The Secret to Stopping Burning Hands After You Cut Hot PeppersSkills
Relief for jalapeño hands is right in your pantry.
Why You Should Think Twice Before Leaving Out Soup OvernightSkills
If you’ve ever intentionally or accidentally left a soup or stock in the pot overnight, you’ve probably wondered if it is still safe to eat after reheating. Harold McGee had the same question, especially when he heard about the food writer Michael Ruhlman’s practice of using stock from a pot left out all week. He talked to a food safety expert to find out if reboiled stock is still safe to eat when you leave it out for one night — or even several days.
3 Wrong Ways to Thaw a Turkey (Plus, How to Do It Safely)Skills
In life, we are occasionally presented with some tough choices. Choices that have a clear right and a clear wrong — but those options can start to get a little fuzzy if you look at them for too long. Yes, under certain circumstances, with a certain amount of stress and a certain amount of not-very-logical thinking, that wrong choice can start to look very (very) right. For instance, your turkey is frozen solid.
4 Mistakes to Avoid When Leaving Out Butter on the CounterSkills
Whether it’s OK to leave butter out at room temperature or not is a hotly debated issue, but the truth is it’s perfectly fine to keep butter out at room temperature for up to two weeks. The concern for room-temperature butter is that it will go rancid. But that won’t happen as quickly as you might think — especially if avoid these four mistakes.
In What Months Should You Eat Fresh Oysters?Skills
There’s always been this oft-recited piece of advice about oysters: oyster season is only in months that contain the letter “R” in the name. You know, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April. Not May, June, July, August. But if this is true, how do millions of restaurants sell them year-round to people who seem just fine after eating them? If we’ve been eating oysters all summer, have we been putting our health at risk?
Here's How Long Raw Chicken Will Stay Good in the Fridge Skills
This is crucial to remember before you start to cook.
How Long Do Hard-Boiled Eggs Last in the Refrigerator? Here’s What You Should KnowSkills
They're perfect for salads, sandwiches, and more. Be sure you're not keeping them in the fridge a little too long!
Here’s How Long to Thaw Frozen ChickenSkills
There are a couple of options depending on how many hours you've got until dinner.
The Food-Lover’s Guide to Surviving Morning SicknessSkills
Before I got pregnant, I had visions of chowing down on sardines and kimchi and kale salads throughout my pregnancy. Instead, I got morning sickness.
Dec 3, 2022
Are Runny Egg Yolks Safe for Kids to Eat?Skills
Before you serve sunny-side-up eggs to the whole family this weekend, read this.
Dec 1, 2022
Can You Eat Potato Eyes?Skills
And what exactly are potato eyes, anyway?
Oct 13, 2022
Kitchen Safety: How to Put Out a Grease FireSkills
Cooking doesn’t normally present a lot of danger. You might nick your finger while chopping vegetables or manage to burn a pan of roasting potatoes, but in terms of actual danger to ourselves or our homes, not so much. Except for grease fires. Do you know what to do if your cooking oil catches fire?A grease fire happens when your cooking oil becomes too hot. When heating, oils first start to boil, then they’ll start smoking, and then they’ll catch on fire.
Sep 21, 2022
Here’s How to Tell If Your Almond Milk Is BadSkills
There are a few key signs that signal it's spoiled.
Sep 18, 2022
Is It OK to Put Warm Leftovers in the Fridge?Skills
There are a few different things to consider.
Sep 14, 2022
Why It’s Worth Getting to Know Gluten-Free, Low-Calorie Shirataki NoodlesSkills
Traditional shirataki noodles are pretty much the perfect food for those who may have food allergies or are on special diets; they're vegan, gluten-free, and keto-friendly.
Sep 12, 2022
10 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables Every DaySkills
The love of vegetables can be deceptive. Even though I adore Brussels sprouts and kale, I recently realized with a jolt of surprise that I don’t eat nearly the amount of vegetables this love affair would suggest. Something didn’t add up. To help me (and you) out, here are the top 10 tips from our readers on packing more vegetables, our dinner essentials, into real-life meals and cooking.
Sep 11, 2022
The Right Internal Temperature for Cooked LambSkills
Whether you're cooking a whole leg of lamb, a Frenched rack, or lamb chops, remember this.
