Our Most Popular New Cooking Lessons of 2017

Our Most Popular New Cooking Lessons of 2017

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Meghan Splawn
Dec 28, 2017
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There are cooking lessons from Kitchn that you, dear readers, come back to time and time again. Pork chops, bacon, and baked potatoes always rank high in popularity from year to year. But 2017 saw some of its own breakout stars, which we think we'll be seeing you revisit over and over again.

From fried chicken to ham in the slow cooker, here are the new cooking lessons you loved.

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1. How To Make the Lightest, Crispiest Waffles

Let's start with breakfast. These waffles are a game-changing breakfast delight, thanks to a whipped egg white. You can easily make a big batch of these and freeze the extra. Bye, store-bought freezer waffles!

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2. How To Make Bakery-Style Crumb Muffins

Portable crumb cake is possible with these bakery-style muffins. Turns out the secret to all that perfect crumb is one of our favorite baking ingredients: butter!

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3. How To Make Basic Fruit Jam Without Pectin

Preserving summer is one of our favorite annual goals, and this pectin-less jam is the ticket. There are no pectin rules to follow and no extra ingredients to find — just sugar, fruit, and time.

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4. How To Cook Perfect Steak on the Stovetop in 3 Steps

Our oven steak method is one of our all-time most popular cooking lessons ever. It turns out some of you also love a stovetop steak basted in butter, rosy on the inside and almost amber on the outside. This steak is a date-night classic.

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5. How To Make Honey-Glazed Ham in the Slow Cooker

So many friends, family, and readers have told me how much they love this recipe. Great for gatherings like Easter or Christmas, this ham is slow cooked to the most tender, juicy perfection.

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6. How To Cook Classic Beef Pot Roast in the Oven

This oven-braised pot roast is perfectly cooked in beef broth with tender potatoes and carrots. Serve over egg noodles for the ideal Sunday evening meal.

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7. How To Make Crispy, Juicy Fried Chicken

This is my personal favorite cooking lesson of the year, without question. A recipe I perfected over 10 years in the South, this chicken is slightly spicy, crispy, and juicy — plus, it's easy to fry and clean up. Make this ASAP.

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8. How To Cook Frozen Salmon in the Oven

A surprise hit from this year is frozen salmon. Yes, you can cook frozen salmon in the oven without thawing. And yes, its totally delicious and the perfect Miracle Meal for a busy weeknight.

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9. How To Cook & Brown Ground Beef

Are you a master of this everyday technique? It's something that many of us home cooks do once a week or more. Sure, there's no wrong way to brown beef, but this method is the best way.

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10. How To Make Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

This recipe is one of our most popular kid-friendly recipes of the year because it's easy to make and also incredible delicious. The secret is a coating of potato starch and a nice, hot oven.

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