Egg washes are the norm for breading, but there's a better, more flavorful way! Use our quick tip to provide for flavor and cling for the breading.
When prepping mushrooms for stuffing, use this simple trick to remove the gills and give the perfect amount of space for the filling. It makes a nice shape with lots of space for good stuff!
Whether you just don't have a steamer basket, or don't want an extra kitchen tool to purchase and store, you can steam asparagus (and other vegetables) with this simple tip.
Don't toss those limp vegetables, like artichokes, asparagus and broccoli, just yet! You may be able to revive them with this simple tip.
Want your seeded bread to really shine—and not lose all the toppings while you are cutting slices and before you get it to your mouth? Here's a simple tip for better bread baking at home.
To easily stuff bell peppers and keep them upright during baking, use this simple tip. No more slipping, sliding or tipping!
Make your pastry and bread making easier with this simple tip! When making stromboli, sweet rolls or anything that needs to be in a long, rectangular shape, try this dough proofing hack.
Learning how to use a pizza peel is a practice in patience, but with this simple trick, you never need to worry about transferring your pizza from the peel to stone anymore.
Need to keep your soup or sauce warm on the stove until serving, but don't want the consistency to change? Here's a simple tip to keep your food warm—without the moisture from the lid dripping into your dish.
If you've ever wondering how to care for your cast-iron cookware, we've got you covered with these simple tips to keep your skillets and Dutch ovens in top shape.
Here’s a way to ripen green tomatoes that aren't quite at their juicy, peak ripeness or that you’ll have to pull off the vine before the first frost.
Don't throw out those woody, end-of-season herbs! Use this simple tip to preserve them and impart more flavor into your grilled foods.
Protect your pricey olive oil from rancidity (and save some money) by recycling old wine bottles and making a DIY olive oil bottle.
If you're a squash lover who can't wait to cut into and bake your first squash of the fall season, this tip is for you! Here's a way to safely cut into those rock-hard squash.
It’s good to keep dry staples on hand, but they attract bugs— especially on the lower pantry shelves. Here's a simple way to keep bugs out of your pantry.
Here's a simple tip to help revive wilted basil—and a few other basic basil care tips, including how to store fresh basil.
Vanilla beans dry out as they age or if they are improperly stored. Here's how to tell if your vanilla bean is fresh-and a tip on how to revive it if it's dried out.
Pizza stones can be difficult to clean, partly because they're heavy and cumbersome and partly because they shouldn't be submerged in water or scrubbed with soap. Here's a simple way to clean a pizza stone—without removing it from the oven!
Ensuring food that makes it's way to the freezer is labeled with the name and date is crucial to keeping your food fresher and safer to eat. Never wonder what's wrapped in in your freezer again with this helpful tip.
Blenders and food processors can be difficult (and dangerous!) to clean by hand because of the sharp blender and the narrow shape of the blender. Here's an easy—and safe—way to clean these electric appliances.
Deviled eggs are easy appetizers, but stuffing and serving them can be a problem—their round shape causes them to wobble around. Here's an easy tip to keep your deviled eggs upright and stabilized for serving.
Cheesecloth is often used to strain stocks and sauces, but it can be hard to find and expensive. Here's an affordable alternative using something you probably already have at home.
Are your fresh herbs nearly past their prime? Use them to make flavored vinegars that will provide even more flavor to vinaigrettes and sauces. Here's how to make herb-flavored vinegar.
You may have never thought you should—or could—sharpen your vegetable peeler, but with this simple tip, you can ensure your peeler stays sharp forever.
Why juice a whole lemon if all you need is a teaspoon? Here’s how to get just what you need out of citrus without a lot of waste.
Gardens are generally overflowing with fresh herbs towards the end of the growing season. Preserve your fresh herbs for year-round use with this simple tip.
Before recycling a just-emptied mustard jar, make a simple vinaigrette out of the residual mustard. The flavor and emulsion will be out of this world.
No need to keep superfine sugar on hand for baking! You can make it at home using regular old granulated sugar. Here's how to make superfine sugar.
As garlic ages, it can begin form a green shoot in the center where the germ is. Unless you have young, fresh garlic, you may want to remove the germ to improve the flavor. Here's how to do it.
Roasted garlic is inimitable in its sweet, mild garlic flavor, but it can take up to an hour to roast a whole head. Here's a quick method for pan-roasting garlic.
Toothbrushes and paint brushes may seem like they have no place in the kitchen—but they can be indispensable in cleaning and food prep. Here's a few ways to use these all-purpose brushes in your own kitchen.
When chopping round nuts (like macadamia nuts) with your chef’s knife, the nuts have a tendency to fly right off the cutting board, making a dangerous mess. Here's a simple way to chop nuts and keep them from rolling around.
When making stock, there's bound to be some "scum" that floats on the surface that can marr your otherwise perfect homemade stock. Here's an easy way to skim your stocks and broths to remove residue.
Icebox cookies are a baker's best friend: you can always have homemade cookie dough at the ready to bake off whenever you need a quick dessert. But how do you keep the cookies round? Here's a simple storage tip that will ensure your cookies look perfect every time.
If you have any leftover citrus zest from making meat marinades or salad dressings, or just need the juice—zest the citrus anyway!—and make citrus salt. It can be used in a multitude of ways to add a bright citrus note to recipes.
If you buy meat or other ingredients in bulk to freeze, there's a simple way to do it so you don't end up with a big block of frozen food stuck together.
Don’t throw out those fresh radish leaves! Instead, try adding them to salads, soups, and vegetable side dishes just as you would any green herb or greens like arugula.
When you make stock, use the resulting fat to make roux. Then freeze the roux in small disks for later use. You'll always have a richly flavored roux base on hand for making gravy and sauces.
Here's a simple replacement to make the lightest, fluffiest pancakes—plus it works in just about any recipe! And you can use it in your favorite waffle recipe, too.
Take a tip from Mexican restaurants and steam your tortillas to warm them. They retain their flavor and texture, without getting too soft or too crisp.
Alcohol can be an indispensable ingredient to have in your cooking repertoire, but keeping several different full-sized bottles on hand for infrequent use is both expensive and a space-waster! Here's a quick tip on how to save money (and space) when baking or cooking with alcohol.
Skinning a fish fillet can be slippery and frustrating business. Here's a simple—and safe—way to help get a grip on the fish skin.
Roasting vegetables can be delicious and exciting, especially if they are perfectly cooked with a caramelized crust. Here's how to make perfectly roasted, caramelized vegetables every single time.
Does your parchment paper curl up or slip and slide all over your baking sheets when you're preparing a recipe? Here's a simple trick to keep your parchment in place.
While store-bought stock can be a real time-saver, there's no substitute for homemade stock—it's the basis for all good cooking. To give flavor and depth to stock, save and freeze leftover herbs and vegetables for easy use when making homemade stock.
If you like to make individual servings of side dishes and desserts, there's an easier way than using multiple ramekins. Here's how you can use a common bakeware item to make individual servings of just about anything.
If you are making mini tarts but would like to skip filling the shell with foil or parchment paper and pie weights, try this tip. The pie shells come out perfectly every time.
