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  • Salted versus Unsalted Butter

    Is it OK to replace unsalted (sweet cream) butter with salted butter if you reduce the total amount of salt in the recipe?

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  • Apple Cider versus Apple Juice

    What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? Can you use them interchangeably?

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  • Xanthan Gum

    What is xanthan gum, and why is it used in recipes?

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  • Why and How to Blanch and Shock Vegetables

    This classic pair of techniques turns raw vegetables perfectly crisp-tender for serving with dips on a crudite platter or in salads. It also seasons them and ensures that their color will be vibrant.

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  • Cooking with Savory

    What is savory and what does it taste like? If it's not available at the supermarket, what would be a good substitute?

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  • Better-Tasting Leftovers

    In the past, we've addressed the fact that soups and stews often taste better after they are cooled and reheated. In a similar vein, when "seasoning" soups and stews or "ripening" quick breads before freezing, we wondered: Is it better to wait a few days before freezing them?

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  • Cold Brew Iced Tea

    We've seen Lipton Cold Brew tea in the supermarket and wondered if it could save us some time when making iced tea.

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  • Baking Soda as Odor Absorber

    Can baking soda really remove unpleasant odors from the refrigerator or freezer?

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  • Bleached versus Unbleached Flour

    What is the difference between bleached and unbleached flour, and should you buy one over the other?

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  • The Science of Staling

    When baked goods go stale, why does bread turn hard, while crackers soften?

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  • Used Fryer Oil

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  • The Right Time to Sift

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  • Sharper Shallot Shopping


    What should you look for when buying shallots? View this how to
  • How to Cook a Two-Layer Cake Evenly

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  • Ripening Avocados

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  • Prepeeled Garlic

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  • Make-Ahead Cookies

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  • How the Cheese Crumbles

    How do the precrumbled cheeses found in the deli section of the supermarket stack up to the same brands sold in solid block or log form?

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  • Meat, Meet Marmite

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  • How to Make Vegetable Tempura

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  • How to Make Vegetable Tempura

    There are a wealth of vegetable tempura options, but it's important to prepare the vegetables properly before you start.

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