Ingredient Explainers and Swaps
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A Visual Guide to 10 Varieties of Asian GreensSkills
I love the vegetable section in Asian grocery stores because there are so many greens to choose from, especially when I’m tired of kale and chard. But for those who haven’t cooked a lot with Asian greens, the produce aisle might be a bit overwhelming, especially since the greens can go by multiple names. As with most greens, Asian greens can be steamed, stir-fried, stewed, braised, chopped, and cooked in dumplings or soups. Some of these can even be served raw in salads!
Sep 6, 2022
Kosher Salt vs Sea Salt vs Table Salt: What’s the Difference & How Do You Use Them?Skills
It's okay if you didn't know already. We've got everything you need to know right here.
Sep 5, 2022
Cornmeal vs. Cornstarch: What's the Difference?Skills
They sound similar but are quite different.
Sep 2, 2022
Here’s Why Pro-Bakers Keep 3 Types of Vanilla on Hand At All Times (And You Should Too!)Skills
There’s something that truly can’t compare to the warm, sweet scent of vanilla. Beloved in everything from ice cream to cakes, a vanilla is as much a scent as it is a powerful flavor. Even in chocolate recipes, vanilla acts as a secret ingredient that makes everything taste just a little bit better. You’ll most often see vanilla extract called for in recipes, but there’s a whole world of vanilla products to explore.
Sep 1, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Corn Oil, Canola Oil, and Vegetable Oil?Skills
Plus, the best way to use each of them.
Sep 1, 2022
What Exactly Are San Marzano Tomatoes?
And are they worth the hype?
Praised for their flavor, San Marzano tomatoes hail from a specific region of Italy. Learn what makes them special, why San Marzano canned tomatoes are so prominently labeled, and how to use them in recipes.
Aug 25, 2022
The Difference Between Almond Flour and Almond MealSkills
It's a subtle difference, but an important one.
Aug 24, 2022
3 Vegetarian Substitutes for Gelatin (Because Vegans Love Jello Too!)Skills
Gelatin is made from animal collagen, but if you're a vegetarian or vegan, you can still make these delicious desserts.
Aug 23, 2022
8 Summer Squash Varieties: A Visual GuideSkills
From yellow and green zucchini to pattypan and cousa squash, there's an array of summer squash varieties. Learn the differences and best recipes for each here.
Aug 19, 2022
What Is the Difference Between Rice Flour and Sweet Rice Flour?Skills
Here's why you should keep both on hand.
Aug 19, 2022
5 Ways to Use Pomegranate MolassesSkills
Pomegranate molasses has become one of my favorite ingredients, but it’s a tricky one for many people. Perhaps you, like our assistant editor Ariel, bought a bottle to make one recipe, such as muhammara, and now you’re wondering what else to do with it. Ariel has been after me for months to write down a list of more ideas for pomegranate molasses.
Aug 19, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Tomato PasteSkills
Whether you choose store-bought or make your own, tomato paste adds a rich flavor to myriad dishes.
Aug 17, 2022
Top 5 Ways to Use Fennel Stalks & FrondsSkills
Most recipes with fennel, like our Shaved Fennel, Roasted Tomato, and Pistachio Salad, focus on the crunchy bulb, leaving us in a lurch when it comes to the leftover stalks and fronds. Fennel tops are tasty too! For these greens not to go to waste, there are five ways — including making a fennel pesto and adding them to your juice — to use fennel stalks and lacy fronds. Here are some favorite ways to use them up.
Aug 16, 2022
What Exactly Is the Difference Between Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip?Skills
There's a reason they taste so different.
Aug 13, 2022
What's a Stone Fruit, Anyway? Skills
Find out with our visual guide.
Aug 5, 2022
Pancetta vs Bacon vs Prosciutto: What’s the Difference?Skills
Bacon, pancetta, prosciutto: These three pork products look alike, taste somewhat similar, and even get regularly substituted for each other. It’s no wonder we get them confused! In actuality, each pork product has distinctive characteristics that make it ideal for different preparations. Here’s the scoop on each one and their differences. Bacon and pancetta have the most in common. They are both typically made from pork belly and both are cured for a certain length of time.