Many popular dishes now use peppery greens like collards, turnips, mustard, and chard. But trimming them can be a pain. Here's a simple and efficient way to trim the stem out of hearty greens.
Freezing leftover rice—or making extra next time rice is on the menu-can be a real timesaver on busy weeknights or when you're looking for a quick lunch or dinner. Here's the best way to freeze rice for use later.
Frozen orange juice concentrate is both long-lasting and highly flavorful—it can be a great addition to a multitude of foods to give a strong, sweet orange taste. Here's a few ways to use it.
For mashed potatoes with more potato flavor and no sogginess, use this method for cooking your potatoes. An added benefit: the potatoes stay fluffy, even with less dairy or butter added.
Egg yolks rarely remain perfectly centered in the egg after packaging, shipping and storage. To help the chalazae hold the yolk in the center of the egg for the perfect hard-cooked egg, try this simple trick. Just make sure to plan ahead because you need a full 24 hours before cooking for this tip to work!
When you cut pizza with a pizza cutter, do you lose half the cheese and toppings to your cutter? Here's a simple tip to make it nonstick so your toppings stay put.
It’s difficult to get those tight spaces clean in waffle irons, bread machines and other small kitchen appliances. Here's a simple, inexpensive solution—and it only takes a quick trip to the hardware store!
No need to buy a dough tamper to press pie/tart dough into pans! With this simple tip, you will have perfect, smooth crusts every time.
Pineapple is one of the more difficult fruits to cut, because it's large, has a spiky skin and those prickly "eyes" inside the fruit once you've cut it. Here’s a way to peel pineapple with as little waste as possible and get the added bonus of decorative slices.
Expand the possibilities of your grilling by using a cast-iron griddle as another cooking surface for your grill. You can cook just about anything you would make in your cast-iron pan or griddle indoors and it takes the fun outside.
Here's a simple way to make chocolate leaves. Buying fresh roses every time you make chocolate leaves is costly so try our cost-effective (and reusuable) way to make these decorative leaves that elevate the presentation of your desserts.
Instead of carefully tracing and cutting your parchment to fit into the bottom of your pan, here's a quick way to line torte and springform pans.
Some jars are tough to open. Save your money and don't purchase those rubber jar grips! You can make a DIY version at home with a rubberband.
Rolling dough and pastry to an even, accurate thickness is hard with just a rolling pin. Here's a simple way to create guides to ensure even rolling of your pastry and pie doughs.
Banish those heavy-bottomed, soggy blueberry muffins for good with this simple trick to keep berries from sinking in muffins.
Learn how to remove the core and seeds and segment a pepper with these simple (and clean!) steps.
How to make and peel hard-boiled eggs are perhaps two of the most debated cooking questions. Here's an easy way to peel hard-boiled eggs.
Surgeon's knots are great for tying meat, like roasts and tenderloins, to help it cook evenly. Here's a simple way to tie a surgeon's knot.
With this simple trick, you no longer have to worry about your beautiful desserts being ruined by soggy meringue leaking droplets of liquid. Say goodbye to weeping meringues forever!
Instead of letting any bit of a carton of heavy cream spoil in your refrigerator, turn to your freezer instead. It is possible to freeze heavy cream—here's the best way to do it.
Whether you're breaking down a whole chicken or just prefer to buy skin-on chicken because of its lower price, here's a simple no-slip way to remove the skin from chicken or turkey.
When using the blender, it seems more food ends up stuck under the blades than anyplace else. Save those take-out chopsticks and put them to good use with this quick tip.
When you remove a double-crust pie from the oven, you're always crossing your fingers for a masterpiece, but sometimes the top crust separates from the filling, causing a gap. Here's a simple way to prevent this baking problem.
Nuts purchased in bulk (like at health food stores) are usually fresher and cheaper than those sold in small bags, but it can be hard to use them all up before they go rancid or stale. Here's a simple way to preserve the freshness of nuts for a long period of time.
Kitchen tweezers may seem like an unnecessary, restaurant-only kitchen tool for placing and removing the smallest or most delicate ingredients. But they are incredibly useful in the home kitchen as well. Here are some of the best uses for tweezers in your kitchen.
Baking cups are great for keeping muffin tins clean, but sometimes the muffins stick to them, leaving behind parts of your muffin and leaving them looking mangled. Here's a quick tip to make your muffin liners nonstick!
Squeeze bottles give you easy access to the most-used ingredients in the kitchen—and also help give you more precision when you're adding ingredients to recipes. Here are a few simple ways to use squeeze bottles in your kitchen.
Here's a foolproof way to keep your refrigerator from absorbing strong smells and smelling like leftover food: charcoal briquettes.
Boilovers can cause a real mess in the kitchen and can even ruin a recipe, costing you time and money. Here's a simple way to reduce the likelihood of pot boilovers—it's not foolproof, so make sure to keep your eye on the stove.
Keep your pie crust from sticking to your counters and stop chasing your pie crust around when rolling it out with this simple tip.
Ever cut into an avocado that felt ripe to the touch, only to discover that it wasn’t? Here’s an easy way to test your avocado for ripeness without cutting up the fruit.
One of the best kitchen tools is the bench knife (also known as a pastry or dough scraper). It’s a baker’s best friend and performs many tasks. Here are a few ways to use one in your kitchen.
Have you ever turned on your mixer to whip some cream and—OOPS—got distracted and forgot about it, only to return to clumpy, overwhipped cream? Don't throw it out...make butter!
The way you whip and fold egg whites or whipped cream into batters is crucial to the success of your baked goods. A rubber spatula is the most common tool used to fold ingredients, but there's one that does the job even better. See our tip for how to fold whipped ingredients into batters for baking success.
A springform pan can be used for more than just cheesecakes! How about baking cinnamon and other sweet rolls in the pan for easy release and serving?
Whether you're in the kitchen cooking alone or with someone else, it’s hard to keep track of which pans are hot. Prevent burns from hot pans with this quick tip.
Tired of splatters from a hand mixer? Use this quick tip to make your own DIY shield to protect you (and your clothes) from splatters and splashes—and keep your kitchen cleaner!
Balsamic syrup tastes sweet and looks great as a garnish to drizzle on and flavor salads, appetizers and main dishes—you can even use it as a syrup for desserts! Here's a quick way to make balsamic syrup from inexpensive grocery-store balsamic vinegar.
Most chefs cut onions in a very specific fashion—its similar to the technique here with one difference. They make a horizontal cut into the onion halves. It puts your fingers at risk and no one’s ever given a good reason for making that extra cut—except that it’s how they were taught in culinary school. Here's an equally effective way to chop onions.
Buttering and flouring a pan can help your baked goods release cleanly-but can leave a white film on chocolate-based desserts. Here's a super-quick tip to solve this problem.
Eating hot chiles is one thing, but preparing and chopping them can present a whole new set of challenges—especially for your hands. Here's a way to stop the chile pepper burn.
Cutting cheesecake with a knife can leave a real mess behind—and can really butcher your cheesecake slices. Here's a simple tip to cut perfect cheesecake slices with a basic household item you're sure to have.
Make soup, stock and broth-making a breeze by putting your pasta insert to use! Clean up is a breeze and yet another unitasker becomes a multi-purpose kitchen tool.
