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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 Fix Broken Hollandaise Sauce

When hollandaise “breaks,” it can usually be fixed. And if you know what to look for, you can save the sauce before it breaks.

How to Make Classic Hollandaise Sauce

One of the five French “mother” sauces, hollandaise is buttery, rich, and really showcases your skill.

How to Make Homemade Corned Beef

Enjoy this St. Paddy’s Day favorite like never before when you make it yourself! A few spices and a little time are all you need for this flavor-packed, tender homemade …

How To Spatchcock a Turkey + Our Juiciest Turkey Recipe Ever

Roasting a juicy, perfectly cooked whole turkey doesn’t have to be stressful. Try this classic spatchcocking technique and Thanksgiving dinner will be faster, easier, and more visually exciting than ever …

How To Assemble a Layer Cake with Frosting

Follow these simple steps for a cake that’s both impressive and stable.

How to Make Homemade Stock

Stocks are the foundation of classic cooking — they won't dazzle you with their good looks, but surely will with what they bring to your cooking endeavors. Simply follow our …

How To Make Perfect Flaky Pie Crust

Making Perfect Flaky Pie Crust really is as easy as pie. Armed with just a few tips in this simple, step-by-step guide, you’ll be an expert in how to make …

All About Cream & How to Whip It

From half-and-half to heavy cream, this smooth and rich cooking and baking cornerstone is explained. Now you can case the dairy aisle with confidence. Plus, if you ever wondered about …

How to Make Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Grab our recipe for creamy Homemade Ricotta Cheese and follow these quick and easy instructions on how to make homemade ricotta cheese yourself. It's so luscious (in taste and texture) …

How to Make Homemade Pastrami

Making Homemade Pastrami isn’t a weeknight project, but once you try your hand at making this highly coveted deli staple, you’ll fall head over heels for its succulent slices. So …

Learn Surprising Tips & Tricks of Food Photography

Taking food photos from good to great is all about the details. Professional stylists & photographers have an arsenal of tricks they rely on to keep food looking fresh & …

How to Grill the Perfect Steak

A perfectly flame-charred steak is truly a work of art, but you need more than just a full tank of propane to become an artist. These tips are sure to …