This Is the Only Way You Should Be Storing BreadSkills
We're talking more than two weeks of fresh slices.
People Are Just Discovering What the Color of Twist Ties on Bread Actually MeanSkills
They're color-coded for a very important reason.
20 Types of Bread You Should KnowSkills
How many can you name off the top of your head?
The Best Use for Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix That’s Not MuffinsSkills
There's actually a much tastier way to use everyone's favorite muffin mix.
Everything You Need to Know About MatzoSkills
You might be familiar with matzo ball soup and see the packages of matzo around your grocery store, but many people don’t know what matzo really is or why it’s eaten. Here’s a quick introduction to the star of the Seder!
We Tested 6 Methods for Reviving Stale Bread, and the Winner Was a Huge SurpriseSkills
The best method yielded beautiful, fluffy results!
Here’s How Long Bread Will Last in the Freezer (and How to Store It)Skills
It's possible to freeze carbs and enjoy them later in a not-rock-hard state.
Dec 15, 2022
3 Ways to Tell When Bread Is DoneSkills
Learn how to tell when homemade breads are fully cooked with these tips.
Dec 14, 2022
Two Italian Brothers Slid into My DMs and Shared the Secret to the Best FocacciaSkills
Not to be dramatic, but the results were kind of mind-blowing.
Dec 1, 2022
The Simple Trick for Keeping Your Pie Crust from BurningSkills
No awkwardly cut foil strips required.
Nov 9, 2022
TikTok Just Taught Me a Better Way to Line My Loaf PanSkills
Use this clever folding trick to get the parchment paper just right.
Oct 30, 2022
The Easiest Way to Keep Bread Soft — No Fancy Tools NeededSkills
The only thing you need is already in your refrigerator!
Oct 5, 2022
I Tried the TikTok Hack of Baking Muffins over Rice and It Actually WorkedSkills
Here's why it's such a smart tip.
Oct 4, 2022
Alex Guarnaschelli’s Tip for Serving Restaurant-Quality Bread and Butter Couldn’t Be EasierSkills
It's time to step up your bread-and-butter game.
Aug 25, 2022
5 Ways to Tell When Dough is KneadedSkills
Knowing when you can stop kneading the dough is among the more mysterious aspects of baking bread. Sure, it’s no longer a wobbly mess of bubble-gummy dough, but is it really done? To find out, there are ways to tell whether the dough is ready after kneading it for 10-12 minutes by hand or 8-10 minutes in a mixer. Here are a few clues to look for. The point of kneading dough is to strengthen the gluten, which are the stringy bands of proteins that give bread its structure and texture.
Aug 11, 2022
How to Store Spring RollsSkills
The answer depends on how long your summer rolls need storing.
Aug 7, 2022
Is Fresh Yeast Important When Baking Bread?Skills
I don’t bake with yeast all that often, but I always reach for the packets of dry yeast when I do. But what about those little cakes of fresh yeast, the ones professional bakers are always talking about? It was time to find out more about fresh (or cake) yeast, and see what the fuss was all about. How is it different from dried yeast, is it easy to use, and would breads made from fresh yeast taste better?
Aug 4, 2022
Make It a Meal: 5 Excuses to Have Biscuits for DinnerSkills
Fresh biscuits like our Bacon-Cheddar Biscuits are so easy to pull together and take so little time to bake, they make an ideal component to a weeknight meal. In fact, we’ve been known to make them the centerpiece of the meal. Here are a few of our favorite excuses.1. Topped with Sauce – Many of the same sauces we put over pasta are fantastic over biscuits as well. We particularly love creamy ones like this Mushroom Sauce.2.
May 12, 2022
The Best Trick for Slicing Cinnamon Roll Dough PerfectlySkills
You likely already everything you need.
Apr 16, 2022
This Wildly Simple Hack Will Turn Your Muffin Tin into a Donut Pan with EaseSkills
You'll be blown away by this one.
Apr 7, 2022
This Incredibly Simple Baking Hack Will Make Your Muffin Tops Bigger and BetterSkills
You'll wish you knew this one sooner.
Mar 23, 2022
This Easy Garlic-Bread Hack Is the Key to Bread-Basket HeavenSkills
This might become your new favorite way of making garlic bread.
Mar 12, 2022
The Best Way to Put that Last Slice of Sandwich Bread to Good Use
Tips from The Kitchn
We promise, this trick won't get stale!
