The One Ingredient That Makes Rice 100x BetterSkills
Just cook it right with the rice.
Kardea Brown’s Top 6 Tips for the Perfect Pot of Gullah Red RiceSkills
This is the best way to get a perfect pot of red rice every time!
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!
3 Types of Rice to Use for Making Risotto (and Which to Skip)Skills
These varieties make the creamiest and most comforting risotto.
Polenta Versus Grits: What's the Difference?Skills
Learn the differences between polenta and grits, and how to cook them into creamy porridge or crispy cakes.
A Guide to Cooking with Whole Grains & Baking with Whole Grain FloursSkills
With fall just around the corner, now is the time to stock your pantry with hearty, healthy whole grains! From amaranth to wild rice, get the skinny on whole grain ingredients and whole grain flours below. Buckwheat Quick Guides to Whole Grains Amaranth – A tiny poppy seed-sized grain. Malty, grassy flavor. (The leaves of the amaranth plant are also good to eat.) Gluten-free. Barley, Hulled and Pearl – Chewy, tender grains. Especially good in soup.
What Is Hominy and How Is It Used?Skills
A versatile ingredient, its unique flavors and consistency is great in soups, salads, and more.
Don’t Have Espresso Powder? Try These Substitutes.Skills
Espresso powder and instant espresso provide nuanced flavors in rich, chocolatey baked goods. Learn the best swaps here.
4 Ways to Keep Brown Sugar SoftSkills
These are the best ways to keep your brown sugar soft so it's always ready.
Nov 5, 2022
We Tried 9 Ways of Making Gloriously Clumpy Granola and Found a Winning CombinationSkills
We will never make granola another way again.
Oct 26, 2022
Make Perfect Arroz Rojo with These 5 Expert Tips from Pati JinichSkills
Arroz rojo is as beloved as it is delicious. Pati Jinich tells us all about the dish and how to get it right every time. Plus, the best way to store and reheat it.
Oct 20, 2022
What’s the Deal With: White Balsamic Vinegar?Skills
With the exception of perhaps oil, few pantry staples come in as many varieties as vinegar. I regularly keep on hand no fewer than seven different vinegars: red wine, white wine, champagne, sherry, rice, apple cidar and balsamic. Later on, I discovered white balsamic vinegar, a blend of white grape must and white wine vinegar. Recently, while scanning through the ingredients list of a recipe I was making, I came across a vinegar I was unfamiliar with – White balsamic vinegar.
Sep 28, 2022
Ingredient Spotlight: SabaSkills
We have been grilling tons of fruit this summer – plums, peaches, pluots, figs – and it has been the perfect opportunity to break out our precious bottle of saba.We first encountered saba at a gourmet market and just had to bring a bottle home. Although it was a bit pricey and we had never tasted it before, we were intrigued by the description of an ancient, syrupy condiment similar to Balsamic vinegar. The splurge was worth it.
Sep 28, 2022
5 Fabulous Ways to Flavor Your PopcornSkills
Let’s be honest — when it comes to popcorn, the plain stuff is kind of boring. I’m not saying I’d turn it down, but it just feels a little lackluster. Sure, it has the crunch factor going for it (I’ll give it that), but there’s no flavor or pizzazz. Let’s call popcorn what it really is: a bite-sized vessel waiting to get loaded up with all of your favorite flavors and toppings. Each of these five simple bowls of popcorn starts off the same way.
Sep 12, 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
What’s the Difference Between Cornmeal and Polenta?Skills
Cornmeal has long been used for baked goods and giving fried foods crunch and texture. Polenta may feel like a less-familiar newcomer, not surprisingly causing some confusion. What’s the difference between these two cornmeal products? The difference between cornmeal and polenta is in the consistency of the grain. Polenta is also made from corn, but is it really just cornmeal labeled differently and sold at a higher price? Can the two be used interchangeably? Read on to find out!
Aug 22, 2022
Yes, You Can Make Risotto Without WineSkills
Wine wine may be a classic addition, but if you don't want to use it you definitely don't have to.
Aug 14, 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
7 Additions That Make Risotto a Complete MealSkills
Transform risotto from simply a bowl of creamy rice to a well-rounded dinner.