Do your potatoes start sprouting before you can use them all up? Here's a quick tip to keep your potatoes fresher for longer.
Freeze fresh spinach instead of buying frozen cooked spinach. The fresh flavor remains, and it's easy to prep when you need it—plus clean up is non-existent!
If you like your food spicy (or accidentally bite into something HOT), but don't want to deal with the pain for minutes after, try these remedies to stop the burn fast.
It's a well-known fact that cold cream whips better—but what do you do when you have a hot kitchen? Here's a few tips and tricks to ensure your heavy cream stays cold so you can make perfect whipped cream every time.
Sometimes you just don’t have time to chill your sauces, broths, stocks and other liquids to easily skim the fat. Here's a time-saving hack to skim the fat quickly using something you're sure to have in your kitchen.
Pearl onions are about the size of a grape and have a mild flavor. They can be cooked (they are often creamed) and served as a side dish, pickled, or used as a condiment or garnish. Because they’re so small, it can be a tedious job to remove their papery skin. Here's a quick and easy way to remove the skins from pearl onions.
Your kitchen shears probably get a good amount of use—but they are the last kitchen tool you might think to sharpen! Here's an easy way to sharpen your kitchen shears.
Sometimes enriched yeast doughs can be sticky, making them tough to cover to rise/proof. Here's a simple trick to create a tent for your rolls and breads to prevent sticking.
Even after cleaning with hot, soapy water, wooden cutting boards can still have a pungent odor. Here's a simple tip to freshen your cutting boards and reduce lingering odors.
Having a flour shaker handy when preparing doughs and baked goods is helpful to successful baking—it rations the flour you're using, allowing for a light dusting, and helps keep your hands out of your flour container.
An accurate thermometer is crucial to your cooking and baking success! Thermometers come in handy for all types of recipes, from frying and testing meat for doneness to baking bread and making candy. Here's an easy way to test your thermometer for accuracy—no special equipment required!
Want those crisp, clean edges on your perfectly square brownies? Turn to your pizza wheel to make your brownies look like they came straight out of the bakery.
Hate those soggy greens you always find swimming at the bottom of a bowl of dressed salad? Follow this simple tip to keep your salad fresh, avoid overdressing and prevent those soggy salad greens.
Frosting can sometimes lose its luster after it's been applied to a cake and allowed to set. Here's how to revive it, bring it back to life and make it shiny again.
Preserve your summer tomatoes with this technique to dry in the oven—you can even preserve them in olive oil and herbs for more flavor.
Cleaning a Bundt pan can be a pain! Use this quick tip for pouring batters to avoid the center tube to keep it mess-free from the start.
Want to cut down your prep time when making cabbage rolls? Follow this simple tip for a no-cook way to prepare your cabbage leaves for stuffing.
Want to amp up the flavor of your chicken and pan sauce/gravy? Use this simple tip to incorporate vegetables into your roasting pan for better roast chicken.
No piping bag? No problem! Use this simple how-to to create a piping/pastry bag out of a standard kitchen staple, parchment paper.
If you have a hot kitchen and/or don't have a marble slab for pastry- and candy-making, here's a simple hack to keep your ingredients cold using a common kitchen item.
A frosting dam helps keep your filled layer cakes looking clean and professional. Here's the simple technique to make a frosting dam when assembling and decorating cakes.
Assembling and decorating a layer cake can be challenging, especially if your cake is slipping and slidding around when you frost it! Here's a super-simple tip to keep your cake stabilized—plus it helps make cutting the cake easier.
Some recipes require extended periods of whisking, such as hollandaise or when making whipped cream by hand. Use this easy tip to whisk by hand with fewer tired hands and sore muscles.
Clarified butter is an indispensable cooking ingredient—it's pure butterfat, void of milk solids. This makes the smoke point higher and prolongs the shelf life. Follow this simple step-by-step tutorial on how to make clarified butter.
Meringue can be a challenge—it sticks to your knife and tears, usually messing up your beautiful pie or cake. While it's still tasty, try this quick trick to cut through meringue cleanly every time, leaving perfect slices of pie or cake to serve.
Company was on its way, and you need to polish some silver STAT! Pull that toothpaste out of the bathroom and put it to use in another way with this simple tip.
A tea infusion spoon/ball may seem like just another unitasker in the kitchen, but with this quick baking tip, you can use it for more tasks.
Don't toss those overripe bananas! Throw them in the freezer instead so you always have ripe bananas on hand for baking or smoothies. Use this simple tip for a less-mess, faster way to freeze and thaw bananas.
Do your pie crust edges brown too fast? You can certainly buy a pie crust shield, but they can be hard to arrange on top of the pie and sometimes don't fit. You can make a DIY version that's sure to fit any pie! See this simple tip to make a DIY pie crust shield.
Need an extra hand to pour stocks, sauces, soups and other liquids into bags to freeze? Use this tip for mess-free pouring to help!
For quick and easy cookie decorating, turn to your silverware drawer! Use a fork to drizzle and drip glazes and frostings on desserts—no special decorating tools required!
Looking for new ways to use this previous unitasker? The sharply serrated edges come in handy for quite a few kitchen tasks. Check out our tips for other ways to use a grapefruit spoon.
Want an easy way to store all that butter you stocked up on at the bulk stores or when it was on sale? Use this handy storage tip to keep your butter fresh for longer.
When serving ice cream for a big group, don't scoop at the last minute as your guests anxiously await their turn for a frozen treat! Pre-scoop your ice cream and store in the freezer until you're ready to serve with this quick kitchen tip.
Meatballs take time to shape by hand and are rarely consistent in size. Use a small ice cream scoop to make perfectly round meatballs of the same size.
Instead of lemon wedges, you can garnish with fancy lemon wheels and twists. Here's a step-by-step guide for how to make lemon wheels.
Unflavored dental floss is often better than a knife to cleanly cut all kinds of soft foods—soft cheese, rolled dough, layered cake and cheesecake. It's a multi-purpose kitchen tool!
Your pastry blender can be used for more than pies and pastries—it's perfect for chopped avocados and eggs for salad.
Many recipes use crushed peppercorns as pepper is an indispensable flavoring in cooking. If you're a frequent cook and need crushed peppercorns en masse, or don't have a pepper grinder or mortar and pestle, this tip is for you!
A common cake-assembling hassle is cutting cakes into even layers. Here's a simple and easy trick to ensure even cake cake layers every time.
Have you ever overheated your chocolate, causing it turn into a grainy lump? This is called seizing and there's a way to save it! Use this quick tip to make your seized chocolate smooth again.
Here's a fast and easy way to check an apple's freshness—this technique doesn't bruise the apple for the next person!
Do your seeds and whole spices go all over the place when you're chopping? Here's a simple trick to keep seeds and spices contained on your cutting board.
Do your BLTs lack a little something or constantly fall apart as you're eating them? Try this simple hack to make the perfect sandwich.
Skinning nuts like pistachios, hazelnuts, or almonds at home may seem like a daunting task, but it's simple and easy with this tip.
Want to mellow the harsh bite of raw garlic? Use this tip to tame its pungent flavor and get the most out of this culinary staple.
Looking for an easy way to peel garlic? Use this quick kitchen tip to help you peel garlic without having to smash it with a knife.
