How to Care for Your Cast Iron Skillet

Published February 23, 2018.

Take good care of your cast iron skillet and it will last you a lifetime. From daily maintenance to stripping and reseasoning a rusted pan, we show you how to care for this practically indestructible cooking tool. 

How to Prep and Cook with Celery Root

Published February 23, 2018.

Celery root, also known as celeriac, is the root bulb of a variety of celery plant. Its celery-like flavor sweetens as you braise, bake, roast, or mash it. Prepping it for cooking is a breeze, if you follow our simple steps. 

10 Best Holiday Gifts from $6 to $600

Published December 11, 2017.

Find the best holiday gifts for the cooks in your life, no matter your budget. Shop with confidence knowing that these trusted editors' picks are worth the splurge.

Santoku Knives

Published November 1, 2017.

With its petite build and curved tip, this friendly-looking Japanese blade is giving Western-style chef’s knives a run for their money. But does it offer something unique?

Slow Cookers

Published January 1, 2017.

Can machines designed for the same simple purpose—cooking food slowly enough that you can walk away—be all that different? You’d be surprised.

Scallion Pancakes with Dipping Sauce

Published September 1, 2016.

We made batch after gummy batch of this Chinese restaurant staple until we discovered a method that produced crispy, gorgeously layered results.

Food Processors

Published January 1, 2016.

How much do you need to spend to get a machine that makes light work of chopping, slicing, shredding, and mixing?

Science: The Secrets of Seasoning Meat

Published November 1, 2015.

Should you sprinkle your pork chop and turkey breast with the same amount of salt? Not if you want them to taste right.

Carving Boards

Published January 1, 2015.

Clever features on new carving boards promise easier carving and serving. But does clever always mean useful?

Carbon-Steel Knives

Published November 1, 2014.

Carbon-steel enthusiasts have long considered these knives sharper and more durable than stainless. But do they really perform better—and are they worth the upkeep?

Science: The Best Way to Use a Whisk

Published July 1, 2014.

We’ve noticed that different cooks seem to favor different motions when using a whisk. Is any one of these motions more effective than the others?

Science: Crispy Fried Food

Published March 1, 2014.

We take a closer look at the purpose of batters on fried foods. What do they do, and how do they work?

Stand Mixers (High-End)

Published November 1, 2013.

A stand mixer is one of the most expensive appliances in your kitchen, so it had better do it all—from whipping a single egg white to kneading thick pizza dough.

Chef's Knives

Published September 1, 2013.

One chef’s knife has been a champ in our kitchen for nearly two decades. Can any other blade come close to offering what it does—and at a bargain price?

Science: Why Young Cheese Melts Better than Aged Cheese

Published September 1, 2013.

Anyone who’s melted cheese for a sandwich knows that some types melt better than others, turning creamy without releasing fat. Why accounts for the differences?

Innovative Cookware

Published July 1, 2013.

Can newfangled designs improve on—or even stand up to—the tried-and-true pots and pans we’ve used for years?

Science: A Closer Look at Gluten

Published July 1, 2013.

See and feel gluten with this simple kitchen experiment.

Charcoal Grills

Published May 1, 2013.

We’ve happily made do with Weber’s basic kettle for years. But would newer, more tricked-out charcoal cookers be worth the upgrade?

Automatic Drip Coffee Makers

Published March 1, 2013.

The success of our favorite—but very pricey—Dutch automatic drip model spurred the launch of new rivals. Could any brew a great cup with less pain to our wallets?

Pressure Cookers

Published January 1, 2013.

The convenience, ease, and (yes!) safety of the modern pressure cooker will put dinner on the table fast—and make it taste as if you spent the whole day at the stove.

Pepper Mills

Published November 1, 2012.

This everyday gadget has been designed and redesigned a thousand times. But does a fancier mill mean the perfect grind?


Published September 1, 2012.

When our affordable favorite went kaput after less than a year, we had to wonder: How much would we need to spend for durability and a little peace of mind?

Fruit/Vegetable Peelers

Published July 1, 2012.

Why do some peelers skin produce with ease while others barely make the cut?


Published May 1, 2012.

A box grater has always been the go-to tool for shredding cheese and vegetables by hand. But given that most of us only ever use one side, shouldn’t there be something better?

Sauté Pans

Published March 1, 2012.

These big, straight-sided vessels have their uses, but how much should you pay for a pan you don't pull out every day?

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