Aug 4, 2022
Basmati vs Jasmine Rice: What’s the Difference?Skills
Both jasmine and basmati rice are aromatic varieties that make a great alternative to plain long grain white rice. You’ll find these rices commonly used in a variety of Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. Even though jasmine and basmati rice are often used interchangeably, there are some differences between these two types of rice that you should know about. While jasmine and basmati rice are both long grain, they slightly differ in flavor as well as preparation.
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
Cooking for One? Make a Big Pot of RiceSkills
Here’s a trick when you need inspiration in your cooking-for-one routine — especially when you arrive home in the evenings and heating a pizza seems like the most expedient way to get some dinner into your belly. For about the same amount of time it would take for your oven to preheat and that frozen pizza to bake, you can put together a healthy, vegetable-intense dinner that tastes delicious and fills you up. What’s the secret?
May 12, 2022
Quinoa and Beyond: 10 Gluten-Free Grains You Should KnowSkills
I remember the first time I cooked quinoa. It was back in the 90s when Deborah Madison’s “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone” first came out and I was intrigued by her quinoa with pine nuts and dried fruits recipe. It took some doing, but I finally tracked down a few handfuls of quinoa in the bulk foods section of my local health food store. Fast forward to today, and quinoa is far from obscure.
May 5, 2022
Different Types of Paprika, ExplainedSkills
There's a lot to know about paprika and all of its varieties.
Apr 4, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Hulled and Pearl Barley?Skills
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 FlourSkills
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
Undercooked Rice? Here Are 4 Tester-Approved Ways to Fix It.Skills
Don't toss that undercooked rice! Here's how to fix it.
Feb 18, 2022
Use Leftover Sticky Rice to Make Crispy, Chewy WafflesSkills
You'll want to make extra sticky rice just to try this.
Jul 19, 2021
Brown Rice Is the Nutty, Chewy Whole-Grain Rice We Love
While brown rice is often marketed as a "better-for-you" rice, we love it for its nutty flavor and chewy texture. Here's everything you need to know about brown rice.
Apr 20, 2021
Medium Grain Rice Is Moist, Tender, and Delightfully Chewy
The world of medium grain rices is robust. Here's what you need to know.
Apr 20, 2021
Every Single Way to Cook Arborio Rice, the Plump and Creamy Star of Risotto
You probably know arborio rice from risotto recipes and not much more, but this starchy rice can actually do a lot more than just turn into creamy delicious dinner. Here's what you need to know about arborio and how to use it beyond risotto.
Apr 20, 2021
Soft and Sticky Calrose Rice Has a Cult Following
Once you try Calrose for yourself you'll want to know every way to cook and eat it. Here's what you need to know all in one place.
Apr 20, 2021
Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Sushi Rice
How to make it taste like your favorite restaurant, plus how to cook it and eat it all on its own.
Apr 20, 2021
Fragrant Jasmine Rice Tastes Great in Just About Everything
Although it’s traditionally used as a base for stir-fries or a simple side to meat dishes, jasmine rice is an all-purpose grain that’s great for a multitude of dishes.
Apr 20, 2021
Our Favorite Ways to Cook Basmati Rice (Plus the 1 We'll Never Recommend)
It's ideal for eating as a side or as a base for saucy dishes, like curries or red beans and rice.
Apr 20, 2021
If You Love Brown Rice, Give Stunning Black Rice a Try
This beautifully hued rice deserves a regular spot on your table.
Apr 20, 2021
Is It Actually Rice? All Your Wild Rice Questions, Answered.
If you've ever been befuddled by this whole grain, you're not alone. Wild rice isn't a rice or grain at all, but a rather delicious edible seed. Here's what you need to know about cooking wild rice.
Apr 20, 2021
These Never-Fail Methods Deliver Perfectly Fluffy Long-Grain Rice Every Time
If you've ever stood in an grocery aisle pondering the differences between long-grain white, basmati, and jasmine rice — and if those difference even matter when it comes to cooking, then this is the place for you.
Apr 20, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Short Grain Rice
This rounded, starchy rice is well-loved for cooking on it's own as well as part of sushi or rice pudding. Don't confuse short-grain rice for medium-grain rice with this handy guide.
Apr 20, 2021
Here's How to Make Perfect Sticky Rice Every Time
Plus our favorite ways to use it.
Apr 16, 2021
What Is Espresso Powder & How Do You Use It?Skills
Here's everything you need to know about espresso powder — what it actually is, how to use it, and what to use if you don't have any on hand!