Sep 10, 2022
Five Ways to Prepare TempehSkills
We’ve had good tempeh and we’ve had mediocre tempeh. At its best, the soybean cake is rich and nutty. At its worst, tempeh can be bitter or bland. We grew up eating tempeh and enjoy its earthiness, but for some, it’s an acquired taste. In preparing tempeh, there are five ways to enhance its potential for excellent texture and flavor. Here are five ways to prepare tempeh:1. Steamed. If you find tempeh to be too bitter straight out of the package, steaming it can help.
Sep 7, 2022
This Is How Long Cooked Chicken Lasts in the FridgeSkills
Here are the quick facts.
Sep 2, 2022
10 Foods That Are Higher in Protein than You ThinkSkills
You'll want to memorize these.
Aug 31, 2022
What to Eat to Recover from Food PoisoningSkills
It may be tough to get excited about food, but it's important to do this one thing.
Aug 25, 2022
Stop Defrosting Frozen Meat in the MicrowaveSkills
It might be tempting to toss your frozen meat into the microwave to speed up the thawing process, but you should really reconsider.
Aug 22, 2022
Does Butter Really Need to Be Refrigerated?Skills
We're all wondering.
Aug 19, 2022
What Are Those Brown Spots on My Cauliflower?Skills
Don't freak out — it's probably still edible.
Aug 16, 2022
How Safe Is Sous-Vide Cooking?Skills
Fear of the unknown is a common facet of human nature, and that’s definitely true when it comes to what we eat. So it’s no surprise that the popularization of sous-vide cooking has been met with a degree of suspicion. In fact, I’d be surprised if every historical food innovation hadn’t been met with similar resistance. Perhaps at some point in the hazy days of prehistory, there was an Ogg or Grok who expressed skepticism about that newfangled stuff they called fire.
Aug 15, 2022
Eight Ways to Make Steamed Vegetables Taste AmazingSkills
One of the simplest ways to prepare fresh or even frozen vegetables is to steam them over simmering water. This method is quick, light, and retains flavor and nutritional value. As long as you take care not to overcook them, steamed in-season vegetables often taste perfectly wonderful as they are.
Aug 14, 2022
If Meat Changes Color, Has It Gone Bad?Skills
What happens if you forgot your ground beef or chicken breasts in the fridge for a couple of days? Do you need to scrap your plans for burgers or chicken for dinner? Is it still safe to eat or should you throw it out?The good news is, even if there’s a color change, the meat or poultry is still perfectly fine to eat if stored properly in the refrigerator or freezer and consumed within a safe period of time (up to two days for ground meat and five days for other cuts).
Aug 11, 2022
How to Tell If a Tomato Is Bad — Plus How to Pick a Good TomatoSkills
No more mealy tomatoes.
Jul 26, 2022
How to Tell If Zucchini Is BadSkills
Plus, how to pick a good one!
Jul 21, 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
How Long Is It Safe to Keep Raw Meat and Poultry in the Refrigerator?Skills
Not all meats last the same amount of time!
Jun 24, 2022
What is Tempeh and How Do You Cook with It?Skills
Between all the buzz about fermented foods and new concerns about sustainability, it may well be time for a new generation to to meet this genuine superfood.
Jun 28, 2022
Does Butter Go Bad? Yes — Here’s How to Tell.Skills
Butter does go bad, but with proper storage you can extend its life for days, weeks, and even months.
Jun 14, 2022
The Right Internal Temperature for Cooked FishSkills
Cooking fish may seem a bit intimidating at first. What kind of fish should you buy? How do you keep it from sticking to the pan? But once you take the plunge, the rewards are delicious. Knowing when the fish is ready takes a little know-how, and we’re here to help. According to the USDA’s Safe Minimum Cooking Temperature Guide, cook fish until the center reaches 145°F on an instant-read or meat thermometer.
Jun 3, 2022
The Only Thing You Need to Know About Pork Chop TemperaturesSkills
The one magic number to rule them all.
Jun 3, 2022
When is Chicken Cooked Properly?Skills
Ever wonder when chicken is cooked all the way through? Wonder no more! Cook chicken until the juices run clear and the internal temperature is 165°F.
Jun 3, 2022
The Right Internal Temperature for Cooked BeefSkills
Whether you’re cooking a massive prime rib or a simple pan-seared steak for one, it’s helpful to know the temperature beef should reach before it’s safe to eat. To make it easy to remember, the safe internal temperature for cuts of beef, lamb, and pork is all the same! The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145°F, which is considered medium-well. Ground beef, however, should be cooked to a higher temperature of 160°F.
Jun 3, 2022
How to Tell When Chicken Has Gone BadSkills
Here's how to figure it out in four steps.