Aug 5, 2022
The 5 Best Substitutes for Corn Syrup for Pies, Candy, and MoreSkills
No matter what you're making, we have a substitute that'll work for you.
Jul 30, 2022
How to Tell If a Tomato Is Bad — Plus How to Pick a Good TomatoSkills
No more mealy tomatoes.
Jul 26, 2022
Heirloom Tomatoes Are Summer in a Bite — These Are the Best Ways to Enjoy ThemSkills
Plus, seven great varieties to try.
Jul 25, 2022
All About Small Tomatoes: 10 Cherry and Grape Varieties to Know and LoveSkills
They're great for snacking, salads, and cooking!
Jul 24, 2022
How to Shuck Corn Quickly and CleanlySkills
After a few tries, it'll be a total breeze!
Jul 20, 2022
How to Tell If Zucchini Is BadSkills
Plus, how to pick a good one!
Jul 21, 2022
The Real Difference Between Sour Cream and Crème FraîcheSkills
Plus when to use which for what!
Jul 11, 2022
Blue Corn: What It Is and How to Use This Vibrantly Hued IngredientSkills
The flavor is as beautiful as the color.
Jul 9, 2022
What Exactly Is Baby Corn? Skills
Here's how it's grown and harvested, plus how you can use it in recipes.
Jul 8, 2022
10 Cream Cheese Substitutes That Actually WorkSkills
Try these cream cheese swaps the next time you run out.
Jul 7, 2022
The Best Olive Oil Substitutes — And When to Use ThemSkills
Ran out of olive oil? There are plenty of substitutes you can use instead.
Jul 7, 2022
What’s the Difference Between a Cobbler, Crumble, and Crisp?Skills
Here's everything you've ever wanted to know, including how they get their names.
Jun 6, 2022
How to Cut Papaya — A Step-by-Step GuideSkills
Follow these simple steps to slice your fresh papaya.
Jun 25, 2022
How to Peel Kiwis — A Step-by-Step GuideSkills
There are four easy ways to do it!
Jun 24, 2022
How to Tell if Pickles Have Gone Bad (Plus, the Right Way to Store Them)Skills
Pickles last a long time — but not forever.
Jun 23, 2022
How to Freeze Lettuce (and How to Use It When It Thaws)Skills
Freezing lettuce works if you follow this simple rule.
Jun 22, 2022
What Is Mezcal? And How Is It Different from Tequila?Skills
The two are related but definitely not the same!
Jun 21, 2022
How to Freeze Cucumbers and Enjoy Summery Flavor All Year LongSkills
Here's how to do it so they don't get soggy.
Jun 21, 2022
Does Butter Go Bad? Yes — Here’s How to Tell.Skills
Butter does go bad, but with proper storage you can extend its life for days, weeks, and even months.
Jun 14, 2022
How to Freeze Mushrooms So They Stay Delicious for MonthsSkills
Don't let those mushrooms go to waste — do your future self a favor and freeze them.
Jun 13, 2022
Marinade Is the Key to the Juiciest, Most Flavorful Food — But How Exactly Does It Work?Skills
Here's everything you need to know about marinating meat, seafood, and more.
Jun 9, 2022
What Are Kumquats and How Can I Use Them?Skills
Pucker up for these sweet little citrus fruits.
May 31, 2022
The 4 Best Basil Substitutes for When You’re in a PinchSkills
No basil? Here are 4 substitutes you can use when you run out.
May 28, 2022
Can You Freeze Celery? Skills
Yes! Here's how to do it so it lasts for up to a year.
May 26, 2022
What Exactly Is Caster Sugar? Plus, How You Can Make It at Home.Skills
Here's what you should know about this special variety of sugar.
May 18, 2022
Do Spices Go Bad? Here's How to Know When It's Time to Throw Them Out.Skills
Just how long has that jar of cumin been lurking on your spice rack?
May 12, 2022
The Very Best Way to Store AsparagusSkills
Hint: It's similar to how you store fresh flowers.
May 10, 2022
The 4 Essential Types of Tequila and How to Use ThemSkills
Learn how each variety is special in its own way.