Mar 21, 2021
The Shortcut Ingredient to Better Risotto Is Already in Your KitchenSkills
You don't have to run to the store or waste your precious homemade broth anymore.
Mar 18, 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
Fonio Cooks in 5 Minutes Flat (and It’s My Favorite Grain Ever)
Ingredient Intelligence
It tastes great, is full of nutrients, and is easy to cook.
Feb 27, 2021
I Tried That Brilliant Ice Cube Trick for Reheating Rice and It Actually WorksSkills
My nightly TikTok scroll is really paying off.
Jan 22, 2021
We Tried 4 Different Methods for Cooking Brown Rice — This One Is a Keeper
Skills Showdown
Think all Instant Pot methods are the same? We put four to the test and one beat out all the rest as our new favorite method!
Jan 16, 2021
All About Mother of Vinegar, That Slime In Your VinegarSkills
That weird stuff in your vinegar bottle isn't harmful — and it can actually help you make more vinegar!
Jan 9, 2021
How to Activate and Proof Yeast For Basic Bread BakingSkills
If you've never worked with yeast before or, like me, haven't been successful in proofing your yeast, here's everything you need to know about getting started with dry yeast.
Jan 8, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Kichri, a Cherished South Asian Comfort Food
Kitchn Love Letters
If kichri was a piece of clothing, it would be the well-worn pair of sweats that you reach for to feel cozy but would never wear outside of the house.
Oct 21, 2020
How to Be a Cook Who Cooks Beans, Grains, and Rice Without a Recipe
Kitchn Cooking School
Learn how to make these ingredients taste their best.
Oct 8, 2020
How Long Can You Keep Leftover Rice in the Fridge?Skills
There's a limit.
Aug 21, 2020
Here's the Difference Between Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream, and Cream of CoconutSkills
First things first: They're not always interchangeable!
Jul 22, 2020
What Is the Difference Between Rice Flour and Sweet Rice Flour?Skills
Here's why you should keep both on hand.
Jul 20, 2020
Does Vinegar Ever Really Go Bad? Here’s How to Tell.Skills
Wonder no more about this pantry staple's shelf life.
Jun 29, 2020
Everything I Know About Cooking Rice I Learned from Alton Brown
Alton's secret for better rice? Start the rice with boiling water.
May 9, 2020
Yes, You Can Toast Nuts in the Microwave — Here's HowSkills
It takes a fraction of the time!
Mar 4, 2020
We Tried 7 Ways of Making Long-Grain White Rice — And the Winner Genuinely Surprised Us!Skills
My mother might disown me, as might some of my cooking buddies. But I have to report the truth, and this method simply worked beautifully.
Feb 20, 2020
You're (Probably) Cooking Your Brown Rice WrongSkills
Cooking brown rice like pasta results in perfectly fluffy rice every single time.
Feb 17, 2020
5 Reasons I Always Cook Extra Rice (and You Should, Too)Skills
It's good for so much more than fried rice!
Feb 14, 2020
Quinoa Flakes Are the Gluten-Free “Breading” Crunchy Food Lovers NeedSkills
It's so good you'll want to try it even if you're not going gluten-free.
Jan 10, 2020
8 Foods That Taste Better Cooked in Broth (Instead of Water)
30 Days of Broth
It's an easy way to add a new dimension to your meal.
Oct 26, 2019
For a Light, Fragrant Rice, Try Cooking with Coconut Water
One-Ingredient Upgrades
Using tap water is just wasting a flavor opportunity.
Oct 8, 2019
I Tried Making Quinoa in the Rice Cooker and My Life Is Changed for the BetterSkills
It turns out flawlessly every time.
Oct 6, 2019
10 of Our Favorite Ingredients for Italian CookingSkills
Do you cook with Italian flavors and ingredients? If so, how do you stock your pantry? Here are 10 pantry favorites for Italian cooking, with some no-brainers (uh, pasta) and other more exotic picks (ancient Roman fish sauce, anyone?), and with links back to some of our favorite brands. Pasta – Oh, pasta, where would we be without you? My (Calabrian, originally) husband would riot if we didn’t eat pasta at least once week.
Sep 12, 2019
The Secret to Better-Tasting Oatmeal Won’t Cost You a DimeSkills
And it's not an extra ingredient!
Aug 15, 2019