There's no need for harsh chemicals to clean your copper. Two simple pantry staples will do the job with this quick tip for cleaning copper.
Hate having a unitasker kitchen tool taking up space in your drawers? Turn that egg slicer into a multi-use kitchen gadget with these other uses, from soft fruit to mushrooms.
Whether you have a recipe collection that is clipped out of magazines or newspapers, or handwritten on scraps of paper, create a family heirloom cookbook by keep all of your recipes at your fingertips by binding them in a photo album.
Have you ever had an "uh-oh" moment when measuring ingredients for baking when you can't remember if you added the baking powder? Did you add the cinnamon and nutmeg? Here's an easy trick to keep track of all of your ingredients to ensure your baked goods come out perfectly every time.
Here's a mess-free way to pound chicken breasts or other meats for cutlets or scallopine-no flimsy wax paper or plastic wrap necessary!
If you have a hard time finding a suitable environment to allow your yeast dough to rise in, especially during cold winters, this tip gives the dough everything it needs to make it proof quickly and easily. It just takes a couple mixing bowls, hot water and your oven!
Removing seeds after roasting peppers can be difficult—and messy! Use this simple kitchen hack to roast peppers after you've seeded and quartered them for easier clean-up and less mess.
Fruit teas are a great non-alcoholic option to serve at parties, but how do you decide which flavor to serve? Make a DIY flavored ice cube bar so your guests can pick their flavor.
So much work goes into peeling a kiwi with a paring knife or peeler—and often it leaves the flesh of your kiwi torn or misshapen. Here's a simple tip for how to peel kiwi with a spoon.
Pomegranate seeds are a wonderful addition to salads, sauces and garnishes, adding a punchy, bright flavor. But they can be difficult to remove the seeds from the pomegranate. Here's a clean and efficient way to seed a pomegranate in water
Use this mess-free way to remove corn from the cob with a Bundt pan.
If you don’t have a tool for zesting citrus, try this trick. It’s fast and doesn’t leave a lot of zest behind in the holes of the grater.
Peppers are a healthy and colorful addition to salads, stir-frys and many other dishes, but their unique curved shape makes them more difficult to cut. Use this safe method to julienne peppers of all shapes and sizes.
Here's a simple way to roast a head of garlic in the oven without foil.
Learn how to store fresh herbs to prolong their life with this easy, simple tip. This works for soft, fresh herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, oregano, and tarragon.
Juicing citrus fruit is pretty simple-and you don't even need to have a juicer! Here is the best way to juice any citrus to release the maximum amount of liquid.
Sticky ingredients, like honey, peanut butter, tahini and molasses, can be tricky to measure-and often leave a mess behind in the measuring cup. Here's a simple trick for mess-free measuring.
Soups, stocks and sauces can really benefit from fresh herbs, but you may not always have cheesecloth on hand. Here's a quick tip to use a tea infuser (also called tea ball) to make an herb sachet.
We all know that ginger is fibrous, and can be tricky to peel and mince. Here's a tip to easily peel and mince ginger while leaving the fiber behind.
Here's what to look for when buying vanilla beans and the easiest way to open and de-seed them for using in cooking and baking.
This technique for peeling a whole head of garlic is simple and quick, proving that peeling garlic doesn’t have to be a chore.
Make quick work out of crushing cracker crumbs with this easy kitchen tip.
Use this helpful tip for how to juice key limes next time you plan to make a pie! Key limes are smaller in size and firmer than regular limes, making them harder to juice, but not any longer with this helpful kitchen tip.
If you love fresh, never-frozen salmon but can't use it the same day you buy it, this tip will show you how to keep your fillets straight-from-the-market fresh for up to two days.
Avocados are a favorite ingredient in many dishes, but once cut they turn brown quickly. Use this simple DIY tip to keep avocados and other fruits and veggies from turning brown.
Bean sprouts add wonderful texture to dishes like chop suey, but they're susceptible to spoilage. Learn how to keep them fresh with these simple tips.
It's safe to say that removing the shell from hard-cooked eggs can be one of the most frustrating things to do in the kitchen. With this easy tip, you'll no longer consider throwing in the towel.
Measuring sticky ingredients, such as honey or peanut butter, can be frustrating. This tip turns a sticky situation into a stress free solution.
Salt is an effective preservative for many foods, and that's no secret. Here's a DIY way to make your feta taste fresher, longer!
If you love ginger but always end up throwing it out before using it all up, look to this tip for a way to save it.
What is the difference between the flat cut and the point cut of a beef brisket?
Clams are quick to prepare and cook but they can be really off-putting if you bite down on gritty sand. Follow the quick tip below for sand-free seafood.
Never cooked with a parsnip? Check out the information below on how to select and prepare them.
Sometimes our kitchen tools fail us, that's where this tip comes in.
Ever wonder what's the best way to rehydrate dried mushrooms?
Do you get frustrated trying to cut noodle-style dumplings? If so, check out this tip.
Looking for a way to clean and prolong the life of mushrooms? Look to this simple tip.
Ditch the gloves and pull out your vegetable peeler. There's more than one way to seed a jalapeño.
Look to this quick, mess-free tip for crushing peppermint candies.
Put this simple tip into action any time you're puréeing hot liquids in a blender.
Cooking grits (and polenta) is as easy as can be. Keep reading for a play-by-play on cooking up this simple staple.
Add some flare to your mashed potatoes with this easy tip.
Prevent cut apples from turning brown with this simple tip.
Peeling garlic can be a sticky, time-consuming mess. Follow this simple tip to make your life a bit easier.
This Test Kitchen-approved tip is a simple way to add flavor to rice. Just a quick addition to the pot and you'll up the ante of plain cooked rice.
No more fussing with fresh ginger. When you need grated fresh ginger, and need it fast, turn to this test kitchen-approved tip.
Oil your grill grates and add tons of flavor with this easy Test Kitchen-approved tip.
Avoid getting bugs or sand in your drinks while enjoying time outside with a simple trick using a kitchen staple.
Find the hot spots on your grill with this super simple trick. Plus, you end up with some tasty grilled bread!
Learn how to store kitchen string in an easy to use manner that also keeps it clean while cooking!
Learn how to make homemade vegetable stock and decrease food waste with this simple how-to tip.
Keep hard cooked eggs and fresh eggs separated with this simple, and beautiful, test kitchen-approved tip.
With this simple tip of freezing cookie dough, freshly baked cookies are are just minutes away at all times!
Make the best-ever roasted vegetables with this simple kitchen hack.
Do you have a bundle (or a bushel) of rhubarb? Make sure you're preparing it correctly with these easy tips!
Make hard-boiled eggs without the shell using this genius tip, and skip the messy hassle of peeling.
Make better casseroles and avoid any mess when baking with this simple and innovative trick!
Not sure if your baking powder is still good to use? Check out this simple how-to trick to determine if it is still good to use.
Make easy work of thinly shredding cabbage with this quick trick that saves time and hassle.
This simple and easy to do cutting board tip helps keep fruit tasting fresh — not oniony or garlicky.
Save money and cut down on prep time with this simple tip for buying and storing produce in bulk.
With this simple trick, and a bit of thinking ahead, you can save time, and mess, when baking.
