How to Cut Any Meat Across the GrainSkills
You’ve probably read in recipes and heard again and again that you should slice steak and other cuts of meat against grain. But what exactly is “the grain,” and why is it so important to slice against it? Oh, and how do you even know what it looks like?The grain refers to the direction that the muscle fibers are aligned, and it is important to cut against it so that your meat is easier to chew.
The Best Way to Reheat Prime Rib So It Doesn't Dry OutSkills
You don’t need an excuse to treat yourself, but the holiday season is definitely a great opportunity for special meals. Enter: the prime rib. Although this cut of beef, also called standing rib roast, is available at most butcher shops and even some grocery stores, for many of us it remains an order-out or once-a-year indulgence.
We Tried 7 Ways of Storing a Pack of Bacon, and the Winners Outlasted Them All Skills
Don't deal with messy bacon packaging — try this instead.
What Is Prime Rib?The Most Important Things to KnowSkills
Prime rib is the undisputed king when it comes to a large cut of beef. I remember going to the steakhouse with my family on prime rib night for special occasions and celebrations, savoring every bite of a slice of rosy, juicy meat with some tasty jus. Prime rib isn’t something you can only eat at restaurants, though.
How to Know If Your Thanksgiving Turkey Is Actually DoneSkills
When is the turkey done? What temperature should it be? These are important questions, and we have the answers you need so you can cook a safe and delicious turkey in the oven. First thing’s first: When the turkey’s internal temperature registers a steady 165°F in the thigh, the meat is done.It’s an important number to remember because, when it comes to Thanksgiving food, a lovely roast turkey is usually the centerpiece of the holiday spread.
What’s the Right Amount of Meat to Serve per Person?Skills
It all depends on what you're serving and how.
6 Ways to Tenderize a Tough Cut of Meat Skills
Tough cuts of meat, like chuck roast, brisket, hanger steak, and flank steak, aren’t just cheaper than their leaner counterparts — when cooked just right, they deliver even more flavor. But you won’t get any of that flavor without adding a few key steps to their preparation. From a long, slow cook to the power of a brine, here are six ways to get the job done. Pounding softens and tenderizes meat, making it easier to cut and eat.
What's the Deal with Black Chickens?Skills
Have you ever seen a black chicken? We don’t mean a black-feathered chicken; we mean a Silkie chicken, which is black-pigmented right down to its bones. They aren’t commonly found in the grocery store, but you might see them in Asian groceries. What are black chickens, and do they taste different than the paler breed? Silkie chickens are a highly prized breed of chicken that has beautiful silky white plumage, and startlingly black skin.
A Home Cook's Guide to All the Cuts of BeefSkills
Find out where your favorite steak comes from.
Oct 26, 2023
What Is a Chicken Tender?Skills
After taking a look at the many different poultry items at the grocery store, you’ve probably wondered what a chicken tender is and how it’s different from other cuts of chicken. While we’re used enjoying chicken tenders when they’re battered and deep-fried, not everyone may know where this particular cut comes from.
Oct 4, 2023
We Discovered the Best Way to Tenderize SteakSkills
Don't even think about cooking another steak without reading this first.
Aug 17, 2023
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Meat: 28 Tips and TutorialsSkills
How do you cook and shred a pork shoulder? How do you carve a roast chicken? How do you check the temperature on a turkey? What’s the secret to crispy skin? What’s the best way to package meat before freezing? The answers to all these, plus many, many more in our definitive tips, tricks, and techniques guide to MEAT. • How to cook a turkey. • How to cook moist and tender chicken breasts every time. • How to cook and shred a pork shoulder.
Jul 25, 2023
How To Freeze Bacon for Easy Cooking LaterSkills
One of the very first cooking tricks I ever learned was just how much a slice or two of bacon can boost the flavor of an otherwise simple soup or braise. I was hooked from that first subtly smoky, bacon-enhanced bite. You can bet I had bacon stocked in my freezer ever after. Freezing the slices individually between layers of wax paper takes a few minutes of work at the outset, but allows you to use just a slice or two when you need them. Here’s how to freeze bacon.
Jun 27, 2023
A Complete Guide to Buying HamSkills
A succulent ham is one of the reigning centerpieces of holiday feasts, and rightly so. It’s an easy main dish with virtually no cooking required, and it serves a crowd. But since there is nearly no cooking (depending on the type you buy), all the work of a ham lies in the choosing. How do you decide what kind of ham to get? Where do you buy it from, and what should you look for? Read on — we have the answers! Ham comes from the back leg of the animal.
Mar 1, 2023
These Are the Best Cuts of Beef for Stew, According to a ButcherSkills
These are the most ideal cuts to use for an ultra-tender beef stew.