Mar 10, 2022
This Ingenious Bagel Shaping Hack Is Perfect for This Weekend’s At-Home BrunchSkills
Stuffed bagels? Sign us up!
Feb 25, 2022
This Easy Muffin Trick Will Make Your Mornings So Much TastierSkills
Waking up super early for work can be challenging, especially if you don't have a delicious breakfast planned. This buttery muffin trick fixes all of that!
Feb 23, 2022
Ina Garten's Tiny Trick Will Have You Using Cookie Cutters for Soup — Yes, SoupSkills
This trick for making soup toppers is so unbelievably easy!
Feb 2, 2022
Braid Challah Like a Pro with This Step-by-Step GuideSkills
Shannon Sharna explains how to braid challah bread in four different styles.
Nov 22, 2021
The Laziest Way to Make Croutons Also Happens to Be the Best WaySkills
It’s the easiest way to get flavor into *all* the nooks and crannies.
Oct 27, 2021
Try This Simple Trick to Stop Berries from Bursting on the Bottom of Your MuffinsSkills
It works with chocolate chips, too.
Sep 30, 2021
A Simple Trick for Making Picture-Perfect Loaf Cakes and Quick BreadsSkills
Get that professional-looking split top.
Aug 10, 2021
This Brilliant Bakery Tip Will Give You the Muffins of Your DreamsSkills
An overnight rest is good for more than just no-knead bread!
May 8, 2021
How to Activate and Proof Yeast For Basic Bread BakingSkills
If you've never worked with yeast before or, like me, haven't been successful in proofing your yeast, here's everything you need to know about getting started with dry yeast.
Jan 8, 2021
Here’s How to Take a Summer Vacation from Your Sourdough StarterSkills
Take a break from baking bread while the weather is hot!
Jul 10, 2020
The One Thing I Always Do When Making Banana Bread (and You Should Too!)Skills
I've been doing this for 15 years.
May 12, 2020
Comfort Me with Sourdough: An Absolute Beginner's Guide
Sourdough for Beginners
Our team is all-in on sourdough. Want to join us? It's the best baking adventure of all, and everything you need to get started is right here.
Mar 25, 2020
Why I Only Use Sourdough Bread When Making French Toast CasseroleSkills
Brioche is great, but not when I'm cooking for a crowd.
Dec 27, 2019
The Best Way to Thaw Puff PastrySkills
If puff pastry isn't working for you, it may not be properly thawed.
Dec 2, 2019
Want to Make a Better Quick Bread? Try Using Muffin BatterSkills
Goodbye banana bread, hello sour cherry chocolate chunk bread!
Sep 23, 2019
5 Ways to Make Dinner with Pizza DoughSkills
A ball of store-bought pizza dough can help you make dinner. On busy weeknights, its versatility and convenience just can’t be beat. And while you can obviously make great pizza from pizza dough, the truth is that you can make a whole lot of great things beyond pizza from the dough. Here are five ingenious ways to turn a one-pound ball of pizza dough into dinner. A sandwich is one of the easiest dinners around.
Jul 24, 2019
A Simple (Yet Ingenious) Trick for the Best-Ever Zucchini BreadSkills
This smart tip totally surprised me — and it 100% works.
Jul 4, 2019
The Secret to the Best, Fluffiest Gluten-Free Muffins Is Already in Your KitchenSkills
This trick is a total game-changer.
Jun 7, 2019
Food Science: Why Bagels are BoiledSkills
We grew up on bagels, and taking a bite of that warm, ultra-chewy bread is still one of our favorite food experiences. Ask any good bagel baker and they’ll tell you that the key to that chewy crust and slightly dense interior is boiling the bagels before baking. The question is, why?It feels very counter-intuitive to most of us to throw bread in boiling water. The point of most bread baking, after all, is to let water evaporate and dry out the interior to a certain extent.
May 2, 2019
Quick Tip: Buy Baguettes to FreezeSkills
Lately, we’ve been getting in the habit of buying an extra baguette or two when we’re at the store just to throw in the freezer for later. It’s extremely handy to have bread ready to thaw and use when we need it – baguettes in particular! Here’s why:Because they’re so skinny, baguettes thaw very quickly – which is a definite bonus when it’s dinner time and we realize that we just ran out of bread!