Keep your chocolate from scattering about when chopping with this simple knife swap.
Rather than throwing out the liquid left after steaming vegetables, put it to good use in this flavorful and healthy trick!
Keep your pancakes hot while you cook multiple batches with this unique tip that doesn't require the oven!
With this simple tip, have healthy treats on hand at all times for when your sweet tooth hits!
Can't seem to use up fresh mushrooms before they go bad? Stop wasting and start saving with this tip for freezing!
Enjoy warm bread throughout your entire meal with this simple trick for keeping bread warm longer!
It's the season of candy making! This simple trick is sure to make candy making easier on you!
Candied cranberries make a festive garnish to holiday dishes this time of year. Best of all, it's simple to do!
Baking this classic treat is usually a time consuming task, but not anymore with this simple trick!
Don't let that leftover vegetable tray go to waste. Make the most of the veggies with these creative ideas!
With this trusty tip in mind trussing the turkey legs together this year will be easy as can be!
Homemade broth ups the flavor ante in any recipe that calls for broth, making it is easy with this tip!
Seeding squash can be a messy task. Not anymore with this quick tip that uses a unique kitchen tool.
Make perfect pancakes every time with this no-mess, easy-to-do tip that uses one simple gadget.
Stop the constant battle of separating and peeling garlic cloves with this simple test kitchen-approved tip!
Make perfect rice every time with this easy and simple-to-do tip that ensures perfectly cooked and fluffy.
Limp celery isn't hopeless, save your stalks and crisp them up with this simple and easy-to-do tip.
Stop fighting with your measuring cup and get baking with this simple and helpful trick that makes measuring shortening easier.
Find yourself eating breakfast alone once everyone else has eaten? Use this simple trick so everyone can eat together!
Keep those empty spice bottles on hand and make your life a bit easier in the kitchen with these eco-friendly tips!
If you've ever found yourself in the midst of baking and realize your brown sugar is hard, use this tip to keep the baking alive.
Avoid getting potent spice from chiles on your fingers while chopping with this simple kitchen hack.
When it comes to baking, it's important to use the right tools for measuring out ingredients, learn how!
Mincing garlic is a common kitchen job, but make it easier, and less messy with this tasty tip.
Find yourself in a pinch with frozen meat and dinner closing in? Use this tip to speed up thawing time!
Zucchini seem endless in the summer, but come winter they're pretty sparse. Follow this tip for zucchini all year long.
Keep summer sweet and extend the life of your fresh berries all summer long with these easy-to-do storage tips.
Save your fresh summer basil with a simple and easy-to-do trick that will have you enjoying basil year-round!
Stop wasting tomato paste or chipotles in adobo with this tip on how to make the most of those half-empty cans.
Want to give your yeast dough a bit of a boost? Use this tip to help it rise.
Don't let fresh spinach go to waste anymore with these tips on how to best store your leafy greens.
Need zest for a recipe, but don't have a zester? No problem, use another kitchen tool to get the job done!
Ease the cheese mess when grating cheese with this simple tip that will save time and stress.
Get capers out of the jar without dumping out all of their brining liquid with this simple trick!
Save time, mess and waste in the kitchen with a gadget that's much more versatile than its name implies.
Save time and hassle by using this quick tip for storing freshly squeezed lemon juice and fresh-cut lemon slices.
Keep your spring asparagus fresher longer with these 3 tips on how to store them until you're ready to cook!
Learn how to segment, or suprême, your citrus fruit like a pro for stunning and impressive presentation.
Find yourself in a pinch when your realize a recipe calls for softened cream cheese? If you need to soften cream cheese to room temperature in a hurry, use this simple tip!
These four easy steps demystify carving a cooked chicken into separate pieces and makes serving easier.
Find it hard to break open jars of pickles or roasted red peppers? This trick makes opening those pesky jars easier!
Stop throwing away precious fresh pineapple with this helpful tip that that cuts down on waste.
Getting all of the tomato paste out of the can proves to be tricky, well not anymore with this slick trick!
Leeks can be challenging to clean, especially if you want to keep the leek in tact. Use this tip to do both!
This fool-proof tip makes cooking pasta a cinch every time. Keep this tip on hand for pasta night.
You don't need a heart-shaped pan to bake up a festive cake. This simple method makes Valentine's Day dessert a cinch.
Make the most of your chips, while adding a little beautification to your party table, with this super simple tip.
Quit throwing away fresh herbs and get ahead on prep with this great storage tip that will save you money and time.
Learn this simple trick to quickly, easily, and safely clean a cheesy box grater, without cutting your hand or chewing up your sponge in the process.
Can you freeze blue cheese? Don't let expensive blue cheese go to waste, and always have some on hand with this simple tip for long-term storage.
This quick tip makes eating your greens easier and cleaner. Now there's really no reason to skip the greens!
Get the low-down on shrimp and become a pro on peeling, deveining, and prepping shrimp for any recipe or occasion.
Make easier work of mincing fresh herbs — and avoid bruising — with this tip that utilizes kitchen essentials.
Are you planning to prepare oysters for the holidays? Do so safely and efficiently with these instructions.
Keep your treats tasting delicious and looking great this holiday season with these tips on how to properly store them.
This quick, simple-to-do, tip demystifies and makes easy work of preparing fresh mango for any kind of recipe.
If you're looking to get that smoky flavor of roasted peppers, check out this quick-and-easy tip on how to roast poblanos.
Need stale bread in a pinch? Use this quick tip and get your dressing prepared in no time.
Don't fret over bacon grease anymore. With this quick tip for oven-roasted bacon, you'll have perfectly cooked bacon and minimal clean up.
Make easier work of chopping unruly leafy greens with this simple tip that only requires a resealable plastic bag.
Make the most of left over Halloween candy with this tip that revamps an old tried and true recipe.
Stop the burn and save your fingers with this simple kitchen tip for seeding and cleaning out hot chile peppers.
Clean out a small cooking pumpkin or winter squash efficiently and safely with this common kitchen item.
Ensure perfectly crisp and tender bacon-wrapped appetizers with this easy-to do and make-ahead tip.
It can be tricky to clean out bell peppers without feeling wasteful. Here's how to do it easily, and avoid losing much pepper flesh.
Simplify frying, especially when you're without a deep-fat thermometer, with this trick for checking the oil temperature.
Preparing greens just got a whole lot easier with this simple trick. Now there's no excuse for not eating your veggies!
With our new Mexican book in hand; perfect seeding, peeling, cutting, and ripening avocados with these quick tips.
Make the most of peaches while they are at their peak in the season with these tips on how to ripen and store them.
Make use of gingerroot with this quick tip that allows you to have fresh grated ginger on hand at all times!
This quick tip will save frustration and time in the kitchen. Not to mention, it may even save a few fingers!
Do you have brown lettuce in your refrigerator? Utilize your greens before they are a total loss with this recipe tip.
Find cutting hard cooked eggs to be messy and inefficient? With a simple tool, this task will become simple and easy!
With sweet corn season in full bloom, save time shucking with this simple to-do tip that uses something from your desk.
De-clutter the picnic table and organize hot dog toppings with this simple tip using a kitchen pan you already have.
