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One Last Thing to Do with Eggshells Before You Toss Them
Tips from The Kitchn
Here's a *sharp* idea!
Mar 19, 2021
My Simple Trick for Keeping Salad Greens Fresh and Crisp
Tools
For up to 10 days!
Mar 17, 2021
My Space-Wasting Spätzle Maker Is My Favorite Kitchen Tool
Shopping
"I won't clear out space for a salad spinner, but my spätzle maker will always have a spot in a drawer."
Mar 11, 2021
What’s the Difference Between Cast Iron and Carbon Steel?
Tools
Cast iron and carbon steel have a lot in common, so which one should you get?
Mar 8, 2021
3 Surprising Things Every Instant Pot Owner Should Know
Tips from The Kitchn
We consider these how-did-I-not-know-this-already tips.
Mar 7, 2021
10 Things You Should Never Do with Your Stainless Steel Pans
Tips from The Kitchn
Don't ever put it in the dishwasher — even if the manufacturer directions say you can!
Mar 1, 2021
5 Things I Learned About Cast Iron Skillets When I Inherited My Old Roommate’s Pan
Tips from The Kitchn
"I was a cast iron novice until I just ... started using it."
Feb 19, 2021
What’s That Gross Gunk Coming out of My KitchenAid Stand Mixer?
Tips from The Kitchn
Here's why it happens, how to prevent it, and how you can fix it.
Feb 15, 2021
Should You Buy an Air Fryer, an Air Fryer Oven, or an Air Fryer Toaster Oven?
Tools
We'll tell you the pros and cons of each.
Feb 8, 2021
The Best Way to Season a Carbon Steel Skillet Is … with Potato Skins
Tips from The Kitchn
Unlike cast iron skillets, carbon steel skillets often come unseasoned. Meaning, you gotta do it yourself.
Feb 9, 2021
7 Knife Tips Everyone Needs to Hear, from the Guy Behind the Oh-So-Gorgeous Middleton Made Knives
Tools
When was the last time you conditioned the handles?
Feb 4, 2021
Does It Matter If Your Kitchen Appliances Are All from Different Brands? 
Tips from The Kitchn
It depends!
Jan 30, 2021
What Are Garlic Keepers, and Do You Need One?
Shopping
These little containers sure do look cute, but do they keep garlic fresher, longer? We did some testing!
Jan 27, 2021
What Is Pressure Cooking and How Does It Work?
Shopping
Whether you're interested in a stovetop or an electric pressure cooker, we'll go over the basics.
Jan 21, 2021
You’ve Been Using Colanders the Wrong Way Your Entire Life
How did it take me so long to figure this out!
Jan 21, 2021
5 Things You Need to Know About Ceramic Knives
Your questions about ceramic knives, answered.
Jan 20, 2021
How Does an Air Fryer Work?
Shopping
An air fryer is actually a lot like a countertop convection oven. Just with a few differences.
Jan 20, 2021
The Greatest Stand Mixer Hack Everyone Needs to Know
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
It'll save you so much time and effort.
Jan 8, 2021
9 Things You Need to Know About That New Carbon Steel Pan You Just Got for the Holidays
Tips from The Kitchn
First of all, here's the deal with that waxy coating ...
Dec 28, 2020
10 Best Uses for Your Toaster Oven
We often get questions about cooking in small spaces. While recommending another appliance might not seem like the logical answer, a counter-top oven is actually a great solution for energy-conscious, small-space cooking. Let me count the ways… I’ve been playing with the Breville Smart Oven, which yes, makes toast, but is so much more than a toaster oven. It’s just big enough to bake a pie, even a 13″ round pizza.
Dec 31, 2020
3 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Knives
Do you know the quickest way to dull a knife? Turns out there are three. I’m the first to admit I’ve done two out of three of these things at one time or another, but now I know better — and you can, too! 1. You store your knives unsheathed in the utensil drawer.There are a few reasons this is bad: first of all, it’s dangerous to have a knife loose in the drawer. Secondly, an unsheathed knife rubs against other things, which causes it to get dull very quickly.
