an onion affect its flavor?

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  • Tasting Eggplants

    Can the four most common varieties of eggplant be used interchangeably in recipes?

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  • The Problem with Meat Probes

    Meat probes are one of the best ways to temp meat—or are they?

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  • Storing Sliced Onions

    What is the best way to store sliced onions?

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  • Must-Have Measuring Tools

    To accurately follow recipes, our seven kitchen-tested favorites are an essential investment.

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  • Essential Cookware

    Here are the core pots and pans we rely on in the test kitchen and recommend for yours.

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  • Bakeware Basics

    For the best cakes, pies and muffins, our eight top picks offer quality and durability at an affordable price.

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  • Need-To-Own Knives

    Our top chef's knife, paring knife, and bread knife are a cut above the competition.

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  • Indispensable Kitchen Utensils

    We cleared out the clutter to identify 10 tools and gadgets you can't cook without.

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  • Freezer Basics

    Some basic freezer knowledge will help you better preserve food.

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