23 Delicious Ways to Use PestoSkills
Fresh basil pesto is a delightful summer treat. While we love it tossed with fresh pasta, of course, we’ve also found that this fresh and flavorful sauce can be a versatile ingredient in all sorts of other dishes!While you can buy tasty pesto at the store, it’s one of the easiest sauces to make at home, especially in the summertime when basil is plentiful and cheap. You can add a bit of heavy cream for a creamy pesto sauce or go dairy-free for a vegan pesto.
6 Condiments You Can Leave Out (Ketchup, Mustard & More)Skills
Save yourself some shelf space.
All the Different Types of Paprika — Plus How to Use ThemSkills
They each have their own distinct flavor.
What is Tajín? (And How Do You Use It?)Skills
It’s great on almost everything.
Tamari vs. Soy Sauce: What's the Difference?Skills
It's not just wheat.
This Is the Only Way to Caramelize OnionsSkills
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
My Grandma's Unexpectedly Delicious Meatball Trick I've Been Doing for 15 YearsSkills
I guarantee it’s already in your spice cabinet.
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).
Is it Ketchup or Catsup?Skills
A brief history of America’s favorite condiment.
Feb 24, 2024
What Is Cookie Butter Exactly?Skills
Here’s how it gets that iconic flavor!
Sep 22, 2023
5 Ways to Thicken Homemade JamSkills
Yes, you can save that runny jam.
Sep 5, 2023
25 Spice Mixes From Around the WorldSkills
From ras el hanout to herbes de provence, herb and spice mixes are essential to many cuisines around the world. Bringing these blends into your own kitchen can lend authenticity to international dishes and provide creative inspiration for your everyday cooking. Ready for this trip across the globe? No passport required! Berbere Berbere – A heady combination of spicy, bitter, and sweet spices used in Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
Jul 25, 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
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
5 Unexpected Ways to Use Curry PasteSkills
I’ve been adding curry paste to an assortment of old standby dishes to give them a bit of kick. If you have half a can of curry paste lying about here are a few unexpected ways to put it to good use!I’ve written about my favorite curry paste in the past and it should be noted that I am a huge fan of green over red curry pastes. That’s simply a matter of taste, but I have found that I have better luck controlling the heat without many surprises.
May 3, 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
6 Reasons Celery Leaves Deserve Far More AttentionSkills
Celery leaves — known primarily as a throwaway top to an already underappreciated vegetable — are so often discarded. It’s a real shame. Celery leaves are actually a bonus to their stalks and completely virtuous on their own. Here’s everything you need to know about prepping them and turning them into a vibrant pesto. Celery leaves are delicious, nutritious, and packed with intense celery flavor.
Dec 14, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Pickling and Fermenting?Skills
Pickling and fermenting are two methods for naturally preserving foods, and both produce some delicious, tangy results. Do you know what sets them apart? While both pickling and fermenting produce different results, there are some areas of overlap that can easily spark some confusion.
Dec 8, 2022
7 Tips to Make Sure Your Jam Sets UpSkills
I am an equal opportunity fruit jam eater. I am just as happy with the loose, sloshy batches as I am the ones that have a firmer consistency. I love to use the runny varieties to flavor plain yogurt or as a sweetener for green smoothies. The slightly overset batches are perfect for serving with cheese plates or as the filling in a thumbprint cookie.
Dec 6, 2022
5 Nut-Free Alternatives to Peanut ButterSkills
Nut-free? These tasty alternatives will make you forget all about peanut butter.
Dec 6, 2022
Tiny Pickled Flavor Bombs: CapersSkills
These tangy little buds are a pantry staple when it comes to jazzing up a weeknight pasta or adding the perfect finishing touch to a plate of cured salmon. Just a spoonful of capers can make a whole dish sing. Do you ever cook with them?Capers are actually the immature flower buds of the caper bush, a shrub-like plant that hails from the Mediterranean region. The buds are picked just before they reach ripeness and pickled either in a salt brine or in vinegar.
Dec 4, 2022
Why Dried Shiitake Mushrooms Should Be in Your PantrySkills
Flavorful shiitake mushrooms are such a foundation of Asian cooking. They have an intense flavor that always reminds me of my Chinese grandmother’s cooking, where she used shiitake mushrooms in soups, braises, and steamed dishes. My grandmother always had a big glass jar of dried shiitake mushrooms in her pantry, and I’ve picked up this habit too!