Dec 31, 2020
This Is What a Dishwasher Actually Does to Your Knife
Never put your knife in the dishwasher again.
Dec 31, 2020
How To Paint a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
You used to love pink and now you do not. Paint it any color you want! We've got all the steps you'll need.
Dec 31, 2020
10 Things to Know About Your New Cast Iron Skillet
Tips from The Kitchn
This could clear some things up for non-newbies as well!
Dec 15, 2020
What’s the Difference Between a Braiser and a Dutch Oven?
Shopping
Using a Dutch oven to braise meat could result in steamed pork instead of perfectly seared chops.
Dec 9, 2020
What Is a Braiser, Do I Need One, and Which One Should I Get?
Shopping
We have a budget-friendly option and a splurgier pick.
Dec 8, 2020
How to Figure Out What Size Slow Cooker You Should Get
Shopping
All the bells and whistles aside, the trickiest part of buying a new slow cooker is figuring out which size to buy.
Dec 3, 2020
5 Little Tricks Everyone Who Owns a Cutting Board Should Know
Tips from The Kitchn
Hey, that's you!
Dec 1, 2020
7 of the Biggest Mistakes You Make with Your Oven, According to Appliance Repair Pros
Tips from The Kitchn
Stop opening that oven door while cookies are baking!
Nov 20, 2020
The Most Popular KitchenAid Stand Mixer Color in Every State
If you live in Washington, you probably have the "Blue Velvet" stand mixer.
Nov 18, 2020
What Is Rinse Aid and Should You Be Using It?
If you have spotty dishes that don't get completely dry, the answer may be yes.
Nov 16, 2020
The Absolute Dummy's Guide to Cast Iron Skillets
You're Not a Dummy, Actually
A cast iron skillet has this weird effect: Sometimes even great cooks feel a little nervous. We're here to take your hand and get you started.
Nov 4, 2020
How to Care for Your Cast Iron, According to a Couple Who Owns Close to 15,000 Pieces
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
These collectors definitely know what they're talking about.
Nov 4, 2020
Cleaning Reddit Agrees: Everyone Should Own a Carpet Squeegee
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
It even works on upholstered dining room chairs!
Oct 29, 2020
What Are Pie Weights? And When Should I Use Them?
Tips from The Kitchn
You probably have a suitable alternative in your pantry already!
Oct 25, 2020
This Tiny Trick Will Totally Change How You Look at (and Use!) Your Pots and Pans
Tips from The Kitchn
Mind. Blown.
Oct 21, 2020
What You Really Need to Know About Exploding Glass Bakeware
Tips from The Kitchn
ALWAYS set a hot dish on a dry cloth potholder!
Oct 15, 2020
What's the Difference Between Nonreactive and Reactive Pans?
Tips from The Kitchn
It's science!
Oct 12, 2020
What’s the Difference Between All the Instant Pot Models?
A model or two will most likely be on sale during Amazon Prime Day. Here's what you need to know before then.
Oct 7, 2020
What’s the Difference Between Bleached and Unbleached Parchment Paper?
They're kinda the same, but also different.
Oct 7, 2020
How the Lowly Stick Blender Changed My Feelings About Soup
I love the idea of cream soups. They look pretty, taste delicious and are a super easy way to sneak random vegetables into kids. But that whole “purée in batches in your blender” thing stopped me. You see, I hate it when hot soup explodes in my face or anywhere in my kitchen. But when my husband and I got married, he brought something to our shared home: Betty Crocker the Pbrrt.
Sep 30, 2020
How I Got My Slow Cooker Fixed (And Honestly, It’s Even Better Now)
You remember my slow cooker? The one I broke? Twice? I really didn’t want to buy a new one, because I had already done that once and it’s important to me to make things last. (Evidence: My husband’s car has 175,000 miles. My car, “the new one,” has 95,000 miles, and we aren’t considering a car purchase anytime soon.) Before I replaced my cooker, I got in touch with Brenton Sadreameli of Mr.
