Test Kitchen Tips

Our Test Kitchen is full of culinary experts who have picked up plenty of handy tricks and techniques over the years. Check out our favorite cooking tips that’ll make cooking and baking at home easier than ever.

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Coconut Cream vs. Coconut Milk: What’s the Difference?

Which should you choose at the grocery store: coconut cream or coconut milk? The full-fat or "lite" can? Here's a closer look at when to use each product.

How to Use a Pizza Stone

Love a homemade pie or even a frozen pizza? Anyway you slice it, learning how to use a pizza stone...

How to Tell If an Onion Is Bad

Do you know how to tell if an onion is bad? Better yet, do you know how to read the...

14 Mistakes You’re Making with Summer Berries

Whether you're making the rounds at the farmers market or heading out to the strawberry field, make the most of...

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How to Tell if an Egg Is Bad

Want to know how to tell if an egg is bad? The float test is a quick way to see...

Is It Really Safe to Eat Food That Has Freezer Burn?

Your package of frozen ground beef is covered with ice crystals, which isn't ideal. Now you're wondering if food with...

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What Is an Air Fryer? Here’s What It Really Does to Your Food

Air fryer recipes are sweeping the nation, but what is an air fryer and how does it work? Here's...

Can You Use Olive Oil Instead of Vegetable Oil?

Looking to switch to olive oil? Here's how to know if you can use olive oil instead of vegetable oil...

Does Olive Oil Go Bad?

Does olive oil go bad? In short, yes.

What Causes a Pan to Warp—and How Do I Fix It?

Have a warped pan at home? It's easy to fix—and prevent the problem from happening again.

If You See Floating White Stuff in Olive Oil, This Is What It Means

It's not unusual to find white stuff in olive oil. It could be that the oil has gone bad—or simply...

10 Simple Store-Bought Sugar Cookie Mix Hacks

Your cookies will look (and taste!) like they're made from scratch with these sugar cookie mix hacks.

This Baking Hack Shows You How to Measure Honey the Easy Way

You can measure honey (and other sticky ingredients) without a mess. Here's the trick!

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How to Make Your Refrigerator Smell Better with Vanilla Extract

You can banish that funky refrigerator aroma—here's how.

How to Use Bitters in More Than Just Cocktails

We talked to an expert to learn how to use bitters in more than just cocktails. Learn why you should...

How to Store Cauliflower the Right Way

If you want to make roasted cauliflower or cauliflower rice, it helps to know to store cauliflower to keep it...

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Can You Leave a Turkey Out to Thaw Overnight?

Here's everything you need to know about how not to thaw your bird before Thanksgiving.

How to Fix Gravy

Need to know how to fix gravy when it's too thick? Too thin? Too lumpy or gloppy? No worries—here's what...

How to Thicken Gravy

What's the best thickener to use? How do you prevent those dreaded lumps? We'll show you how to thicken gravy...

5 Red Wine Vinegar Substitutes

Don't have what you need in the pantry? Find the right red wine vinegar substitute on our list below.

Heavy Cream vs. Whipping Cream: Which Should You Buy for Your Recipe?

Confused about which type of cream to buy? Learn about heavy cream vs whipping cream so your recipe turns out...

What Is the Difference Between Baking and Roasting?

Many people use the terms interchangeably, but is there actually a difference between baking and roasting?

9 Secrets for Keeping Cold Food Fresh All Day Long

Keeping your potluck salads, sides and fresh vegetables cold during a picnic can be tricky. Here's how to keep even...

12 Major Grilling Safety Mistakes You Might Be Making

Keep our grilling safety tips in mind for a safe (and delicious) backyard barbecue.

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What Is 00 Flour?

Browsing the aisles and want to know what is 00 flour? We've got the answers and the delicious reason why...

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Here’s How to Make a Smoker With Your Grill

Looking for a shortcut to smokey, authentic barbecue? We'll show you how to make a smoker out of your grill and...

10 Secrets for Making Sweet Tea Only People From the South Know

"The South runs on sweet tea," one of my Southern friends says. It's not only a refreshing beverage, but a...

This Is Why Brick Ovens Make the Best Pizza

Brick ovens have been around for centuries, and for good reason—they produce uniquely spectacular pizzas. Get ready for a brief...

9 Tricks for Making the Best Homemade Pizza—Straight from a Chef

Want to make restaurant-quality pizza in your home oven? It's easy: Just follow these tips and tricks!

How to Pick the Best Green Beans

Here's what to look for when choosing the perfect green beans for a fresh summer potluck.

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How to Pick the Best Sweet Corn

Picking the freshest corn at a grocery store or farmer's stand might be even easier than you'd think.