Jan 28, 2023
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Beef StewSkills
What you need to know to make beef stew like a pro.
Jan 17, 2023
We Tested 5 Ways to Defrost Ground Beef and the Winner Is the Easiest MethodSkills
Flexibility in use landed this method in the top spot.
Dec 29, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Flank Steak and Skirt Steak?Skills
Flank steak and skirt steak are both long, odd-looking cuts of steak. Wonder if you’ve ever eaten either of them? If you’ve ever had fajitas, then chances are it was skirt steak. In most recipes, they can be used interchangeably, so how are these cuts actually different from each other? The flank is located at the cow’s bottom abdominal area, while the skirt is a thin, flavorful cut located in the diaphragm area.
Dec 17, 2022
This Pro Tip Will Help You Get a Perfectly Pan-Fried Steak Every TimeSkills
You'll be bound for greatness with this one!
Dec 15, 2022
Prime Rib and Ribeye Are Delicious Cuts of Beef — Here’s How to Tell the Difference Between ThemSkills
For starters, one is a roast and the other is a steak.
Nov 29, 2022
What's the Difference Between Baby Back Ribs and Spareribs?Skills
Are you team baby back or St. Louis Style?!
Sep 17, 2022
Cooking Tip: Make a Quick Brine for Perfect Pork ChopsSkills
From lean and mean to lush and tasty with just two ingredients.
Sep 14, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Corned BeefSkills
Want to cook your best corned beef yet? Keep an eye out for these.
Sep 11, 2022
A Complete Guide to SteakSkills
Here are the four most popular cuts of steak. We'll cover where they're cut from, what they taste like, and how best to cook them.
Sep 6, 2022
What Is Soy Chorizo and How Do I Cook With It?Skills
Meet the meat substitute with all the flavor.
Aug 11, 2022
5 Flavorful Ways to Season Bacon With SpicesSkills
I think we can all agree that bacon is pretty irresistible as is. That crispy, crunchy texture and smoky flavor can liven up breakfast plates and add an extra oomph to salads and sandwiches. Which is precisely why it’s time to up the ante on your next batch of bacon with the help of a few rich, sweet, spicy, and savory upgrades. Even though it doesn’t necessarily come with a mild flavor, bacon is a total blank canvas.
Aug 6, 2022
Pancetta vs Bacon vs Prosciutto: What’s the Difference?Skills
Bacon, pancetta, prosciutto: These three pork products look alike, taste somewhat similar, and even get regularly substituted for each other. It’s no wonder we get them confused! In actuality, each pork product has distinctive characteristics that make it ideal for different preparations. Here’s the scoop on each one and their differences. Bacon and pancetta have the most in common. They are both typically made from pork belly and both are cured for a certain length of time.
Aug 5, 2022
What are Giblets and How Do I Use Them?Skills
What are those things and what do you do with them anyway? Toss them in the trash? Please don’t. Before you reject the bird’s vital organs, learn a little about what they are. Giblets refers to the little bundle of parts sometimes found inside the cavity of a bird, such as chicken or turkey. Can you name all the parts in a giblets bundle? A labeled version of this photo appears below, along with some thoughts on what to do with giblets.
Aug 5, 2022
6 Tips for Cooking the Best Steak, According to a Culinary InstructorSkills
Including the one thing you should be doing before you even turn on the heat.
Jul 23, 2022
A Visual Guide to Cooking Steak: Temperatures, Tips, and TimingSkills
Your official guide to cooking restaurant-quality steak.
Jul 20, 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).
Jul 11, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Schnitzel and Wiener Schnitzel?Skills
It turns out the difference between the two isn't what's most surprising about these dishes — it's what they have in common.
Jul 11, 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 30, 2022
What Is Seitan and How Do You Cook with It?Skills
This popular protein-rich meat substitute has been around for centuries.
Jun 10, 2022
The Simple Trick for Tender, Juicy MeatballsSkills
Making this easy ingredient swap will take your meatballs to the next level.
Jun 6, 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 2, 2022
Recipe Template: How to Make Beef StewSkills
Rich, long-simmered stews are as satisfying to eat as they are to make. It’s all about building layers of flavor and then stepping away from the stove to let the low heat gently do its magic. You don’t need a recipe – just a few basic guidelines will help create the perfect stew!Note for Vegetarians – Sure, you can make stew, too! Instead of meat, try adding about a pound of mushrooms and a pound of potatoes.
May 13, 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
Ham Hocks Are Your Flavor-Boosting Secret WeaponSkills
Use them to add tons of flavor to soups, stews, collards, and more.