Dec 4, 2022
Technique: How to Use Tamarind PulpSkills
Pad thai and many other Southeast Asian dishesThese blocks of tamarind pulp are the tamarind fruit pods stripped of the outer husk and compressed tightly together. Sometimes the seeds are removed, but we usually find a few errant seeds even in packages marked “seedless.” The pulp itself is very fibrous, so we need to soften it and push it through a fine-meshed strainer to separate the edible pulp from the strands of fiber.First cut off the portion you need.
Oct 4, 2022
5 Smart Ways to Use Up a Bottle of Opened Clam JuiceSkills
Do you have a bottle of clam juice in your pantry? Maybe the bottle you have is lurking in the back of the fridge after you used it in that one recipe that called for one tablespoon. Let’s be honest — this isn’t an ingredient making it into your everyday cooking. Well, not until now. Clam juice can also be used in cocktails, pastas, stir-fries, and deglazing your pan. Here are five ways to use clam juice so that bottle doesn’t get lost in the dark depths of your fridge.
Oct 2, 2022
What Is Harissa?Skills
Maybe you’ve heard of harissa, but have you ever tried it? If you love condiments and adding a kick of spice to your meals, you’ll want to check this out! Harissa is a spicy and aromatic chile paste that’s a widely used staple in North African and Middle Eastern cooking. Harissa recipes vary between countries and regions, but a standard version includes a blend of hot chile peppers (which are often smoked), garlic, olive oil and spices, like cumin, coriander, caraway and mint.
Sep 29, 2022
Cooking While Traveling? Pack a Portable Spice Kit!Skills
As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to enjoy renting a house or apartment when I travel. It makes my trip feel more personal and comfortable than staying in a hotel, and above all I really love having the option to cook at least some of my meals. I’ve also learned that creativity is essential when you’re cooking while traveling. Aside from basic cookware, utensils and dishes, my expectations for the kitchen in my vacation rental are pretty low.
Sep 20, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Rice Wine and Rice Vinegar?Skills
Both rice wine and rice vinegar are widely used in Asian cooking, but they’re two very distinct products. Do you know what sets them apart, and when to use each one? While both products are made from fermented rice, the difference is in the manner in which each one is produced, as well as how they’re used. These two can easily be confused, since rice vinegar is sometimes also labeled as rice wine vinegar (which is a vinegar, and not wine).
Sep 13, 2022
3 Easy Ways to Make a Boring Pot of Rice Taste AmazingSkills
Here are three tricks I use to give my everyday rice a little extra oomph in the flavor department.
Sep 11, 2022
5 Ways to Use Thai Curry PasteSkills
That little jar of red or green Thai curry sitting in your fridge adds a powerful punch of spicy flavor to whatever it’s added to. And while it’s great for making curries, don’t be afraid to use it in other dishes too — here are some of our favorites ways to use it. The beauty of soups that use Thai curry paste is that you usually don’t have to simmer them for very long since the paste is so flavorful by itself.
Sep 7, 2022
How To Peel and Mince Fresh GingerSkills
Fresh ginger is a staple in my kitchen. It is an extremely versatile ingredient that shows up in any course, from savory to sweet, be it main, beverage, dessert, or salad. It can even be medicine — hot ginger tea with lemon, honey and brandy will cure what ails you! In short, fresh ginger is essential to my cooking. Read on for my methods for peeling and mincing fresh ginger.
Sep 6, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Stock and Broth?Skills
Do you know?
Sep 6, 2022
Here’s Why Pro-Bakers Keep 3 Types of Vanilla on Hand At All Times (And You Should Too!)Skills
There’s something that truly can’t compare to the warm, sweet scent of vanilla. Beloved in everything from ice cream to cakes, a vanilla is as much a scent as it is a powerful flavor. Even in chocolate recipes, vanilla acts as a secret ingredient that makes everything taste just a little bit better. You’ll most often see vanilla extract called for in recipes, but there’s a whole world of vanilla products to explore.
Sep 1, 2022
How Long Can You Keep Opened Condiments?Skills
I have an ongoing real estate battle in my refrigerator door between condiments and cocktail ingredients. While I can ignore boozes and bitters since they seem to last practically forever, condiments definitely have shorter shelf lives and need to be pruned occasionally. We can all read a date stamp, but an opened container is another thing. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common condiments and how long they last once they’re opened.