Love ice cream but hate when it drips out of your cone? This fun trick with stop the dripping and adds a sweet surprise!
If you're going to grill ribs, you might as well grill for a crowd! If space is a little tighter on your grill than you'd like, here's a creative way to make room for even more meat. Ensure you have enough room on the grill with this quick tip.
An easy tip for imparting even more flavor into fish, meat, and vegetables during grilling this summer season.
If fresh melon is a mainstay for your warm-weather eating, here's a great way to simplify cutting them.
Don't cry over spilled oil. This simple trick makes cleaning up oil easy and quick, plus you already have everything you need!
Improper storage of berries can cause waste, these simple tips will keep your blackberries fresher longer.
Stop snapping and start tapping. Fresh asparagus is a treat this time of year so get the most out of each stalk with this easy tip.
This quick tip keeps brown sugar fresh and soft, while also keeping things tidy by using something often thrown away.
Utilize the grill while it's hot and cook up a tender ear of corn without charring the sweet yellow kernels.
The fennel season (fall through spring) is nearly over, so grab this slightly sweet plant while you still can. With this quick tip, you won't waste a bit!
Want to enjoy fresh mint with your iced tea or lemonade? Get the most flavor out of the fresh herb with this simple trick.
That strawberry huller that's been sitting in the drawer far too long now has another use. Check out how else to use it!
Can't seem to eat pineapple fast enough? Waste no more and keep your pineapple fresh with this simple tip for storing fresh pineapple.
Keep dishes from getting soggy with this quick and easy tip for eliminating excess liquid from sauerkraut.
No need for knives and cutting boards. Check out this no muss, no fuss way to cut canned tomatoes in no time.
Here's a simple, fuss-free way to keep your frozen peas and other vegetables from becoming big icy clumps.
Use this simple tip to remove the zest from lemons so you'll have fresh citrus zest of any size in no time.
So you forgot to take your eggs and butter out of the fridge in time for your baking adventure...we've all been there! Here's a quick and easy way to bring eggs and butter up to room temperature any time you need them.
Here's a safe and easy way to drain water or oil from canned seafood and meats.
Here's a great tip for convenient and safe overhead storage of items with lids such as slow cookers and pot and pans.
Here's a simple and great tip to keep your gadgets and other kitchen tools looking and working great!
Here's an easy way to crumble feta cheese (and other block cheeses such as blue), without the mess! This simple and creative kitchen tip makes easy work of both crumbling cheese and storing it in a clean manner.
Always have fresh garlic on hand with this quick tip that cuts down on prep time and makes mincing a breeze.
Do you have an open bottle of wine you would like to finish later? Here's a convenient tip to recork a bottle.
Are you looking for a new way to top a pie crust that is fun and easy? Here's a great tip you'll want to use again and again.
Especially during the holidays, do you feel there never seems to be enough room in your refrigerator for everything?
Instead of brushing the dirt off of the individual mushrooms, here's a way to easily wash them.
Does your recipe call for prebaking a pie crust? Here's a great tip that answers why and how to blind bake!
There is no need to spend time cutting off each kale leaf. Use this quick tip to remove kale leaves from the stem with ease.
Looking for an easy way to slice vegetables and get professional looking results? See how to cut slices of uniform thickness.
Here's a helpful tip to achieve a texture that's perfect for filling manicotti with ease every time.
Spread batter, filling, and frosting with ease using this practical kitchen tool that comes in many sizes.
Roasting garlic brings out its mellow sweet side and reduces its pungency. Roast garlic perfectly using this tip.
Do you find supreming citrus to be a tricky endeavor? Follow this simple tip to have beautiful segments every time.
Hard winter squashes can be a challenge to cut. Here's a quick way to slice through them like butter.
Keep leftover bread from going to waste while making for better bread crumb toppings with this simple tip.
Have a recipe that calls for citrus juice, but not the zest? Save it by using this tip, and you'll always have a supply on hand.
Coconut appears in many forms in this slab pie. Here's the code to cracking what each product has to offer.
Rendering is a simple technique used to melt fat from diced meat. The result? Crispy perfection.
Never seem to have enough clips to secure open bags of rice, beans, etc.? Here's a clever way to keep them fresh.
Here's the low-down on natural-casing hot dogs, what exactly they are, and what makes them so delicious.
Zucchini makes a fresh addition to any late-summer dish. While it holds a lot of water, it couldn't be simpler to remove it.
As soon as they're cut open, avocados start to brown. Here's how to delay the inevitable, at least for a little while.
The system of numbering shrimp isn't standardized, so how do you know what size to buy? Here's what we suggest.
Don’t always use an entire package of bacon at once? Freeze it so it lasts longer, using this tip to keep the strips separate. You can then defrost individual slices depending on how many you need.
Ice cream season is officially in full swing. Leave the scoop in the drawer and use a different utensil for easier serving.
Good either for finger food or a full meal, sliders are perfect party food. Here's an efficient way to cook them.
Fries seasoned simply with salt and pepper are already good — but these three flavor variations are even better.
Need to slice a large volume of strawberries in a short amount of time? This tip will have you done in a snap!
Nobody likes soggy-tipped asparagus. Keep your spears fresher longer with this quick and simple tip.
Plank cooking is a method that's been around for ages, and for good reason. Here's the down-low on the basics.
If pasta salad is on the menu, use this simple tip for chilling the pasta fast so you can get to partying.
Ditch the plain ole' ice cubes and cool down a classic brunch-time cocktail by freezing and tossing in something with more flavor.
Working with a head of fresh cabbage can be slightly intimidating, but fear no more — here’s what to do.
Canned coconut milk spoils quickly, so instead of letting it go to waste, use this tip to take care of any left over.
Rice noodles can be easy to overcook, but it's easy to make sure they come out perfect. The key is not to actually boil them.
For tender scones that aren't overworked, let your cheese grater do the heavy lifting when it comes to the most crucial element.
How you measure flour can have a dramatic effect on the amount that ends up in a recipe. Here's how to do it properly.
No kitchen tool is truly one-note. Here's a way to put your cake decorating kit to a new and different use.
The secret to a perfect roasted chicken lies in how it's prepared prior to roasting. Here are the tips you need for success.
Here's a way to recycle empty spice bottles — shaking flour out for pizza dough (or other baking needs) has never been easier.
Can't get enough of those warehouse store deals? Here's how to make sure at least one bulk item doesn't go to waste.
To get the most fruit out of fresh mango, it helps to know what's going on under the skin. Here's how best to slice and dice it.
With a little planning ahead and just a bit of work, you can thaw and marinate frozen meat — at the same time.
Hate opening a whole package of bacon just to use a couple slices at a time? With this tip, no bacon will go to waste.
Ever get a sudden craving for banana bread, but with no soft, overripe fruit in sight? Try this simple tip!
Instead of trying to make diced avocado end up looking attractive, try this tip for getting it out of the skin intact.
Never know what to do with that leftover half-loaf of garlic bread? Here's how to keep it around for more delicious uses.
Not all tofu is created equal, and it's more versatile than you think. Here are the types you'll find and how to use them.
Fresh ginger freezes well, but so it keeps its impact and to give it the tiniest punch of Asian-inspired flavor, try this storage tip.
