All the Different Types of Paprika — Plus How to Use ThemSkills
They each have their own distinct flavor.
This Is the Only Way to Caramelize OnionsSkills
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
More Than A Fancy Cooking Technique, Deglazing Brings the Flavor
Tips From The Kitchn
This fancy sounding technique isn't as hard as you might think and once you master it, you can build lots of flavor.
Wait, Can You Microwave Paper Plates?Skills
Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Pickling Salt? (And Do You Really Need to Use It?)Skills
Salt is one of the key ingredients in the pickling process, but does it matter which salt you use? Can you just use the salt that’s already in your pantry? Some recipes call for something called “pickling salt” — what makes pickling salt special? Here’s what you need to know. Pickling salt — sometimes called canning salt or preserving salt — is pure granulated salt (sodium chloride).
Can You Really Put Aluminum Foil in an Air Fryer?Skills
Air fryers, you gotta read this.
Can You Really Microwave Peeps?Skills
Here’s what actually happens if you do.
5 Tips for Thickening Slow Cooker Soups, Stews, and SaucesSkills
Because it's officially slow cooker soup season!
The 3 Best Cuts of Beef for Tender Pot RoastSkills
Choosing the right cut can make or break the dish.
Feb 27, 2024
Yes, You Really Can Make Your Own Brown Sugar at Home Skills
Brown sugar is the sticky, fragrant sweetener that adds moisture and flavor to so many of our favorite baked goods, from chocolate chip cookies to banana bread. But if you find yourself staring into an empty box, don’t fret — you’ve likely got everything you need to make brown sugar from scratch. So whether you need a cup or a pound, or light or dark, you’re just two ingredients away from it. Here’s how to make brown sugar at home.
Feb 15, 2024
How To Reheat Dinner Rolls So They're Warm and FluffySkills
You know the joy of tearing apart a dinner roll to have tufts of steam pour out of it, because it’s still warm from the oven? You can enjoy that same feeling every day until the rolls run out with three simple methods for reheating leftover dinner rolls, whether they’re store-bought or homemade. Our favorite rule for reheating leftovers applies here (reheat the food in the way it was prepared), so into the oven your rolls should go for reheating.
Dec 18, 2023
Here's How to Tell When Homemade Bread Is DoneSkills
How can you tell if something is done if you can’t take a peek inside while it’s actually cooking? When it comes to bread, there are actually a few ways to make sure your lovely loaf is perfectly baked, every time! To see if your bread is done, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the loaf. (If you go at an angle and through the side or bottom, you can minimize the visual evidence!) Most breads are finished baking at about 190°.
Dec 18, 2023
The Perfect Way to Melt Chocolate In the MicrowaveSkills
Adding a touch of melted chocolate to cookies, strawberries, pretzels, or marshmallows is an easy to way to elevate your favorite sweet (or salty) treat. While you can melt chocolate in a double boiler on the stovetop or over direct heat in a saucepan, the quickest and, in my opinion, easiest way is to melt chocolate in the microwave. If you need chocolate for dipping holiday cookies, coating truffles, or adorning berries, this is a foolproof method for melting chocolate in the microwave.
Dec 18, 2023
What Does a Gram of Sugar, Salt, or Fat Really Look Like?Skills
I always check nutrition labels when I’m at the grocery store and use them to help pick the best option among the variety of pre-packaged foods I purchase. I check sugar, salt, and fat contents, but to me all those numbers (measured in grams) are an abstract relative. What does a gram of sugar—or salt, or fat—really look like?
Dec 14, 2023
The Reason Why "Braising" Makes Food Taste So GoodSkills
Everything you need to know.
Dec 13, 2023
What's the Difference Between Roasting and Baking?Skills
Roasting and baking are both common cooking methods. Perhaps you’ve baked chicken breasts, roasted a whole chicken or a mix of root vegetables, or at the very least enjoyed a slice of baked cake. But do you know the difference between them? These terms are used interchangeably quite often. What sets them apart? Are roasting and baking actually the same thing?
Oct 16, 2023
We Tried 6 Ways of Making Flaky Pie Crust and Found an Absolute WinnerSkills
Your Thanksgiving pie will thank you.
Nov 19, 2023
How To Freeze Pumpkin PieSkills
Let me tell you the secret to holiday baking success: You can fully bake pumpkin pies right now and freeze them to enjoy later. Because of their fat content, fully baked pie crusts freeze beautifully, and the rich custard fillings of pumpkin pie and sweet potato seem as if they were designed to be frozen, too. Follow these tips to learn how to freeze a pumpkin pie—and defrost it perfectly when you’re ready to serve. Cool the pie completely.
Nov 16, 2023
The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Timeline: When to Thaw, Brine & Cook Your BirdSkills
People feel a lot of pressure when it comes to making Thanksgiving turkey. While some make it the same way year after year, others are tackling the big bird for the first time and even doing a practice run. How long does it take to defrost? How do you brine or dry-brine it? When do you put it in the oven?