Sep 30, 2020
How I Replaced My Microwave Without Buying a New One
So, we’re still without a microwave, and I still don’t think we’ll get one. We lost an old, but reliable, car recently, so there really isn’t room in the budget. The space formerly occupied by the microwave has been filled with a few things, including kids’ art, bread and plastic wrap. This lack of a replacement hasn’t been that big of a deal, except for one thing: reheating coffee. I am one of those gross people who reheats her coffee more than once.
Sep 30, 2020
How I Stock My Smoothie Drawer
When my big kids were little, smoothies were the healthy dessert that could sway them to eat their dinner. Full of fruit and unsweetened yogurt, they are a delicious treat that counts as dessert even though it’s healthy. Now that my eldest is concerned with improving his own nutrition and building muscle, smoothies serve as a nutritional supplement in his 3000-calorie day. Yikes! For the rest of the U17 crew it still counts as dessert or a rocking snack or breakfast.
Sep 30, 2020
Why I Chose the Pressure Cooker Over the Slow Cooker
As we walk in the door at 5:45 p.m., the most stressful part of our day begins. Jonas, my 16-month-old, instantly starts banging his little fist against his open mouth signing that he wants to eat. Darby, my three-year-old, runs in asking, “Can you make me a ‘pecial dinner, Mama?” It is a mad rush to find something nutritious to serve them fast — berries, carrots, yogurt, cheese, and whole wheat pasta are frequently seen on their plates. It is all I can muster.
Sep 30, 2020
This Is the One Kitchen Appliance New Parents Should Own
I got a pressure cooker long before I started thinking about kids, back when I was just a busy person who loved being able to cook quick weeknight dinners. Then I had a baby and realized that a pressure cooker is even more essential for new parents, with uses I never even thought about before I had an infant.
Sep 30, 2020
Cooking with Kids? You’re Going to Need a Bigger Bowl
The first time I made granola with my now 5-year-old daughter, she wasn’t quite 2 years old. She wore an adorable little apron, had her own mixing spoon, and I picked out a “just the right size for this batch of granola” bowl for us to work in. Moments after starting our granola project, oats and maple syrup littered the floor, her step stool, and her hair.
Sep 30, 2020
5 Essential Tools for Cooking with Kids
Cooking with younger kids isn’t much different than everyday cooking, but tiny cooks require a few tools to make their time in the kitchen easier on you as their sous-chef and better for them as they learn. Luckily most of these tools are inexpensive, easy to find, or adaptable for your tiny cook. These are five of my favorite tools for cooking with young kids. A step stool is the starting place for getting young kids cooking because it helps them reach the counter.
Sep 30, 2020
How Long Do Sippy Cups Last?
I may only have one child — a very rambunctious 4-year-old boy — but somehow, I’ve accumulated a vast collection of sippy cups. My kitchen counter has overflowed with various candy-colored cups with retractable straws, drinking nubs, or silicone leak-free discs; then there was the Thomas the Tank Engine phase, followed by a Paw Patrol period. Now, I’m in my son’s “green” era, when only cups in shades from lime to grass to emerald are acceptable.
Sep 30, 2020
Is It OK to Use a Cast Iron Skillet on a Glass-Top Stove?
We're finally putting the rumors to rest.
Jun 27, 2024
Why Everyone Needs a Mini Cutting Board
Shopping
When it comes to cutting boards, the general rule is that bigger is better. We're here to argue the opposite for a second.
Sep 21, 2020
Why Everyone Needs Cheesecloth in Their Kitchen (Even If You Never Make Cheese)
Shopping
I turn to it regularly (and nothing else will do).
Sep 18, 2020
8 Cast Iron Tips from a Cook Who Officially Ditched All of Her Nonstick Pans
Tips from The Kitchn
Every single thing she makes for her family is cooked in cast iron.
