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With Whipped Cream, Temperature Matters
Published: July 2015
With Whipped Cream, Temperature Matters
Conventional wisdom says to make sure your cream is cold before whipping it, bu…
Published: July 2015
Can You Reuse Charcoal Briquettes?
We wondered if we could save partially used coals and later reignite them for a …
Science: The Secrets of Cooking Rice
Published: July 2015
Science: The Secrets of Cooking Rice
Despite what many cookbooks suggest, rice-to-water ratios can’t simply be scaled…
Published: July 2015
Pitting Cherries Without a Pitter
Cherry pitters make pitting cherries quick and simple. But since not everyone ow…
Israeli Couscous
Published: July 2015
Israeli Couscous
We tasted five supermarket products, plain and in our Cook's Illustrated recipe …
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Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
Published: July 2015
Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced bal…
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Chunky Roasted Tomato Sauce
Published: July 2015
Chunky Roasted Tomato Sauce
Our roasting method concentrates the flavor of peak-season and supermarket tomat…
Roasted Tomato Relish
Published: July 2015
Roasted Tomato Relish
Our roasting method concentrates the flavor of peak-season and supermarket tomat…
Italian Sausage with Grapes and Balsamic Vinegar for Two
Published: July 2015
Italian Sausage with Grapes and Balsamic Vinegar for Two
This humble Italian supper celebrates the natural pairing of sweet and savory. B…
Israeli Couscous with Radishes and Watercress
Published: July 2015
Israeli Couscous with Radishes and Watercress
These pasta pearls can revitalize a picnic salad—but first you have to cook them…
Israeli Couscous with Tomatoes, Olives, and Ricotta Salata
Published: July 2015
Israeli Couscous with Tomatoes, Olives, and Ricotta Salata
These pasta pearls can revitalize a picnic salad—but first you have to cook them…
Grilled Whole Trout with Lime and Coriander
Published: July 2015
Grilled Whole Trout with Lime and Coriander
Grilling whole trout is quick and easy; plus, its crisp, smoky skin is a perfect…
Grilled Whole Trout with Orange and Fennel
Published: July 2015
Grilled Whole Trout with Orange and Fennel
Grilling whole trout is quick and easy; plus, its crisp, smoky skin is a perfect…
Strawberry Refrigerator Jam
Published: July 2015
Strawberry Refrigerator Jam
Refrigerator jams generally make a small batch, which means you don’t need to in…
Wheat Berry Pancakes
Published: July 2015
Wheat Berry Pancakes
Forget everything you’ve heard. The more whole-wheat flour you use, the more ten…
Israeli Couscous with Lemon, Mint, Peas, Feta, and Pickled Shallots
Published: July 2015
Israeli Couscous with Lemon, Mint, Peas, Feta, and Pickled Shallots
These pasta pearls can revitalize a picnic salad—but first you have to cook them…
Simple Israeli Couscous
Published: July 2015
Simple Israeli Couscous
These pasta pearls can revitalize a picnic salad—but first you have to cook them…
Roasted Tomatoes
Published: July 2015
Roasted Tomatoes
Our roasting method concentrates the flavor of peak-season and supermarket tomat…
Modern Succotash with Poblano, Bacon, and Cilantro
Published: July 2015
Modern Succotash with Poblano, Bacon, and Cilantro
Move over, limas. A new type of bean relieves this side dish of its suffering.
Modern Succotash with Leeks and Black Pepper
Published: July 2015
Modern Succotash with Leeks and Black Pepper
Move over, limas. A new type of bean relieves this side dish of its suffering.
Modern Succotash with Fennel and Scallions
Published: July 2015
Modern Succotash with Fennel and Scallions
Move over, limas. A new type of bean relieves this side dish of its suffering.
Modern Succotash
Published: July 2015
Modern Succotash
Move over, limas. A new type of bean relieves this side dish of its suffering.
Grilled Whole Trout with Marjoram and Lemon
Published: July 2015
Grilled Whole Trout with Marjoram and Lemon
Grilling whole trout is quick and easy; plus, its crisp, smoky skin is a perfect…
Cherry Clafouti
Published: July 2015
Cherry Clafouti
This baked French custard studded with fresh fruit would be a simple and satisfy…
Italian Sausage with Grapes and Balsamic Vinegar
Published: July 2015
Italian Sausage with Grapes and Balsamic Vinegar
This humble Italian supper celebrates the natural pairing of sweet and savory. B…
Fried Brown Rice with Pork and Shrimp
Published: July 2015
Fried Brown Rice with Pork and Shrimp
We figured out a single substitution that both eliminates the need for leftover …
Ultimate Charcoal-Grilled Steaks
Published: July 2015
Ultimate Charcoal-Grilled Steaks
The secret to delivering a charcoal-grilled steak with a killer crust and perfe…
100 Percent Whole-Wheat Pancakes
Published: July 2015
100 Percent Whole-Wheat Pancakes
Forget everything you’ve heard. The more whole-wheat flour you use, the more ten…
Peri Peri Grilled Chicken
Published: July 2015
Peri Peri Grilled Chicken
The key to making this spicy African dish is to treat it like classic barbecued …
Published: July 2015
How to Make Clarified Butter
Here's our preferred method for making clarified butter.
Published: July 2015
Ensuring Complete Seasoning
Here's the best way to season meat in accordance to what is called for in recipe…
Published: July 2015
Cracks in Your Pie Crust? Patch without Scraps
If cracks or holes form in your pie crust during prebaking, what's the best way …
Published: July 2015
Testing Knife Sharpness
What's the best way to determine when your knife needs sharpening?
Published: July 2015
Turning Stainless Steel Nonstick
We wanted to know if we could make a regular stainless-steel skillet more nons…
Published: July 2015
The Best Way to Measure Frozen Shrimp
When it comes to frozen shrimp, skip weighing them: count out what you need inst…
Published: July 2015
A Better Way to Seed Jalapeños
Recently, we found a better way to seed jalapeños and other straight-sided chile…
Published: July 2015
Skip the Salt When Cooking Corn
When cooking fresh corn in boiling water, skip the salt.
Published: July 2015
Clarified Butter: A Substitute for Shortening?
We wondered whether clarified butter or ghee, a type of clarified butter popula…
Published: July 2015
How to Cook with Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi, which can be either purple or green, is a member of the brassica famil…
Knife Sharpeners, 20-Degree (Conventional Western)
Published: June 2015
Knife Sharpeners, 20-Degree (Conventional Western)
We tested nine sharpeners designed to maintain 20-degree (Western style) knives.
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Steak Knives
Published: July 2015
Steak Knives
Which set of steak knives can really cut it?
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Jar Openers
Published: July 2015
Jar Openers
We tested seven jar openers and tested them on jars of all shapes, sizes, and ma…
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Insulated Shopping Totes
Published: July 2015
Insulated Shopping Totes
We tested six insulated shopping totes in order to find an easy-to-carry tote th…
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Cold Brew Coffee Makers
Published: July 2015
Cold Brew Coffee Makers
We tested 7 cold brewing products, as well as our DIY method, using our favorite…
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Grillbot
Published: July 2015
Grillbot
Could a robotic grill cleaner be the answer to your grill-cleaning woes?
Knife Sharpeners
Published: July 2015
Knife Sharpeners
What if you could buy a sharpener that not only repaired the new breed of ultrat…
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