Cooking Methods In Skills
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What’s the Difference Between Medium, Large, Extra-Large, and Jumbo Eggs?Skills
Have you ever reached for the eggs while baking only to realize that the recipe calls for large eggs, and you only have extra-large? Or have you ever eyed the medium eggs at the grocery store and wondered how different they really are from jumbo? Eggs come in different sizes and they differ quite a bit in both weight and volume. When a recipe calls for an egg, substituting them with one size smaller or bigger is not a major problem.
Aug 18, 2022
Baking with Coconut Oil: What You Should KnowSkills
Are you baking with coconut oil yet?
Aug 13, 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
This Humble Pantry Staple Is the Secret to the Crispiest Grilled Chicken WingsSkills
This tiny step will make your wings so much better.
Aug 11, 2022
What Is Kombu & How Do You Use It?Skills
A member of the kelp family, kombu is a seaweed that makes for a versatile pantry ingredient, providing dishes with umami flavor, nutrients, and minerals. While most kombu comes from Hokkaidō, Japan, it is also cultivated in Korea, where it is known as dashima, and China, where it is known as haidai. (Maine kelp is similar and can be substituted for kombu.) Dried kombu can be used to make Japanese dashi (a savory broth), added to beans to make them more digestible, and eaten in salads.
Aug 9, 2022
Gelatin Sheets vs Powdered vs Leaf: What’s the Difference?Skills
A reader recently asked about substituting gelatin leaf (called for in one of the recipes) with powdered gelatin, and the thing is, none of us really knew for sure! Hear our thoughts below – care to weigh in?First off, all three of these products are derived from the same source – animal collagen. When heated slowly, collagen in the skin, bones, and connective tissue of an animal breaks down into gelatin, which can then be used to set liquids into jellies.
Aug 5, 2022
Need a Butter Substitute for Baking? Here Are 3 Easy SwapsSkills
Oils, applesauce, and yogurt will all work in a pinch.
Aug 5, 2022
The Most Common Types of Molasses and How to Use ThemSkills
When it’s time for fall and winter baking, dark, sticky molasses gets pulled out from the back of my cabinet. There’s no replacement for the sweet, almost smoky flavors it adds to cookies and cakes, like chewy molasses cookies and dark molasses gingerbread cake, plus it plays oh-so-nicely with winter spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Molasses comes in different forms and each has its taste, use, and way of making it.
Aug 5, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid with Puff PastrySkills
Avoid these missteps and you'll be on the path to puff pastry perfection.
Aug 4, 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
What’s the Difference Between White, Yellow, and Red Miso?Skills
More and more of us are discovering what a fantastic ingredient concentrated miso paste can be in our daily cooking – and not just for soup! Happily, many major stores have caught on and are starting to carry a variety of traditional misos to choose from. There are different types of misos and each is made from soybeans that have been fermented with either rice, barley or other grains. The real question is: how to choose?
Aug 3, 2022
We Tested 5 Ways of Grilling Salmon and Found a New Go-to MethodSkills
It's super-easy and the fish doesn't stick to the grill.
Aug 3, 2022
10 Baking Rules Everyone Should Know, According to a Pastry Chef and Cooking TeacherSkills
Take your baked goods to the next level.
Jul 14, 2022
What Is Star Anise and How Do You Use It?Skills
Star anise just may be the most unique and fun-looking spice in the pantry. But it's more than just good looks.
Jul 11, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Condensed and Evaporated Milk?Skills
Until recently I was constantly confusing evaporated and condensed milk — especially at the grocery store when trying to remember which one a recipe called for. It didn’t help that the cans look nearly identical. The differences are small, but they can have a big impact on your finished dish. The main differences between evaporated milk and condensed milk are sweetness and consistency.
Jul 11, 2022
How To Test If Baking Soda or Baking Powder Is ExpiredSkills
Baking soda and baking powder are both essential pantry staples for bakers. They have long shelf lives, but can they go bad? The answer is yes. Both baking soda and baking powder will eventually expire. You’ll know when they won’t give your baked goods the lift that they deserve. You might ask yourself, “How can I tell if it’s still active before I ruin my next batch of muffins?” To find out if your baking soda or powder is still effective, follow the steps below.