May 27, 2022
According to the FDA, That Viral Avocado Storing Hack Everyone’s Obsessed with Isn’t Safe — Here’s WhySkills
We tried a viral hack for storing avocados, but later learned it can spread foodborne disease, like listeria.
May 26, 2022
How Long Can You Leave Cooked Foods Unrefrigerated?Skills
Part of reducing food waste (and keeping more pennies in your pocket) is knowing how long bacon wrapped shrimp and other buffet table favorites can sit out and remain safe to eat. You might not be a leftover-lover, but sometimes those refrigerated extras can come in handy. Here’s everything you need to know about serving food safely and when to refrigerate or toss your leftovers. The U.S.
May 25, 2022
This Hack Will Help You Safely Dispose of Cooking Oil Immediately After Each UseSkills
And no, you won't have to wait until it hardens.
May 24, 2022
Kitchen Science: Demystifying GlutenSkills
Ah, gluten. Bread bakers love it and pastry chefs keep it at a respectful distance. So what’s the deal with gluten and what can we oh-so-humble home cooks do about it?All flour contains a certain percentage of protein, ranging from 8% for cake flour to around 13% for durum semolina (pasta) flour. When activated, these proteins cling together to form strands of gluten.
May 12, 2022
Food Science: When Good Carrots Turn GreenSkills
And this time we’re not talking about “environmentally-friendly carrots”!If you’ve ever sliced into a freshly-baked carrot cake only to find that the shreds of carrot have turned green, you will probably agree that this is a rather disconcerting experience, to say the least.Why does this happen and is our cake safe to eat? For these answers and more, read on!
May 12, 2022
Do Spices Go Bad? Here's How to Know When It's Time to Throw Them Out.Skills
Just how long has that jar of cumin been lurking on your spice rack?
May 12, 2022
Why GMOs Are the Biggest Food Science Breakthrough of Our EraSkills
Up until now, the discoveries showcased within this series have highlighted achievements made during the 19th century. Not by design, I promise you. All of these food science breakthroughs were hand-picked on merit alone, as is today’s: genetically modified crops. But genetically modified crops come with some baggage. Unlike canning, fermentation, or milk pasteurization So, for the record, I will state my bias right now: I am not a fan of GM crops.
May 12, 2022
5 Cooking Fears and How to Face ThemSkills
For the most part, the greatest risk one takes when cooking a recipe is producing an inedible meal. That being said, cooking usually involves heat or fire, knives, and hot metal — all things that can potentially be dangerous. And whether you’ve experienced it yourself or heard tales from others, burns, cuts, and trips to the ER do happen. This causes, for some, a real fear of certain equipment or cooking methods, and in turn, the refusal to use them.
May 5, 2022
Could You Get Sick from Reheated Leftovers? It’s Rare but Potentially Dangerous — Here’s How to Keep Yourself SafeSkills
Illness after reheating leftovers is rare, but it’s important to take the proper safety steps every time.
Mar 2, 2022
8 Important Tips for Buying and Prepping Fruits and Veggies, According to Microbiologists
Tips from The Kitchn
Stock up on the vinegar!
Sep 10, 2021
I Tried to Turn Grapes into “Healthy Sour Patch Kids” and This Is What Happened
Recipe Review
I was surprised by the results.
Jul 20, 2021
10 People Who Leveled Up on Plants (and How They Did It)
Eat More Plants
"You don't have to be 100% or radical."
Jun 4, 2021
Yes, Your Maple Syrup Can Go Bad, Here’s How to CheckSkills
The other day, a friend of ours sat down to a meal of pancakes for dinner. She poured on the maple syrup, took a bite and then realized that the inside of the syrup bottle was covered in yellowish-gray mold. So much for that comfort food dinner! When she showed us the bottle, we were stumped. Having been under the impression that maple syrup doesn’t spoil, we wanted to look in to the matter.
Mar 6, 2021
Is Pink Chicken Meat Safe to Eat? The USDA Says Yes Skills
Undercooked chicken can pose some serious health risk, but pink chicken can still be safe to eat if it reaches the right temperature. Here's what you need to know.
Mar 8, 2021
What’s True (and Totally Not True) About Cheese and PregnancySkills
Avoiding certain cheeses is a key part of pregnancy. That said, there's some misinformation out there.