Apr 16, 2022
This Simple Technique Will Give Your Steak the Best Crust EverSkills
The result? A crusty, flavorful, pink-in-the-center steak that is nothing short of a chef’s (or grill master’s) kiss.
Apr 15, 2022
What Exactly Is Brisket? Here’s Everything You Should Know About the King of Braised BeefSkills
If you’ve had corned beef or pastrami before, then you’ve had brisket. This large piece of flavor-packed beef is often cured or smoked, but it’s also one of the best cuts for braising and slow cooking. There’s much to learn, though, when it comes to what brisket is and how it differs from other types of meat. Let’s talk about where this hefty piece of beef comes from and how to buy and cook it!
Mar 24, 2022
What Exactly Is Corned Beef?Skills
Do you know?
Mar 15, 2022
We Tested 5 Methods for Reheating Steak and Found Our New Go-To MethodSkills
This two-step method won, hands-down.
Dec 29, 2021
Use a Quick Brine to Make Any Cut of Meat More TenderSkills
We like to throw pork chops and chicken breasts in a quick brine for extra oomph before continuing on with the rest of the recipe.
Nov 8, 2021
We Tried 5 Methods for Browning Ground Beef and the Winner Is a Game-Changer
Skills Showdown
Adding just one pantry ingredient gives you tender, browned beef.
Sep 9, 2021
For the Best Grilled Steak of Your Life, Add a Little Sugar
Recipe Review
You'll love the flavor and char that sugar adds to your steak.
Jun 4, 2021
All You Need to Know About Buying, Cooking, and Eating LambSkills
Is lamb on your menu? We've got you covered!
Apr 2, 2021
The Best Ground Beef Trick I Just Learned After 25 Years of CookingSkills
Get your food processor ready!
Mar 10, 2021
I Tried Cooking a Steak in 3 Cups of Oil, Because TikTok Said So
I Tried It
Is it really worth the hype?
Mar 10, 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 9, 2021
I Can’t Believe How Well This One-Ingredient Trick Works for Cooking Ground BeefSkills
Ground Beef TikTok™ was a place on the internet that I swore I’d never return to, but after this hack, it looks like I'm here to stay.
Mar 4, 2021
We Tested 8 Methods for Searing Meat — And the Winner Was a Shocker
Skills Showdown
Can you save cooking and cleanup time with a new technique? We investigate.
Dec 12, 2020
5 Essential Tips for How to Make Stock from Scratch (It's Worth It!)
Kitchn Cooking School
Stock is one of the kitchen's greatest magic tricks. Here are the five rules to this magic.
Oct 8, 2020
How to Get Tender, Juicy Meat Every Single Time
Kitchn Cooking School
Plus: The ingenious hack to test if meat is done without a thermometer.
Oct 22, 2020
Our Mostly Frequently Asked Brisket Questions, Answered
Rosh Hashanah
We interviewed a chef and a grandmother to get a brisket walk-through.
Sep 17, 2020
We Tried 6 Popular Methods for Better Burger Patties and the Winner Was a Complete Surprise
Skills Showdown
The winner truly makes a tastier burger on the grill or in a skillet!
Sep 3, 2020
This Is the One Thing You Should Always Do Before Freezing MeatSkills
It's one of the best meal-prep tips I picked up from my mom.
Aug 18, 2020
Make Any Cut of Meat Taste Amazing with a Quick BrineSkills
You just need water and salt!
Aug 18, 2020
How to Freeze and Defrost Every Type of Meat
Freezer Week
Please don't just throw it in the freezer, we beg of you!
Aug 15, 2020
How To Freeze and Defrost Ground BeefSkills
Our favorite tool for the job might surprise you!
Jul 20, 2020
The One Thing to Do to Make the Best Ribs of SummerSkills
You'll need a spoon and a paper towel.
Jun 13, 2020
You’re Buying Steak All Wrong. Here’s How to Really Do It.Skills
Consider this over the weight of your steaks.
Jun 11, 2020
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Ribs
Mistakes to Avoid
No tough or chewy ribs with these simple steps.
Jun 9, 2020
The Secret to Grilling Burgers That Are Always Tender and JuicySkills
Follow these guidelines for juicy, never-dry burgers.
May 24, 2020
5 Tips for Super-Tender, Super-Flavorful LambSkills
Keep these simple tips in mind when making this show-stopper.
Apr 1, 2020
The One Ingredient That Makes Defrosted Meat Taste So Much BetterSkills
You probably have it in your pantry.
Mar 24, 2020
PSA: You Should Be Rinsing Your Corned BeefSkills
No matter you cook it, you should always be doing this.
Mar 5, 2020