Aliza Gans

Whether working on set with Michelin-starred chefs or conducting taste tests for magazines, Aliza prefers to be a spoon's-reach away from something delicious. Born in New Haven, now a writer and artist in Brooklyn, she feels at home in cities with good pizza.
The Single Best Tip I Can Give Anyone Planning to Do Some Spring Cleaning
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
It'll keep you from burning out.
Mar 20, 2021
I Tried Nearly a Dozen Frozen Apple Pies — One Stood Out as the Best and the Closest to Homemade
Taste Test
It also happened to be the prettiest!
Mar 14, 2022
I Tested All the Store-Bought Frozen Croissants I Could Get My Hands On — This One Rose Above the Rest
Taste Test
There's one key difference with this one!
Nov 2, 2021
I Tried Every Gluten-Free Pasta I Could Find — These Are the Ones I’ll Buy Again
Taste Test
There's a lot of love for hearts of palm.
Sep 22, 2021
What Are Salvage Grocery Stores? (And Do You Have One in Your Neighborhood?)
Shopping
Shopping at one of these stores can save you up to 50 percent off your food bill — or more.
Sep 5, 2021
This iPhone Hack Will Help You Get in and out of the Grocery Store Much Faster
Shopping
You'll be especially glad to know this, now, with indoor mask policies ramping back up again.
Aug 11, 2021
I Tried 14 Different Chicken Tenders — This Is the Only Brand I’ll Keep in My Freezer from Now On
Taste Test
The winner had perfectly juicy chicken and a crispy exterior that rivaled popcorn chicken morsels.
Aug 5, 2021
We Tried a Dozen Different Fake Bacon Options — There Was One Clear Winner That We’ll Be Buying Again
Taste Test
Our winner also happened to be the least expensive, the easiest to find, and the most like the real thing.
Jul 27, 2021
I Tried 38 Different Bottles of Mustard — These Are the Ones I’ll Buy Again
Taste Test
Dijon! Honey! Spicy brown! And yellow! We picked 4 unanimous favorites.
Jun 17, 2021
I Tried 16 Different Kinds of Instant Coffee — These Are the 2 I’ll Be Buying Again
Taste Test
You wouldn't think they'd be all that different. And yet they are!
May 5, 2021
I Tried a Dozen Different Packs of Frozen Spinach — Here Are the 2 I’ll Buy Again
Taste Test
"After spending a whole Saturday mindfully tasting 12 kinds of frozen spinach, I really got a grasp on my preferences."
Apr 27, 2021
I Tried 8 Brands of Microwavable White Rice — This Is the One I’ll Be Buying Again
Taste Test
If you’re looking for a super quick rice option, this one hits the bullseye.
Apr 12, 2021
The Frozen Vegetable That Saves Me Time, Money, and Fridge Space
Groceries
It's my frozen veggie secret weapon.
Apr 1, 2021
The Smart Way to Use Your Oven to Help with Dish Duty
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
"The more leisurely I dine, the easier cleanup is later."
Mar 27, 2021
Why Some Coca-Cola Bottles Have Yellow Caps Right Now
Groceries
Yellow! Not red!
Apr 17, 2024
Why Everyone Needs a Spray Bottle (or 3) in Their Kitchen
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
"If you aren’t spritzing your kitchen, you’re missing out."
Jan 11, 2021
This 3-Part Trick Has Made Washing Dishes Feel More Like a Spa Treatment
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
"I’m always looking for ways to make drudgery feel decadent."
Jan 10, 2021
I’ve Been Washing My Face Masks in the Dishwasher, and I Think You Should Too
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
A professor of epidemiology at American University gave it the green-light.
Jan 6, 2021
I Make My Morning Coffee the Italian Way — And It’s Easier than Other Methods
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Take it from someone who can’t be bothered with expensive plastic pods, drippy paper filters, or precisely pouring 204-degree water from a gooseneck kettle.
Oct 26, 2020
This $3 Tool Is Meant for Ceramicists, but I Use It Exclusively in the Kitchen
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"I’ve used it to scoop out a halved avocado, swipe up the last slicks of cake batter in my bowl, and to loosen what’s stuck to my cast iron skillet."
Aug 25, 2020
This $12 Milk Frother Belongs in Every Busy Cook's Kitchen
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And our reasoning has NOTHING to do with coffee.
Aug 3, 2020