May 2, 2019
Five Things to do with Leftover BagelsSkills
Bagels with cream cheese are a weekend treat for us, and if we’re feeling particularly generous toward ourselves, we buy a baker’s dozen for munching all weekend long. This inevitably leads to a few slightly stale bagels left in the bottom of the bag come Monday morning. But not like that’s a bad thing! What do you do with leftover bagels during the week?Here are a few ideas for using up those few remaining bagels:1.
May 2, 2019
No-Knead Bread Hack: How to Shape a BaguetteSkills
From the very beginning, one of the things that we’ve loved about the no-knead bread is how versatile it is. We can make it into a gorgeous and crusty round-loaf, a sandwich loaf, and yes, even a baguette. Here’s how we do it.Since the no-knead bread is so loose and sticky, we find that it’s much easier to work with it if we can refrigerate the dough for at least an hour beforehand. We often make the dough one day, refrigerate it overnight, and then make our loaves the next.
May 2, 2019
How to Shape a Loaf of Bread: 15 Bread-Making TutorialsSkills
We were so happy to see all the requests for bread-making tutorials during How To Month! Making bread, and all its delicious variations, is a favorite weekly ritual at our house and we love it when other people get the bug. Here are our top bread-making tutorials (so far!) rounded up in one place, all for you.We have all your bread-making bases covered here. There are tutorials on making a few different kinds of bread, from the popular no-knead bread to a more traditional artisan boule.
May 2, 2019
Making Cupcakes or Muffins with Mason Jar Rings: Does It Really Work?Skills
The Internet is rife with ideas for using Mason jars, but I rarely encounter new ways to repurpose the metal rings or bands. So I was instantly intrigued by a photo that has been making the rounds on Facebook and Pinterest, involving the use of Mason jar rings to make muffins or cupcakes. Would this really work? First I traced the photo back to the blog Lessons Line Upon Line, where this trick was used to make banana muffins — and then I had to try it for myself.
May 2, 2019
How To Make Muffin Liners Out of Parchment PaperSkills
Forget worrying about keeping paper muffin cups stocked.
May 1, 2019
Baking School Day 12: Basic Yeast BreadsSkills
The Kitchn’s Baking School Day 12: All about basic yeast breads. Join The Kitchn’s Baking School: Sign up and see all The Kitchn’s Baking School assignments A loaf of homemade bread is a beautiful thing. Soft, springy, and fresh — it’s perfect for slathering with some nut butter or turning into amazing sandwiches. Bread baking is a craft for sure, but something you certainly can (and should try to) do at home.
May 1, 2019
Instantly Upgrade Basic Muffin Mix with Toasted Coconut ChipsSkills
If you’re the cook who jumps at the chance to add any and all things coconut to a recipe, this is how to bring it to your next batch of muffins. We’re starting with our basic muffin recipe and giving it a boost of rich, tropical flavor and a bit of crunch from a handful of toasted coconut chips. Swirl these toasted chips through the batter for extra texture in every bite, and don’t be shy when topping the muffins with extra. You can never have too much coconut!
May 1, 2019
Alton Brown’s One-Ingredient Trick for Great Banana BreadSkills
For a generation of cooks who grew up listening to the gospel of Good Eats, Alton Brown’s tricks and tips that bring scientific thinking to the kitchen are like gold. His examination and improvement of staple dishes help everyone think about just how we can improve every dish. And we found out that on his website, he takes banana bread to task, improving the classic quick bread with one simple trick.
Apr 8, 2019
Important Debate: If Baguettes Could Move, How Would They Move?Skills
The beauty of Twitter is that anyone can ask the kind of question that really makes you think — and sometimes they even come beautifully illustrated with an animated video. Such was the case this week when user Dave posited, “If baguettes could move, how would they move?” and requested to hear reasoning.
Feb 10, 2019
How I Packed My Sourdough Starter for a Move Across 5 StatesSkills
I’ve been nursing a sourdough starter for well over a year now, ever since a friend gifted me a portion of hers. If you must know, his name is Mr. Funny Pants and he’s the closest thing I’ve had to a pet since my hamster died when I was 9. So I care for him quite a bit. So when my husband and I began to plan our move from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr.
Jun 20, 2018
5 Food Companies Who Took the Royal Wedding Thing Too FarSkills
So you might’ve heard that there’s a wedding this weekend. Despite the fact that America legit fought a war to escape the British monarchy, seemingly every television channel that isn’t SyFy is breathlessly counting the minutes until Prince Charles walks Meghan Markle down the aisle and straight into the Royal Family.