Aug 30, 2022
5 Ways to Use Pomegranate MolassesSkills
Pomegranate molasses has become one of my favorite ingredients, but it’s a tricky one for many people. Perhaps you, like our assistant editor Ariel, bought a bottle to make one recipe, such as muhammara, and now you’re wondering what else to do with it. Ariel has been after me for months to write down a list of more ideas for pomegranate molasses.
Aug 19, 2022
What Exactly Is the Difference Between Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip?Skills
There's a reason they taste so different.
Aug 13, 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 9, 2022
What Is Gochujang, and How Do You Cook With It?Skills
This Korean red pepper paste will add serious kick and depth of flavor to anything you stir it into.
Aug 8, 2022
How to Properly Freeze Pesto So You Can Enjoy It LaterSkills
These are the two best ways to do it!
Jun 22, 2022
Flavor Combinations: Beans, Herbs, and SpicesSkills
With all the bean talk this month, we started thinking about which herbs and spices go well with specific varieties of beans. In general, most beans go well with herbs like parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, and thyme. You usually can’t go wrong with garlic and onions, either. Specific kinds of beans, like fava beans or mung beans, have other affinities with particular herbs and spices.This is not to say that other combinations won’t work.
May 12, 2022
Get Ready For Fall: Restock Your SpicesSkills
What are you most looking forward to cooking this autumn? Whether it’s a hearty stew, a batch of fall cookies Toss what’s stale, note what you use often and need more of, and replenish in preparation for cooking rich savory dishes, baked goods, and holiday meals (they will be here before we know it!). Although spices don’t spoil, most should be used within 6 to 12 months for maximum freshness.
May 12, 2022
What Are Your Favorite Ways to Use Chipotle Powder?Skills
Q: I just bought a bag of ground chipotle powder. I’ve never used it before but the smell was intoxicatingly delicious and I couldn’t resist buying it! I searched online for some recipes but had a tough time finding something appropriate for me (no red meat).I’m curious about some of your favorite recipes using ground chipotle powder which don’t involve red meat.Sent by LeahEditor: Leah, chipotle powder is one of my very favorite seasonings.
May 12, 2022
Canning Basics: What’s the Deal with Pectin?Skills
Canning feels like equal parts science and magic. Sure, we understand the basic facts of cooking the fruit and sealing it inside jars. But you can’t deny there’s something magical about opening that jar months later and spooning out a taste of summer. Pectin is one of the key players in this magical process. Ever wonder what it’s doing?Pectin is a gelling agent that helps to thicken and solidify the fruit juices.
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
Summer Living: Cooking With Fresh HerbsSkills
One of our favorite parts of summer is the abundance of fresh herbs–often in our own back yards!We find ourselves throwing herbs into everything we cook, relishing in their fresh green flavors. Since these herbs are so fresh, it doesn’t take a lot of persuasion to bring out their best flavor. We need to give them a little more TLC than their dried counter parts!
May 11, 2022
Organizing Your Spices: 20 Spice Storage Setups and SolutionsSkills
Many of us keep heaps of spices on hand in the kitchen, and that can create quite the storage conundrum. From wrangling dozens of little bulk-bin bags to rummaging around in the cupboard for the right jar, the whole process shouldn’t be so maddening. We love seeing how other cooks store and organize their spices because we’re always on the lookout for that “why didn’t I think of that?” tip.
May 11, 2022
Preserving Without Canning: Tips and Tricks for Summer ProduceSkills
We hate to say it, but summer will be over before we know it. Now is the time to preserve some of the season’s gems like tomatoes, peaches, corn, and peppers. Preserving isn’t just about canning, though. Here are some tips for freezing, pickling, making sauces, and more.Berries: Berries may be frozen, of course, but our favorite way to preserve their flavor is in a shrub syrup, which you can use in sodas, cocktails, and salad dressings. Vinegar is also a great option for berries.
May 11, 2022
Beyond Cayenne: 6 Ways to Add Spicy Heat to Any DishSkills
I love cayenne, don’t get me wrong. It adds a fantastic heat to any dish from scrambled eggs to curry. It’s just that sometimes I get a little bored of seeing “cayenne, optional” listed in recipes and need a reminder that there are other spices and seasonings out there that can give these dishes some serious kick.I’ll bet most of these seasonings are living in your fridge or cupboard right now, just waiting for to jump in and save the day.
May 11, 2022
A, A & A: What’s the Difference Between the New Maple Syrup Grades?Skills
As a kid, pancakes weren’t pancakes without the good stuff. And by the good stuff, I mean real maple syrup — not that artificially flavored, corn syrup-laden imposter. We’d pick up a big jug in the spring and it would last us through the year, for special weekend breakfasts and early morning oatmeal. Now, as an adult, my pantry isn’t fully stocked unless there’s a bottle of maple syrup in it. But lately I’ve discovered that just one bottle won’t cut it.
