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  • White Soy Sauce

    How does white soy sauce differ from regular soy sauce, and can it be used in its place?

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  • Expeller-Pressed Oil

    How does expeller-pressed canola oil differ from regular canola oil, and is it worth the added expense?

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  • "Blooming" Mustard Powder

    Does mixing mustard powder with water and allowing it to rest improve the flavor?

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  • Whole-Wheat Flour Swap

    To achieve healthier muffins and cookies, how much whole wheat flour can be substituted before the texture is affected?

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  • Rewashing Prewashed Lettuce

    Should bagged prewashed lettuce be washed again before eating?

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  • Bubbly Beverage Substitution

    What is the difference among club soda, seltzer, and sparkling mineral water, and can they be used interchangeably?

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  • Best Climate for Bread Dough

    Some bread recipes call for proofing dough at room temperature, others suggest a warm environment, and still others specify a cold environment like the fridge. Is one approach better than another?

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  • Tips for Buying and Storing Coffee

    You can spend $20 a pound for premium coffee, but unless you’re mindful of roasting dates, bagging techniques, and expiration dates, you won’t get the most bang for your buck.

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  • Coffee Freshness Test

    Stale beans do nothing for your morning cup of joe; however, with our easy freshness test, you can count on perfect coffee day after day.

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  • Best Coffee Brewing Practices

    Honing in on the perfect brewing technique can be difficult, but struggle no longer. Our best brewing practices are sure to streamline the process.

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  • Pour-Over Coffee Brewing Method (Manual Drip)

    As its title suggests, the manual drip method requires constant attention, but yields a flavorful, bright coffee.

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  • How to Use a Mortar and Pestle

    This method for using this ancient kitchen tool will ensure perfectly powdered spices every time.

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  • Lighter Béchamel

    This classic French white sauce is traditionally made with whole milk. Could we lighten up béchamel while still maintaining its rich flavor and consistency?

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  • The Rundown on Coffee Roasts

    How does the roast of a coffee effect its final flavor?

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  • Stabilizing the Whisking Bowl

    Here's a hands-free method to keep your bowl in place.

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  • The Final Word on Coffee Filters

    When choosing between metal or paper, the answer depends on the body of your brew.

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  • Lettuce Storage

    Here's the best way to store the most common types of lettuce when you get home from the supermarket.

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  • Tasting Dried Mushrooms

    Porcinis aren't the only dried mushrooms with an intense, earthy flavor. Here are a few others that taste great in stews and sauces.

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  • Faster, Cheaper—and Fresher Oil

    What is "super-high-density planting"?

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  • Fresh Off the Press

    What is olio nuovo, and is it worth ordering?

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