Jul 8, 2022
Turning Your Gas Grill into a Smoker Is Way Easier than You ThinkSkills
And you probably already have everything you need.
Jul 5, 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 29, 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
8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Use to Make a Pie CrustSkills
Pretzel pie crust? Yes, please!
Jun 9, 2022
This Easy Tip Promises to Keep Your Burgers Juicy on the GrillSkills
Not everyone's a pro at grilling, but this tip will make you look like one.
Jun 7, 2022
This Ingenious Use for Your Whisk Just Made Baking So Much EasierSkills
How did I not know this?!
Jun 1, 2022
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.
May 31, 2022
We Tried 8 Ways of Making Caramel Sauce and the Winner Is Absolutely FoolproofSkills
Add one simple ingredient for guaranteed success.
May 26, 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.
May 18, 2022
This Clever Baking Video Answers the Butter Versus Oil Question Once and for AllSkills
So THAT’S why we’re supposed to use room-temperature butter in our cakes!
May 16, 2022
Munch & Mingle: Grill Food You Can Eat with Your FingersSkills
We’ve talked about melamine plates and other alternatives for paper plates, but what about no plates at all? Especially at a barbecue, when it’s okay to drop things on the ground, finger food is very welcome. But we’re not talking tea sandwiches. These finger foods are hot off the grill.Speaking of… let’s not go grabbing things right off the grates. Let these things cool a few minutes before you offer them to your guests.
May 13, 2022
Helpful Tip: Bake Up Some Sweet Potatoes!Skills
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a quick but filling and nutritious meal on a busy day. One thing I’ve learned to do is to tuck a few sweet potatoes into the oven whenever I’m baking something. That way, I have a head start on a delicious, nutritious meal, ready to go whenever I’m hungry but pressed for time. Read on for several suggestions for how to use a baked sweet potato.
May 12, 2022
Our Readers’ 5 Best Tips for Learning How to Cook MeatSkills
One question we hear again and again is: Can you help me learn to cook meat properly? Our readers have tackled this question several times and they always have plenty of helpful advice for learning how to safely handle meat and mastering a few beginner-friendly cooking techniques. Whether you are an ex-vegetarian, a current vegetarian cooking for an omnivorous loved one, or a brand-new cook, these five tips will help you get over any fears and start cooking meat with confidence.
May 12, 2022
Pickling Primer: How To Get Started!Skills
Pickling involves little more than marinating vegetables over time. How much time depends on the method. And for new picklers, the best way to try it out is through refrigerator pickling. You don’t need a garden’s worth of vegetables or canning equipment – just pick a vegetable (or several), add spices and brine, and into the fridge it goes. Best eaten within a week or two, this method is your answer for quick and fresh pickled fare. 1.
May 12, 2022
What Desserts Can I Make On the Stove? Good QuestionsSkills
Q: I’m an exchange student living in Shanghai for the semester. My kitchen is pretty limited. I have two burners and a fridge/freezer, a frying pan and a cheap pot. And since I only have two months left, I’m not exactly interested in buying any more kitchen appliances or pans.The pasta, stir-frys and egg dishes I’ve been making have kept me pretty content with savory food, but I’m at a loss for dessert.
May 11, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Buying and Cooking with ApplesSkills
What’s not to love about apples? They’re colorful and sturdy enough to carry around all day. They’re a healthy snack, and delicious raw, baked, or even cooked into sauce. We’ve gathered together our best tips on shopping, storing, and cooking the popular fruit that always graces our fruit basket! With so many varieties of apples out there, knowing what you want to do with the apples will help you pick the right variety.
May 4, 2022
Ina Garten's Parchment Paper Hack Makes Decorating Cakes So Much EasierSkills
It's a simple trick, but it's a "game-changer."
May 1, 2022
Making Mini-Cakes Just Got Easier with This Ingenious HackSkills
The tutorial even gives you a little motivation, too.
Apr 26, 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
Different Types of Paprika, ExplainedSkills
There's a lot to know about paprika and all of its varieties.