Nov 14, 2023
The One Easy Step That'll Help You Crimp Pie Crust Like a Pro BakerSkills
Crimping a pie crust is like putting on a piece of statement jewelry before you leave the house. It’s strictly decorative and won’t make your pie any tastier (or will it?), but looks oh-so nice for your pie presentation.There are, in fact, a few keys to knowing how to crimp pie crust like a professional.
Nov 13, 2023
The Real Difference Between Active Dry Yeast and Instant YeastSkills
If you enjoy making bread at home, especially when they come out of the oven perfectly risen, then you know how important working with yeast is. I’ve been baking and buying yeast for years, and the yeast choices in the baking aisle still get me confused. Here’s the thing, though: There is a difference between active dry yeast and instant yeast, and which one you use does make a difference in your recipe.
Nov 10, 2023
4 Signs Your Pumpkin Pie is Ready to Come Out of the OvenSkills
Give it a nice wiggle to see if it's ready to be served.
Nov 8, 2023
What’s Actually in Your Canned Pumpkin Purée?Skills
Don't worry, it is still delicious.
Oct 20, 2023
The One Step You Should Never Skip When Baking with Canned PumpkinSkills
Don't worry — it's easy.
Oct 9, 2023
The 5 Best Apples for BakingSkills
Ready to get baking with apples this fall? Pick one of these five varieties for the best results.
Oct 4, 2023
The 5 Best Apples for BakingSkills
Ready to get baking with apples this fall? Pick one of these five varieties for the best results.
Oct 4, 2023
This Surprising Pantry Ingredient Makes King Arthur’s Pie Crust 100x BetterSkills
This may look like your average graham cracker crust, but it's so much better.
Sep 28, 2023
This Is the Best Way to Keep Apples from BrowningSkills
It's way better than lemon water!
Sep 1, 2023
Here's the Difference Between Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream, and Cream of CoconutSkills
First things first: They're not always interchangeable!
Aug 27, 2023
How to Properly Freeze Eggplant Skills
The methods are super simple!
Aug 26, 2023
How To Bake Store-Bought Frozen Puff PastrySkills
Store-bought frozen puff pastry is a lifesaver any time of year, but especially as we move into the busy holiday season. With a package or two stashed in the freezer, I know a quick baked brie for visiting guests or plate of mini-quiche appetizers for a potluck is only a few steps away — and the empty, crumb-filled plates at the end of the night speak for themselves. If you’ve never used frozen puff pastry before, let me assure you that it couldn’t be easier.
Aug 23, 2023
How To Freeze Pizza DoughSkills
So, you’ve whipped up a batch of homemade pizza dough, and you’ve made a couple of spectacularly good homemade pizzas. But your household is small, and you don’t want to eat pizza for days. What can you do with all that leftover dough? Freeze it, of course! It’s simple as 1-2-3, and then you can have pizza on the spur of the moment next week. Here’s how to freeze pizza dough.
Aug 18, 2023
The One-Ingredient Hack That Guarantees Perfect Grilled Salmon Every TimeSkills
Hint: You already have it in your pantry.
Aug 9, 2023
You Don’t Need a Dehydrator: 5 Fruits You Can Dry in the OvenSkills
If you see a lot of fruit dehydrating in your future, buying a food dehydrator makes sense. Using one is more energy-efficient than slowly baking fruit in a low oven, and the results are more consistent. But if you just want to make the occasional batch of crispy apple chips or intensely-flavored dried tomatoes, keep things simple and gadget-free: use your oven to make dried fruit!
Jul 25, 2023
Two Ways to Transfer Pie DoughSkills
With Fall being high time for pies and Thanksgiving getting closer, we thought we’d talk about pie crust. No, not about the ingredients (butter vs. shortening) or how to roll it out but rather how to get that floppy round of dough from your countertop to your baking dish. Here are two sensible options, illustrated in some great Flickr photos we found.
Jul 25, 2023
The Secret to an Uber-Spongy Cake Is … Ice WaterSkills
There might be some actual legit science behind why adding ice water to white cake is such a brilliant move.
Jul 14, 2023
How To Halve an Egg for BakingSkills
Halving a recipe can be a challenge for even the best bakers, and no ingredient has generated more questions on how to split in half than an egg. The problem is an egg has two distinct parts — a fat-rich yolk and a protein-rich white — and most baking recipes require a bit of both. It’s very simple; all you have to do is whisk before you can divide. Most baking recipes call for a large egg, which weighs approximately 1.75 ounces without the shell.
Jun 29, 2023
Here’s the Best Way to Clean Your Grill for Less than $1Skills
The secret is probably already in your pantry.
Jun 19, 2023
How To Use a Vanilla BeanSkills
Vanilla beans are magical. Not only do they look like fairy wands and have an aroma that always brings me to a standstill, but these beans have the ability to transform scoops of ice cream into childhood memories and dishes of crème brûlée into marriage proposals. Using them is easy; wait to scrape the seeds out of the vanilla pod until you’re ready to use them. They are definitely not to be squandered or taken for granted.
Jun 4, 2023
Heavy Cream, Whipping Cream, Half & Half, and Light Cream: What’s the Difference?Skills
There's a daunting number of cardboard pints and quarts of different cream varieties at the grocery store. Which is which?