Dec 31, 2020
Tip: Save Vegetable Scraps for StockSkills
Vegetable stock is one of those ingredients that is easy to buy off the shelf yet so much more delicious – and economical – when cooked from scratch. And you don’t have to purchase pounds of fresh veggies to make it. Using vegetable peelings, stalks, and leaves can be a great way to save money and avoid wasting food. Here are some tips for saving vegetable scraps, which can be used in our basic Vegetable Stock recipe.
Nov 6, 2020
The Safest Way to Freeze and Defrost Food
Kitchn Cooking School
Avoid the "danger zone" at all costs.
Oct 8, 2020
This Is How to Substitute Lentils for Ground BeefSkills
This substitute isn't just for vegans or vegetarians.
Oct 20, 2020
Why Net Carbs Are So Important for the Keto DietSkills
It's all about carbs, yes, but don't forget this little detail.
Oct 16, 2020
10 Ways to Eat Your Daily ProteinSkills
It's easier than you think to get enough protein in your diet every day — here's visual proof.
Oct 16, 2020
Our Tips for Safely Carving Pumpkins with KidsSkills
Thinking of carving pumpkins with your kids for Halloween? Follow this advice first.
Oct 15, 2020
7 Signs Something Has Gone Bad in the FreezerSkills
Not everyone's freezer is 100 percent consistent. Make sure you know what to look for.
Oct 7, 2020
What’s Your Sick Day Dish?Skills
“ Oooh The slow cooker had been loaded up hours before, and a wonderful smell filled the kitchen. “Chicken soup,” I answered. “Yum! Who’s sick?” Since my children are not unlikely to jump from one subject to another with no warning, I didn’t immediately see a connection. “Nobody. Why?” Apparently, I only make chicken noodle soup when someone stays in bed for the day.
Sep 30, 2020
Smart and Safe Idea: Allergy Alert Temporary Tattoos for Kids from SafetyTatSkills
The smartest idea came across my desk today: a tool to help give parents peace of mind when taking kids on vacation or packing them off to a field trip with supervising adults who may not be aware of allergies. These temporary tattos are a cheery little tool for making sure the right info stays with the right kid. I’m from a huge family (oldest of eight) so I know how chaotic it can be to travel with a bunch of kids.
Sep 30, 2020
5 Mom-Tested, Kid-Approved Snacks: 5 Good Choices that Actually Taste GoodSkills
Snacks get a bad rap, but this year I have managed to fill my pantry with an arsenal of good choices. As my kids geared up for back to school over the fall my snack mission was find treats that were easy, health conscious, actually taste good, and make my kids feel like I am spoiling them. This was no easy task. We’ve been back to school for a few months now and packing snacks can get to be a real pain. I’m a packer — a lunch and snack packer.
Sep 30, 2020
Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Breakfast Ideas for a Breastfeeding Mom?Skills
Q: I’m a breastfeeding mom and my daughter is sensitive to dairy and soy, so I’ve had to cut them out of my diet. I can have a little bit of butter but that’s it. I’m desperate for breakfast ideas — I’m so sick of plain scrambled eggs. Please help! Sent by Lizzie Editor: Lizzie, you’ll find some ideas in the comments of these posts: Ideas for High-Protein, Make-Ahead Vegan Breakfasts? High-Protein, Vegetarian & Dairy-Free Meals for a Breastfeeding Mom?
Sep 30, 2020
100 Days of Real Food Makes Healthy Eating as a Family Feel Approachable and DoableSkills
Cookbook: 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake Overall Impression: A well-researched book with a lot of information on eating healthy food with a focus on kid-friendly recipes. All of us always want to eat better food and live healthier lifestyles. However, when life gets maniacally busy — with school, work, and life — it is almost too easy to turn to convenience food, even though we all know that healthy, home-cooked food is best.
Sep 30, 2020
Exposing Babies to Peanuts Can Prevent Peanut AllergiesSkills
In an about-face, a new study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine says that kids exposed to peanuts as babies are significantly less likely to develop a peanut allergy when they’re older. The results are apparently so compelling, the study recommends an immediate change to infant feeding guidelines.
Sep 30, 2020
I Pack My Kid’s Lunch (but Not Because It’s Healthier)Skills
September brings many things, chief among them the switch back to school — school wake-ups, school bedtimes, schoolwork, and school lunches. For many parents, this means asking a question about lunch, which theoretically constitutes about a third of the food our kids eat: Who’s going to make it? I think it’s worth parents’ time and money to pack their own kids’ lunches, but perhaps not for the reasons you might think.
Sep 30, 2020