Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts

What Cut of Meat Should You Use for Beef Stew?

Beef stew is one of the most cozy comforts you can dream of, perfect to warm up a cold night and leave you feeling loved. And the key, of course, to a good beef stew is tender, really beefy-tasting meat. You’ll find that in tough cuts with lots of connective tissue; over gentle, slow cooking, that tissue breaks down and […]

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How to Manage Habanero Heat

As peppers go, habaneros  are near the top of the capsaicin scale (the compound that contributes spicy heat). Try these techniques to take control of the flames. For maximum heat: Use the whole habanero. To lessen the heat just a little: Remove seeds. To bring heat down moderately: Shave away all inner membranes. To eliminate as much heat as possible: Blanch […]

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Go Get Your Press On: Cold Press vs. Centrifugal Juicers

Most juicers fall into one of two categories: centrifugal or cold-press. Centrifugal juicers rapidly spin produce against tiny blades. Cold-press juicers crush using 1,000 pounds of pressure. Check out the pros and cons for each. CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS PROS: • Works very quickly. • Easy to clean. • Works well with hard produce like broccoli and beets. • Affordable options available. […]

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Three New Chicken Breast Techniques You Need to Know

Skinless, boneless chicken breasts are wonderfully versatile. Sauté as is or cut into strips or cubes for quicker cooking bites. To get even more out of this cut, try these techniques. 1. Grind for Patties Cut breasts into 1-inch cubes. Place on a tray, and freeze until very cold and firm. Working in batches, fill food processor bowl halfway with […]

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Help Me, Kenji — Why Do I Need Tons of Water To Boil Pasta?

Q: Why do I need tons of water to boil pasta? A: Spoiler alert: You don’t. Before my wife and I were married, I remember seeing her standing stoveside, stirring our smallest pot. Much to my horror, she was cooking pasta. Surely with such a small volume of water, the pasta was going to be ruined! Any chef knows you […]

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6 Fabulous Uses for Perfectly Caramelized Onions

Sweet, creamy caramelized onions are the well-earned result of many precious minutes spent stirring and stirring over medium-high heat. They can’t be rushed—that’d be criminal–so you need to make sure you’re doing it right. Let Test Kitchen professional Katie show you how: Almost any dish is made better with a topping of caramelized onions, but some just really shine. Here, a few […]

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Help Me, Kenji — Can You Make Creamy Soups Without Cream?

Q: Can you make creamy soups without cream? A: Yes, and the result is even more delicious. The secret is a fancy-sounding but easy-to-understand thing called emulsion, which occurs when you force together two things that do not normally mix. For creamless pureed soup, those two things are oil and a water-based liquid (pureed vegetables). To get these natural enemies […]

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The Coolest (and Craziest) Way to Open a Champagne Bottle This New Year’s Eve

Each week this holiday season, we’re partnering with our Time Inc. sister brands Food and Wine, Health, MyRecipes, Real Simple, Southern Living, and Sunset to bring you everything you need for the holidays this year. ——- Opening a champagne bottle creates the most distinctive “pop!” Then, if you’re in good company, that’s followed by a round of applause and the clinking of […]

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3 Delicious Fruit Toppings for Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Each week this holiday season, we’re partnering with our Time Inc. sister brands Food and Wine, Health, MyRecipes, Real Simple, Southern Living, and Sunset to bring you everything you need for the holidays this year. ——- We all have our favorite biscuit toppers: honey, jam, fresh fruit. But before you can top your biscuits, you’ve gotta make them. Let our […]

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Identify Questionable Ingredients While You Shop with ipiit

For those worried about problem ingredients lurking in packaged products, ipiit is here (for iPhone and Android). Simply set your preferences—i.e., things you want to avoid, like gluten or aspartame—and scan bar codes while you shop. Ipiit lets you know whether or not the chosen food is “okay for you” based on your parameters. If a product isn’t in ipiit’s […]

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