Love serving shrimp at parties, but unsure what to do once the bed of ice starts to melt? Here's a delicious solution.
Eggnog is simple to make and can be used in lots of tasty ways, any time of year. Here are a few inspiring ideas.
Ensure flavorful fresh herbs all year long, and don't let any go to waste, with this tip for storing them for quick use.
Quickly cut pineapple into bite-sized pieces with these simple steps — no fancy coring equipment needed.
Decorating Wellingtons with cutouts of puff pastry may seem fussy, but it looks like a million bucks. Here's how to do it.
Don't have a fat separator? Here's another, super simple way to separate fat from drippings or gravy.
Looking for other fresh ways to enjoy Mexican food at home? Try this tip for making your own taco shells.
Use this quick tip to help get your batches of cookies in and out of the oven faster, without having to cool the baking sheet.
There's a trick to keep your mushrooms from becoming soggy when you are trying to brown them.
Did you know that there are two ways you can smoke salmon? Find out more facts about smoking salmon here.
Learn a quick trick of the trade when it comes to cutting perfect sections of citrus fruits for your recipes.
For cheeseburger soup, a cracker topping just won't do. Make these easy fried shoestring fries instead.
Tired of squeezing citrus only to get a little juice? It's easy to get the most out of your limes with this fast tip.
What type of chocolate melts best? Learn how to melt chocolate for cakes, brownies, and other desserts—whether you have a microwave, a double boiler, or neither!
These two tips in one make your time in the kitchen quicker and easier. Click to read more about useful tips for bamboo skewers.
There's no need for a knife or cutting board with this tip. You can easily slice olives for salads, pastas, or pizzas in no time at all.
Cut down on the mess of buttering sweet corn with this tip. It's quick, easy, and fun for cooks of all ages!
With this quick and easy tip, there's no more mess to dread when it comes to cutting cutlets.
Don't let that last bit of meat go to waste. With this tip, you can easily remove everything from the shell.
Having trouble forming burgers? With this easy tip, your burgers are sure to come out even every time.
Keeping your food properly chilled at a get-together is important for the safety of yourself and your guests.
Learn to quickly cook bacon without the hassle of pan-frying. The oven gets the job done with a fraction of the mess.
In a recipe as simple as ice cream, each ingredient counts. Learn exactly how each one helps achieve your best batch.
Curious on how to achieve the perfect cooked meat? From turning to temperatures, we have the guide for you.
Don't toss all your cauliflower for a few brown spots on the outside — here's how to quickly and easily remove them.
No matter how you go about it, toasting coconut immediately pumps up the flavor of whatever dish you add it to.
Here's a quick way to clean your coffee grinder and eliminate odors, so you can use it for something else, like spices or nuts.
Tired of corn scattering all over the kitchen when you cut it off the cob? Here's an easy way to keep it corralled.
The anatomy of a mango makes it a little tricky to dice, but this quick method makes the process simple.
Save the plastic containers used for fresh fruit like strawberries — they can be used again to keep other foods fresher.
There are many different varieties of ham. What distinguishes them, and which should you roast for Easter dinner?
These basic steps ensure your asparagus is prepped and ready for whatever way you prefer to serve it.
Ginger is a favorite flavor all over the world, and for good reason. Here's what you need to know about selecting and using it.
This one easy step before freezing tortillas will keep them from fusing together, so you can pull out just as many as you need.
Have you ever whipped cream to serve with a dessert, only to end up with extra? Here's how to not let it go to waste.
Nothing's better than fresh-baked scones. Here's how to have the right amount ready at a moment's notice.
Pita chips are a natural for dips like this week's Greek spanakopita dip. Here's how to make your own from purchased pitas.
Here's a way to keep your fingers safe when slicing small foods — using items you have elsewhere in your house.
One big cheesecake looks impressive, but these other baking options make elegant miniature cheesecakes meant for one.
Have trouble getting rid of stubborn stains left by certain foods (such as beets)? Here's an unbelievably simple trick!
Canned crabmeat comes in multiple varieties. Here's a quick rundown on their qualities, including how they differ.
Beets and other dark, juicy foods can leave stains behind on cutting boards. Here's how to prevent that from happening.
Have a hard time corralling your cookbook when making dinner? Keep it clean and out of the way with this simple tip.
With so many unique, attractive wine labels out there, it's hard to throw those bottles away. Keep a few for storing oils, instead!
Overnight breakfast casseroles are nice for serving a crowd, but how can you optimize that prime refrigerator space?
Do your favorite party foods tend to be sweet instead of savory? Here's a way to give your sweets a little holiday flair.
Pie weights work fine for weighing down the bottom of a pie crust — here's a way to keep the sides from sagging, too.
Turn to your sewing basket or kitchen utensil holder for unexpected tools that takes the guesswork out of reducing liquids.
Mashed potatoes keep OK in the fridge, but to make them last longer and so you can enjoy some any time, here's what to do.
Here's a quick way to improvise a lock for tongs that don't have one, using an object you probably have lying around.
It can sometimes feel like cheating to use canned foods instead of fresh, but in the case of pumpkin, it's OK.
Insulated baking sheets cook food evenly, but they can be pricey. Here's how to form a makeshift one at home.
You may have heard of hominy, but do you know how it's made? Here's a quick rundown on the puffy corn kernel.
Here's an environmentally friendly and easy way to remove excess grease from ground beef and sausage.
No matter how simple a pie recipe is, make the finished product look elegant with one quick decorating tip.
It can be challenging to keep hold of an onion when slicing and dicing. Here's a simple way to get a better grip.
A couple bad spinach leaves can ruin the whole bag. Here's how to store it to keep the leaves crisp and fresh longer.
Thin slices of meat pick up great flavor, cook quick, and stay moist. This trick makes it easy to thinly slice meat before cooking.
These days, many retailers remove pin bones from salmon, but in case they don't, here's how to find and remove them.
Silverskin is an extremely tough connective tissue commonly found on beef and pork tenderloins. Here's how to remove it.
The secret to soufflés is all in the egg whites. Keep them as light and air-filled as possible with this folding technique.
This traditional way to keep potatoes warm still works just as well as it did 50 years ago. Give it a try!
Fresh bread crumbs from a quality loaf can turn a dish from good to great. Here's how to have them at a moment's notice.
Mushroom gills are totally edible, but in some cases, they make a dish unsightly. Thankfully, removing them is pretty simple.
If you don't already know the best way to peel fresh peaches, this tip will change your outlook on cooking with the juicy fruit.
Vegetable peelers aren't just for peeling — here are a couple ways to use another part of the handy little tool.
Metal skewers are more attractive and economical than bamboo. Here's a way to store them that will keep your hands safe.
After peeling shrimp, don't just toss the shells! Here's a great way to put them toward future use.
When seasoning meat for the grill, keep it simple, but pay attention to the little details to get the best flavor and texture.
An easy skill to master, making brown butter is a simple way to give rich flavor to lighter foods like chicken, pasta, or vegetables.
Nothing beats the summer heat like fresh-brewed iced tea. Here's a simple way to make brewing easy!
Tired of chasing ground meat around the pan with the back of your wooden spoon? Try this tip for quicker mashing!
