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How-To's

With in-depth cooking articles and step-by-step cooking videos, we'll help you learn more about how to cook great food at home. Master cooking techniques that will make you successful in the kitchen, and take a closer look at some of our favorite ingredients. Learn everything from how to cure meats to making cheese at home, plus find Test Kitchen-approved techniques for getting tricky treats like hollandaise sauce and flaky pie crust to turn out perfectly.

How to Make Homemade Bratwurst

WHEN IT COMES TO GRILLING OUT, brats are often on the menu. And with more and more people looking to get back to the basics, making your own brats …

How to Make Sauerkraut

Welcome to the world of fermentation, one of the lost culinary techniques that’s becoming popular again. This ancient process uses only salt (and sometimes water) to alter the flavor and …

How to Make a Stuffed Pork Loin

Have you always loved the look of a rolled pork loin roast but weren’t sure how to make one? Do you love pork, ham, salami, and gooey cheese? If you …

How to Cut Onions

Onions play an integral role in virtually everything you cook, so knowing how to make the basic cuts is an indispensable skill.

How to Bread Chicken

When it comes to chicken, or any protein, for that matter, it’s hard to top crusted (or breaded) cutlets. The challenge is how to get a flavorful, crispy crust while …

How to Bread (Probably Just About) Anything

The standard breading procedure is a three-step process that works on a variety of meats, cheese, and vegetables. Here, we walk through how to bread chicken, plus a few tips …

How to Make Homemade Cavatelli Without a Machine

Homemade cavatelli is possible with just six easy steps (including making pasta dough from scratch!). Here's how to make homemade cavatelli without a machine.

How to Use a Bamboo Steamer

The art of steaming is easy with one of these ordinary, inexpensive tiered bamboo steamer baskets. But if you’ve never used one, we’ll walk you through the process of how …

Can with Confidence: How to Can with a Water Bath

Vegetable season is ending, so take advantage of your garden-fresh beauties or farmers' market finds through the process of canning. Canning seems to get a bad rap. And to some …

How to Make Japanese Milk Bread

If you’ve never heard of milk bread, you’re in for a treat. Using a special technique and following our step-by-step tutorial, you’ll soon be creating the most incredible, pillowy soft, …

Steel Away: How to Keep Your Knives Sharp

Have you ever wondered what to do with that sharpening steel that comes with your knife set? We've got all the answers on how to keep your knives sharp with …

How to Make Yogurt at Home

Creamy homemade yogurt is so luscious in taste and texture, and so simple to make, once you try it, you may never purchase it again.