Apr 4, 2022
This Hack Shows You How to Get Perfect Mini Pie CrustsSkills
And it uses an unexpected item you most likely have on hand!
Mar 28, 2022
Here’s How You Can Prevent Your Cupcakes from Baking Too Fast — Once and for AllSkills
And it uses one ingredient you probably already have!
Mar 25, 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
This Super-Easy Pie Hack Will Take the Hard Work Out of Dessert
Never spend hours baking a pie again.
Mar 11, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Hulled and Pearl Barley?
In the world of grains, barley is one of those that I am slowly but surely trying to cook with more. I grew up eating a lot (and I mean, a lot) of rice of all different kinds. Barley, on the other hand, is a grain that I most commonly had in soups and stews, like the classic beef and barley soup. My college food court actually served one every once in a while that I looked forward to on a daily basis!
Feb 24, 2022
How to Substitute Whole-Wheat Flours for All-Purpose Flour
Our local grocery stores carry a wide variety of flours that are great for all sorts of baking projects. Among the many types of flours available are white all-purpose, white whole-wheat, and regular whole-wheat flour. Regular whole-wheat flour is made from whole wheat grains, also known as kernels, and has a recognizable tan or beige color. White all-purpose flour (aka the kind you’re probably most used to baking with) is made from only part of the wheat grain known as the endosperm.
Feb 28, 2022
How Exactly Is Corn Syrup Different from High-Fructose Corn Syup?
It's all about how they're produced.
Feb 25, 2022
This Simple Hack Is a Brilliant Solution to Baking Without a Bundt Pan
No Bundt pan? No problem!
Feb 22, 2022
The Surprising Ingredient You Should Skip in Your Chocolate Cake
This might be the one time that butter isn't better.
Feb 11, 2022
7 Things You Should Never Cook in an Air Fryer
We tried them so you don't have to.
Jan 27, 2022
12 Cooks — Including Drew Barrymore — on Why They Love Their Air Fryer
There’s never been a better time to fall in love with this high-tech countertop appliance.
Jan 25, 2022
8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make in Your Air Fryer
Grilled cheese, baked Brie, and more surprising things you can cook in an air fryer.
Jan 10, 2022
This Brilliant Butter-Softening Hack Will Change the Way You Bake
No more melted mess in the microwave.
Dec 29, 2021
These 6 Tips Will Make Your Sugar Cookies So Much Better
Expert baker Jerrelle Guy shares her secrets.
Dec 12, 2021
Why You Should Add a Carrot to Your Latke Frying Oil
Plus, five other brilliant latke tips from the author of Sababa, Adeena Sussman.
Nov 28, 2021
How To Prep All of Your Holiday Cookies in Just 2 Hours
Power Hour Meal Prep
Every cookie you'll need to celebrate the season and to send across the country.
Nov 26, 2021
Braid Challah Like a Pro with This Step-by-Step Guide
Shannon Sharna explains how to braid challah bread in four different styles.
Nov 22, 2021
This Pie Crust Recipe Features an Unlikely Ingredient That You’ll Want to Use Every Thanksgiving
Definitely trying this for Thanksgiving!
Nov 15, 2021
Martha Stewart Just Showed Us How to Poach Multiple Eggs at Once, and I Can’t Wait to Try It
Definitely trying this for brunch this weekend!
Oct 14, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods to Keep a Bundt Cake from Sticking and the Winner Was Magic
Skills Showdown
This DIY solution gives you a beautiful Bundt every time!
Oct 7, 2021
Try This Simple Trick to Stop Berries from Bursting on the Bottom of Your Muffins
It works with chocolate chips, too.
Sep 30, 2021
These Old-School Ice Cream Sandwiches Are Exactly What We Want This Summer
They're the ultimate nostalgic treat.
Aug 14, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods for Grilling Chicken and Found a New Favorite
Skills Showdown
The winner gives you tender, juicy perfection every time.
Aug 12, 2021
A Simple Trick for Making Picture-Perfect Loaf Cakes and Quick Breads
Get that professional-looking split top.
Aug 10, 2021