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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 Quick Pickles

For an easy, detailed guide on how to make from-scratch quick dill pickles, look no further.

How to Make a Basic Brine

Brining is a simple technique that replaces the water in meat and poultry with the brining solution which yields juicier, more flavorful meat. With this quick refresher, you'll learn …

How to Make Homemade Preserves

Savor the fruits of summer all year long by “putting up” your favorites using this step-by-step tutorial guide on How to Make Homemade Preserves. Want some fun and flavorful ideas …

How to Prep & Crack Crab Legs for Cooking

Not many home cooks have a pot big enough to cook whole crab legs, but don’t worry — here’s how to handle them.