Don't despair over a dropped raw egg. Cleanup is easy with one simple ingredient that will help scoop the mess right up.
Though they share a name, Mexican and Mediterranean oregano are not necessarily created equal. Learn the difference here.
Stop struggling with stubborn skins and use this no-fuss method for peeling shallots and onions quickly and easily.
Even if the nearest ocean is miles away, it's still possible to find quality fresh fish. Just keep these basic tips in mind when selecting fresh fish.
Don't let all your hard work baking those treats go to waste — store and transport them safely with this quick tip.
Fresh from the pan, a whole chicken can be awkward (if not impossible) to handle. Here's a painless way to transport it.
Especially for meat with fattier skin, like chicken wings, oiling the grill grate is crucial so your food doesn't stick.
The name may suggest they're only good for one thing, but potato ricers make multiple cooking processes simpler.
Some yeast needs to be proofed before using, while other types allow you to skip the step. So what's the difference?
You'd be surprised how many recipes can be made in a slow cooker. Here's one crucial thing to note before getting started.
The soft, buttery texture of ripe avocado can make it difficult to work with. So dice it up while it's still in the skin, instead!
From the equipment, to the oil, to the narrow temperature window, many things go into that perfectly crisp home-fried coating.
Though they come in many varieties, these pans are specifically designed for one thing — to achieve the perfect popover.
Tomatillos are versatile and easy to cook with. A papery husk is all that stands between you and this sweet-tart fruit.
Love using fresh herbs, but worried the leftovers will go to waste? Here's a simple way to give them a satisfying second use!
Mussels cook quick and taste great with little prep, but cleaning and debearding them is crucial for the cooking process.
Shrimp and lobster tails curl naturally when cooked, and that's okay — but straightening them has both visual and practical purposes. Curl no more with this simple tip!
Toasted nuts add great flavor to cookies and other baked goods. Know when best to chop them, so they don't get unwieldy.
Soft cheeses, like mozzarella, often have a hard time holding up to a knife blade. Here's a tip for clean and easy slicing.
Fresh cranberries are plentiful this time of year, but if you're using frozen, know how to pick out the best ones.
Melting excess fat from pork and bacon is a simple yet crucial technique that ensures crisp, flavorful meat.
Manicotti tubes can be difficult to fill, but with lasagna sheets, this delicious stuffed pasta has never been simpler!
Removing chicken meat with your bare hands can be a messy, unwieldy process — but not anymore, with this simple tip!
These simple tips makes it easy to prepare potatoes ahead, by keeping them as fresh and white as when you peeled them!
Kitchen shears are a great tool for piercing stubborn packaging, but they also make short work of chopping dried fruit!
Here's a tip for getting the most fresh juice out of your citrus, with a kitchen tool you might not expect — the microwave!
Apples are great in pies, and to keep away those pesky doctors, but did you know they can also help other fruits ripen faster?
Tortillas are easier to roll or fold when they are warm. Store-bought tortillas lose moisture over time, but with this tip, it's easy to reheat tortillas without drying them out further.
Cantaloupe is the most popular type of melon, but how do you find one that tastes best? Here are some easy pointers!
It's the height of summer, and peaches are plentiful at farmer's markets — but how do you choose the best fruit? Here are a few pointers!
Buying frozen lemonade concentrate is easy, but so is making it yourself! Plus, it cuts out the high fructose corn syrup.
Fish sauce is a well-known Thai food staple, and it makes a great, salty addition to any Southeast Asian recipe.
Deveining shrimp, while partially a misnomer, is an important step in preparing perfect seafood. And it can be done in seconds!
Filling a pastry bag can sometimes be awkward when trying to cuff the bag over your hand. Here's an easy, mess-free tip to fill a piping/pastry bag. Save time on frosting prep and simplify your cupcake decorating process with this helpful tip for filling pastry bags.
Ground chicken can be difficult to find at the store, but it's easy to make yourself with a food processor and these simple tips.
Arugula is a versatile green with strong flavor and, when kept fresh, can be the highlight of any sandwich, salad, or pizza.
To achieve delicious results on the grill, a good sear is a must. Follow these five, simple steps to get the most flavor from your steak.
Don't let your garden tomatoes go to waste; with this tip for easy freezing, your tomatoes will last until you're ready to use them!
Make a mental note of this quick idea — it's a good way to maximize refrigerator space. Plus, it keeps lettuce fresher!
Here's a solution for freezing ground meat that doesn't take up much space and lets the meat thaw quickly when needed.
For the best results, keep these four straightforward points in mind when mixing and cutting shortcake dough.
Can't get enough of your favorite bacon recipe? Here's a simple tip that lets you enjoy it whenever you want.
Love tacos and nachos from fast-food restaurants? Give the ground beef you use at home the same smooth texture.
Is guacamole on the menu for your fiesta? Here's a trick that provides the perfect texture ... plus a quick bonus recipe for perfect creamy guacamole!
Hesitant to serve the eggs that have been in your refrigerator for who knows how long? Give them this quick test.
For rich, savory sauces, get in the habit of deglazing your pan after sautéing meat. The technique couldn't be easier.
Are you at a loss if a recipe says to preheat the grill to medium-high? Here's how to eliminate the guesswork. (Yes, it's safe!)
Waste not! Put down that vegetable peeler and take out the silverware to get rid of pesky ginger skin without losing any ginger.
Do you like using freshly squeezed lemon juice in your recipes? With this tip, you'll get every last drop from your lemons.
Sometimes peeling garlic is a messy and difficult job. Make things easier (cleanup's a breeze!) with this quick tip.
Chances are tomatillos aren't your go-to ingredient or you don't use them often. Learn all about the berries with our tip.
Put almost-full cans of tomato paste to good use (and make things easy for your future self) with this efficient tip!
Cheese can harden and become difficult to grate long before it actually goes bad. Here's a great idea!
It's important to test soufflés or other baked goods for doneness. Here's a tip you'll want to keep in mind!
Don't put a recipe on hold because you're out of maple syrup. You can make your own in a matter of minutes!
Love tomatoes but hate seeding them? Here’s a tip for doing it quickly and efficiently.
Don't let cleaning vegetables hold up the rest of your prep. With this tip, your scallions will be ready in a snap.
If you find your pantry empty of bread crumbs, don't worry. This tip will save you a trip to the store.
Tired of dealing with frozen spinach? Get a better handle on drying spinach with this simple tip.
Coolers' insulating power doesn't just keep things cold. Optimize oven space in your kitchen on holidays by keeping your turkey hot using this technique.
Do you love caramel apples but your sweet, buttery coating won't stick? This simple tip comes to the rescue.
Some recipes call for meat to be marinated for a few hours in a dish—“turning occasionally” to penetrate all sides, but there's a better, less-mess way! Use this simple tip for better meat marination.
No Thai Basil? No problem! Here's an easily accessible substitute for Thai basil.
Stop scraping and start steaming your grill grates after cooking with this easy, creative grill cleaning tip.
Here are the grilling and BBQ tools we consider essential and always keep on hand in our Test Kitchen for grilling season. They make the job a lot easier!
Have leftover used vanilla bean pods? Don't toss them! Here's how to make homemade vanilla sugar from your spent vanilla pod.