May 18, 2018
Debunking the 10 Myths of SourdoughSkills
When it comes to sourdough starter and baking sourdough bread, misconceptions and mistakes abound. We’re here to clear up some of the long-standing myths surrounding sourdough. Are any of these myths lodged in your brain? Time for debunking. Throw some flour and water in a bucket, and voila! A few days later you’ll have a bubbling, tangy-smelling sourdough starter all ready to use in bread. Not in my kitchen.
Nov 16, 2017
Modernist Bread on 5 Things You Didn’t Know About YeastSkills
Baking is applied microbiology. That may seem like an odd way to look at it, but it is only a modest exaggeration. All yeast breads and sourdoughs owe their shapes and textures to the actions of microbes, living creatures that are microscopic in size and typically consist of just a single cell. Despite its size, yeast is a powerhouse of an ingredient.
Nov 15, 2017
Yes, It Is Possible to Freeze Your Sourdough StarterSkills
One of the most important discoveries we made while developing and refining the recipes in Modernist Bread is that yeast is among the most resilient life-forms we’ve ever encountered (and we encounter many in our lab, which we share with a bunch of biologists). As it turns out, freezing temperatures do not kill all the yeast and lactic acid bacteria in a preferment or starter. Some die, but most remain dormant while frozen.
Nov 14, 2017
What’s the Difference Between Levain and Starter?Skills
Starter. Sourdough starter. Levain. Starter sponge. Mother sponge. Biga. Chef. Poolish. You’ll hear many names for the stuff that makes your bread rise tossed about in recipes. What do they mean? And what exactly is the difference between them all? All of these names refer to types of preferments, a mixture of flour, water, and leavening agent (like yeast), combined in advance of making a bread dough. In the preferment, the water hydrates the flour, and fermentation reactions begin.
Oct 4, 2017
10 Tips for Mastering Summer RollsSkills
Summer rolls are as fun to eat as they are to make, and can be filled with your heart’s desire. Less heavy than traditional sandwiches but more substantial than salads, we’ve dubbed them the sandwich for salad-lovers. Summer rolls actually taste better with more vegetables and they are way easier to eat on the go (say, at a picnic or party) than even the best salads. Here’s our guide to making the most of summer rolls now.
Jul 21, 2017
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Baking SconesSkills
When scones are at their best, they can be life-changing. Anything that delicate, buttery, and oh-so-flaky can make a transcendent moment out of the five minutes it takes for you to eat it. I know people who won’t touch scones, though, because all they’ve ever had were the dense, puck-like ones that are all too often found in cafes and coffee shops. Our recipe for buttery, tender scones is truly a revelation and will make a believer out of the most skeptical.
Mar 15, 2017
7 Things to Do with Leftover BiscuitsSkills
You may want to consider doubling your next batch of biscuits.
Feb 22, 2017
Danger! This Is How You Should Cut Your Morning Bagel.Skills
A few years ago I learned a disturbing fact about bagels: In 2008, 1,979 people went to the emergency room due to a BRI (bagel-related injury), according to the Wall Street Journal. Apparently chicken-related injuries were more common (with 3,463 visits), but this stat still really messed with my head. All those people had their mornings ruined because they lost the battle against their everything bagel. Maybe make everything bagel bread instead?
Jan 11, 2017
What Do Jelly Doughnuts Have to Do with Hanukkah?Skills
Latkes get all the attention this time of year — as they should, latkes are awesome — but another Hanukkah treat has been gaining in popularity stateside in recent years. Put your hands together for the jelly doughnut. What the two have in common symbolically is also the ingredient that makes both so delicious: oil.
Dec 21, 2016
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Frying DoughnutsSkills
Whether it’s the hot oil or the cleanup, there’s certainly some work involved with frying at home, but if the freshest yeasted doughnuts are what you’re after, then making them at home — even if you only do it once a year — is worth the effort. To make frying doughnuts an experience you want to repeat, there are a few key mistakes to avoid. Here’s what you need to steer clear of for success.
Dec 19, 2016
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Gingerbread CookiesSkills
It’s hard to beat the smell of gingerbread cookies wafting through the air as they bake. In fact, it’s arguably a solid reason to bake them in the first place (although it definitely doesn’t hurt if they taste great, too). Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies have just the right balance of sweet and spice. Here are a few tricks of the trade to make the best gingerbread cookies yet — and the mistakes that can lead to subpar results.
Dec 5, 2016