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Content Type: How To Extra-Old Extract
Does vanilla extract ever go bad or lose potency?
Content Type: 6 Ways We Use Sensory Science in the Test Kitchen
We put sensory science to work to help home cooks everywhere make better food.
Content Type: Recipe Crisp Roasted Potatoes
After weeks of testing, we discovered the secrets to the crispiest, creamiest roasted potatoes ever: the right spud, the right shape, and—surprisingly—a not-so-delicate touch.
Content Type: How To Cutting Out Curdling in Cultured Dairy
The cultured dairy products in some of our favorite recipes are sensitive to heat and can easily curdle if the stew is too hot or reheated. We wondered if another dairy product would provide a more stable tang.
Content Type: Article Cook’s Illustrated Explains: Xanthan Gum
The most useful hydrocolloid ever invented.
Content Type: How To How to Clean a Smelly Silicone Ice Tray
Silicone ice trays make extracting ice easy, but over time they can pick up odors from the freezer, which can give ice an off-flavor. Here's a way to remove those odors from the tray.
Content Type: How To How to Prevent Mushrooms from Absorbing Too Much Oil
Mushrooms are veritable sponges, absorbing as much oil as you put in the pan. But while developing a new method for sautéing mushrooms, we noticed that, once cooked, the mushrooms barely absorbed any oil at all. Here's why (and how).
Content Type: How To How to Make Your Metal Pans Naturally Nonstick
Behold the power of lecithin.
Content Type: How To Should You Wash Mushrooms?
Does washing mushrooms really affect their flavor and cooking time? We address this long-held debate.
Content Type: How To Should You Add Fruit to a Marinade?
Many fruits contain enzymes that supposedly tenderize meat. We tested their tenderizing effects for ourselves.
Content Type: How To Visual Guide to Judging Bread Doneness
When baking bread, trust your eyes first and foremost.