May 5, 2022
Our Salmon Cheat SheetSkills
Here are the main types of salmon you'll find for sale in the United States, plus the best ways to cook each one.
May 2, 2022
The Best Powdered Sugar Substitutes, According to a Baking ExpertSkills
Not only is it easy to make at home, but it's also easy to substitute.
Apr 30, 2022
These Expert-Approved Vanilla Extract Substitutes Work Like a CharmSkills
These substitutes are full of flavor and super easy to find.
Apr 29, 2022
Our Cheat Sheet to Salad GreensSkills
Jazz up your salad bowl with one of these tasty greens.
Apr 28, 2022
The 6 Best Substitutes for White Wine VinegarSkills
It's easy to substitute for white wine vinegar — here's how.
Apr 28, 2022
Allspice Is a Spice Cabinet Star — Here's Exactly How to Use ItSkills
This versatile warm spice gives a distinctive flavor to both sweet and savory dishes.
Apr 27, 2022
Out of Lemons? Here are 8 Substitutions You Can Use InsteadSkills
Use these common substitutions for fresh lemon juice and zest in baking and cooking.
Apr 20, 2022
The 3 Best Substitutes for Balsamic VinegarSkills
Ran out of balsamic? You probably have one of these great subs on hand.
Apr 21, 2022
What Exactly Is Espresso? And How Is It Different from Coffee?Skills
It's time to learn more about that drink you love so much.
Apr 19, 2022
Ham Hocks Are Your Flavor-Boosting Secret WeaponSkills
Use them to add tons of flavor to soups, stews, collards, and more.
Apr 13, 2022
Here's How Long Eggs Last, Plus How to Store Them ProperlySkills
Here's everything you need to know about the best way to store eggs and how to tell if eggs are still good.
Apr 14, 2022
What Exactly Is Corned Beef?Skills
Do you know?
Mar 15, 2022
All You Need to Know About Buying, Cooking, and Eating LambSkills
Is lamb on your menu? We've got you covered!
Apr 2, 2021
Fonio Cooks in 5 Minutes Flat (and It’s My Favorite Grain Ever)
Ingredient Intelligence
It tastes great, is full of nutrients, and is easy to cook.
Mar 8, 2021
The Secret to Better Salad Dressing Can Be Found in the Baking AisleSkills
It might seem surprising, but it really makes sense!
Mar 4, 2021
A Frozen Stash of Garlic Butter Will Be Your Dinner Secret WeaponSkills
Once you have garlic butter in the your freezer, you'll never have a dull dinner again.
Jan 29, 2021
The Refreshing, Lightly Floral Ingredient That Makes Iced Coffee So Much Better
Ingredient Intelligence
Plus three other ways to use it to amp up your drinks.
Sep 3, 2020
What Is Tapioca, and How Is It Used?Skills
The thickener, flour substitute, and more that you can't be without!
Aug 27, 2020
The Real Difference Between Coriander and Cilantro Explained
What's the Difference?
Plus where coriander seeds fit into the equation!
Aug 26, 2020
The One Surprising Thing You Should Never, Ever FreezeSkills
It's also one of the more expensive ingredients in your kitchen.
Aug 17, 2020
Frilly, Crunchy & Crazy Bitter: All the Ways We Love FriséeSkills
A bitter green you'll actually love.
Aug 5, 2020
The Best Pumpkins for Baking and CookingSkills
When it comes to pie, just any pumpkin will not do.
Jul 31, 2020
Peas: The Best Ways to Pick Them, Cook Them, and Eat Them
31 Days of Vegetables
Are peas the most romantic vegetable? My kids think so.
Jul 19, 2020
Brussels Sprouts: The Best Ways to Pick Them, Cook Them, and Eat Them
31 Days of Vegetables
Oh you darling little cabbages. There's no wrong time for sprouts.
Jul 16, 2020
Onions: The Best Ways to Pick Them, Cook Them, and Eat Them
31 Days of Vegetables
And cut them, and dice them, and caramelize them ...
Jul 15, 2020
Summer Squash: The Best Ways to Pick It, Cook It, and Eat It
31 Days of Vegetables
How to love squash a little more.
Jul 14, 2020