May 4, 2022
Ham Hocks Are Your Flavor-Boosting Secret WeaponSkills
Use them to add tons of flavor to soups, stews, collards, and more.
Apr 13, 2022
The One-Ingredient Secret to Better Burgers Is Already in Your Fridge
I Tried It
The technique is inspired by In-N-Out.
Jul 4, 2021
Cooking By Feel: Does It Matter if You Use Red or White Wine for Cooking?Skills
Some recipes get pretty specific about the kind of wine they want you to use: an oaky chardonnay in this reduction sauce, a hearty Italian red for that braise. But does it really matter?We say, go for it. Switch it up! Experiment with flavors! Try something new! All wines will chemically behave in the same way, so there’s no danger that a recipe won’t work if you use a white instead of a red or vice versa.
Dec 31, 2020
8 Small Ways to Make Roasted Vegetables Taste Even BetterSkills
Tiny upgrades, big results.
Nov 10, 2020
The One Step in the Cooking Process You Do Not Want to Skip
Kitchn Cooking School
The purpose of adding salt isn't to make food tasty salty — it's to enhance the flavors of the ingredients.
Oct 8, 2020
I'm Obsessed with This 2-Ingredient Topping That Makes Everything Feel FancySkills
It's the instant jolt of color and flavor I'd been searching for since March.
Oct 6, 2020
Tip: Save Time by Chopping Garlic and Saving it in OilSkills
There are some tasks in the kitchen I don’t enjoy: grating cheese, shucking corn, and peeling and chopping garlic among them. The kids can take over some of those tasks, and they should, because — just like my mother told me, over and over — while they live in my house, they have to live by my rules. She also observed that when I had my own house, I could make my own rules. She was right. This totally came true! I make rules all the time! Even though they get broken.
Sep 30, 2020
8 Ingredients to Add Smoky Flavor Without a GrillSkills
Use them together or individually for that smoky, from-the-grill flavor!
Aug 24, 2020
Hot Honey Is the $10 Pantry Splurge I Never Knew I Needed
Taste Makers
It elevates even the most everyday meal.
Aug 25, 2020
Dijonnaise Is the 2-Ingredient Condiment That Makes Everything I Eat Taste FancySkills
Magic happens when two humble condiments join forces.
Aug 3, 2020
Yes, Your Spice Cabinet Needs Pickling SpiceSkills
If you've ever looked at a recipe for pickles or chutneys, you may have encountered an ingredient simply called "pickling spice."
Jun 20, 2020
5 Delicious Ways to Use Up Overripe StrawberriesSkills
Strawberry butter, anyone?
Jun 17, 2020
The Best Ingredient You’re Not Putting in Your PestoSkills
You're one ingredient away from the umami-packed pesto of your dreams.
May 31, 2020
Why a Jar of Roasted Red Peppers Should Be in Everyone’s Pantry
Taste Makers
The truly transformative pantry staple beats the pants off your dry beans.
May 13, 2020
7 Ways to Eat & Drink TurmericSkills
Turmeric has long been a staple in Indian curries as well as in foods like mustard, but there are lots of other ways to eat and drink this spice.
May 1, 2020
To Give Hot Chocolate a Major Upgrade, Try Adding MisoSkills
Yep, the stuff you put in soup. But hear us out: It's *really* good!
Dec 7, 2019
5 Ways to Use Spent Vanilla BeansSkills
Cooking with real vanilla beans is a beautiful thing; I love the flecks of vanilla flavor and scraping the concentrated vanilla seeds out of the fragrant beans. But after paying up for the real things, the last thing I want to do is throw away the scraped-out pod. Good news — there are plenty of uses for these spent beans, which still contain tons of great vanilla flavor. Vanilla sugar – Stash spent vanilla beans in a canister of sugar to give it a subtle vanilla flavor.
Sep 12, 2019
Paired! Humboldt Fog Cheese with Ficoco SpreadSkills
Have you ever heard of Ficoco? No? Well, let us introduce you then. Ficoco is a rich, dark spread made in Croatia out of figs and cocoa. It’s lightly sweet, but full of flavor, and it is superb when paired with cheese. Here’s our latest favorite pairing: Humboldt Blue Fog.
Sep 11, 2019