Aug 24, 2020
What Is a Convection Microwave Oven?
Tips from The Kitchn
And how exactly do you use it?
Aug 18, 2020
3 Surprising Things a Well-Prepared Cook Always Keeps in the Freezer
Freezer Week
They're NOT groceries.
Aug 13, 2020
The 5 Biggest Things People Get Wrong About Cast Iron Cookware
Tips from The Kitchn
It's totally fine to cook tomatoes in a cast iron skillet!
Aug 3, 2020
How Can Lodge Cast Iron Skillets Be So Darn Inexpensive?
Shopping
We're not complaining or anything — we just wanna know!
Jul 20, 2020
Can I Recycle Old Kitchen Cookware and Tools?
Q: In honor of Earth Day, I was wondering if you could suggest an earth-friendly way to get rid of exhausted kitchen gear. It’s time to get rid of my melted spatula and scratched-up omelet pan but would hate for them to go to a landfill if they can be recycled. Any suggestions?Sent by AmeliaEditor: Amelia, yes, we have definitely sent old plastic cookware out in the recycling bin. Check your local guidelines.
Jul 17, 2020
Why You Shouldn’t Use Glass Cutting Boards
Tempered glass may seem like a great material option for a cutting board — it’s sturdy, treated for thermal shock, and easy to sanitize in the dishwasher or sink. However, there are good reasons why I’ll never go glass when it comes to my cutting surface. Allow me to explain. Wooden cutting boards may take a little bit more maintenance and care than the tempered glass variety, but they’re way more gentle on your knives.
Jul 17, 2020
I Got an Instant Pot, but I’m Still Keeping My Slow Cooker
I love my Instant Pot, I really do. Even as a professional chef, getting one in my home kitchen really was a game-changer. Perfectly cooked, no-soak beans every time! Homemade nutrient-dense bone broth in 45 minutes! Fluffy rice! Homemade yogurt! Perfect hard-boiled eggs … for 20 people! The list could go on and on, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I still love my slow cooker, too. Let me tell you why.
Jul 15, 2020
What’s a Double Boiler and What’s the Best One to Buy (or DIY)?
Shopping
"Melt chocolate in double boiler," a recipe will say. Here's what that means ...
Jul 15, 2020
What’s the Difference Between a Sauté Pan and a Skillet?
Shopping
Plus: The absolute best ones to buy.
Jul 9, 2020
What’s the Difference Between a Pizza Steel and Pizza Stone?
Shopping
If you want to make pizza at home, you'll need to know what's up.
Jun 23, 2020
What Exactly Is a Defrosting Tray — And Do You Need One?
Shopping
How many times a month do you find yourself wishing that you had remembered to defrost some meat the night before?
Jun 18, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Gas Grills — All in One Place
Shopping
Including which gas grill is best!
Jun 5, 2020
The Best Place to Buy Cedar Planks for Grilling
Shopping
Our answer might surprise you!
Jun 8, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Charcoal Grills — All in One Place
Shopping
Including which charcoal grill is best!
May 21, 2020
The Very First Thing You Should Do with a New Knife
Tips from The Kitchn
After you wash it, of course.
Apr 22, 2020
Why Every Serious Cook Needs an Offset Spatula
Shopping
It's not just for frosting cakes!
Apr 13, 2020
6 Things to *Never* Do with a Wood Cutting Board
Tips from The Kitchn
Do not rub it down with olive oil!
Apr 10, 2020
8 Small Kitchen Appliances That’ll Make Life Easier When You’re Working from Home—and They’re on Sale!
Shopping
Number 5 will take the chore out of chopping and it's 60% off right now!
Mar 26, 2020
I Painted My KitchenAid Stand Mixer — Here’s How It’s Holding Up 5 Years Later
Tips from The Kitchn
Spoiler: It's still pretty great! You've gotta see it!
Mar 23, 2020