May 15, 2023
3 Ways to Soften Butter Quickly and EasilySkills
Forgot to plan ahead? No problem.
May 4, 2023
Tip: Press Vintage Glassware onto Your Sugar CookiesSkills
So, you don’t own a cookie moldWell, unless you consider vintage glassware special equipment.The thing is, you can do this trick with a lot of everyday kitchenware. While vintage glasses are more likely to have pretty little patterns cut into the bottom, some new ones do, too. Country Living, where we read this tip, mentions that you can also use silverware or Jell-O molds to press a design into your cut-out dough before baking.
May 3, 2023
This TikTok Trick for Frying Eggs Is an Easy Way to Upgrade Your BreakfastSkills
You’re just 6 minutes away from egg perfection.
Apr 21, 2023
What’s the Difference Between White and Green Asparagus?Skills
Long, tender green spears of asparagus are a spring favorite. We wait all winter for the first glimpse of them at the farmers market, but its pale sibling, white asparagus, doesn’t get quite the same fanfare — at least not in North America. In Europe, its appearance is perhaps even more celebrated. Beyond the obvious difference in color, what exactly is the difference between white and green asparagus?
Apr 16, 2023
Frosting Cakes Is Easier with This $2 Household StapleSkills
Don’t have a cake scraper? Use this unexpected kitchen item to help get those sides super smooth.
Feb 15, 2023
The Foolproof Hack for Perfectly Even Crumb Crusts Skills
The secret to perfectly even graham cracker crusts? Check your kitchen cabinets.
Feb 15, 2023
This Viral Brownie Mix Hack Uses One Ingredient You Most Likely Already Have at HomeSkills
The result? Rich and chocolatey brownies made just for you.
Feb 14, 2023
How to Toast Shredded Coconut (3 Different Techniques)Skills
You can toast coconut on the stovetop, in the oven, and even in the microwave!
Feb 10, 2023
What Is Seized Chocolate and How Do You Fix It?Skills
This is how you can fix it and prevent it in the future!
Feb 4, 2023
You Can (and Should) Eat Your Parmesan Rinds — Just Do This One Thing FirstSkills
Turns out a rind has so much more potential than flavoring soups and sauces.
Jan 24, 2023
How to Make and Use a Slurry to Thicken Soups, Stews, Gravies, and MoreSkills
It's simple to make and you can add it to so many different things!
Jan 10, 2023
We Tried 8 Methods for Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Found a Fuss-Free WinnerSkills
This is absolutely the best method for the crispiest, crunchiest, and most tender sprouts!
Jan 9, 2023
How To Brown Butter: A Simple, Foolproof MethodSkills
Grab a few sticks of butter and a small saucepan and let's upgrade our beloved butter to fragrant, nutty brown butter.
Jan 6, 2023
How to Toast Nuts in Your Air FryerSkills
We're going to make this super easy for you!
Dec 23, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Bleached and Unbleached Flour?Skills
The flour you choose affects your ultimate outcome. Learn how bleached versus unbleached flour makes a difference in baked goods like cookies, cakes, breads, and more.
Dec 7, 2022
The Best Oils for Frying Your Favorite FoodsSkills
Whether you're deep-frying or pan-frying, these are the best oils to use for crispy, golden perfection.
Dec 16, 2022
This Is the Best Way to Crack an EggSkills
Spoiler alert: It's not on the lip of a bowl.
Dec 15, 2022
What Is Smoke Point and Why Should You Care?Skills
Keep your cooking oils and fats from burning with this handy guide, including a chart of the different smoke points of various cooking oils and fats.
Dec 15, 2022
We Tried 8 Different Methods for Making Latkes and Found Crispy-Outside, Fluffy-Inside PerfectionSkills
This method simply yielded the best of everything: a perfectly crispy exterior with a fluffy interior.
Dec 14, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making BurgersSkills
Avoid these common mistakes for better burgers every time
Dec 13, 2022
What’s the Difference Between White, Yellow, and Vanilla Cake?Skills
When you go to bake a chocolate cake, it’s pretty easy to find what you’re looking for, right? Sure, there are some that are flourless and fudgy, and others that are tender and fluffy, but they’re all labeled “chocolate.” The opposite end of the spectrum isn’t so simple. There’s a whole lot of terminology to describe what seems to be the same thing. But are white, yellow, and vanilla cake actually the same across the board? Not quite.
Dec 10, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making BrowniesSkills
If there’s one dessert I cannot resist, it’s a rich and fudgy chocolate brownie recipe. It’s hard not to love these timeless sweets. And while easy to make, there are a few tips that will ensure a stand-out batch every time. So before you get ready to bake your next batch, be sure you’re not making any of these common mistakes. Brownies fall into two delicious camps: fudgy and cakey.
Dec 10, 2022
What to Do When You’re Baking and Out of EggsSkills
No, you don't have to run out to the store.
Dec 10, 2022
The Right Way to Test Brownies with a ToothpickSkills
This is a game-changing tip!
Dec 10, 2022
The Best Way to Store Homemade CookiesSkills
Here's what you need to know as we head into cookie season.
Dec 9, 2022