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Test Kitchen Tips
The Taste of Home Test Kitchen has stumbled upon some genius cooking tips over the years. These clever ideas will help you make the most of your time in the kitchen.
What Are the Best Types of Fish for Frying?
Get an authentic fish and chips experience at home when you pick the right fish for frying.
How Long Do Spices Really Last?
It's hard to part with our beloved herbs, spices and blends—they help make our...
10 Sensational Food and Spice Pairings Every Home Cook Should Know
Every food needs spice, but some combinations work better than others. We've got the guide...
Cookies Too Crunchy? Soften Them Up with This Simple Tip
Save your next batch of crunchy cookies! We've got an easy tip to soften hard...
Avoiding Dry or Tough Meats in the Slow Cooker
Learn tips and tricks for avoiding dry meat in a slow cooker.
What To Do With Egg Whites
Just finished making custard or a cream pie? You might be wondering what to do...
What To Do With Egg Yolks
Ever wonder what to do with egg yolks after you're left with 2 (or 8!) after another...
How to Brown Butter (And Why You Definitely Should)
Consider this the home cook's guide on how to brown butter.
7 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Cooking Seafood
We've all ruined a perfectly good piece of fish at one time or another. These...
How to Read a Recipe the Right Way
Not following your recipe exactly could lead to a kitchen disaster. We're clearing up any...
Learn How to Make Extra Crispy Mashed Potatoes (Yes, You Read That Right!)
Crispy? Herby? Deliciously rich? We're going all in with these smashed potatoes.
Here’s the Right Way to Use Your Refrigerator’s Crisper Drawer
It's time to say goodbye to waste! Extend the life of your fruits and vegetables (...
Here’s What to Do With Produce That’s About to Go Bad
You buy all that fabulous produce with the healthiest intentions, but change your dinner plans...
Thought You Knew How to Eat a Cupcake? Turns Out, You’re Wrong!
Cupcakes are even more tasty when you use this simple trick.
How To Protect Your Food From Freezer Burn
Learn how to stop freezer burn in its tracks.
Are You Using the Right Type of Flour? Bookmark This Guide.
From all-purpose to self-rising, here's our guide to the different types of flour and when...
4 Stunning Ways to Flute Pie Crust
Looking for a stunning (and easy!) way to decorate your pies? Look no further!
Here’s the Secret to Light, Buttery Shortbread
For the best shortbread, it's all about simplicity in ingredients and closely following each step....
Which Type of Yeast Is Best for Your Bread? We Crack the Code.
Active or rapid rise? Fresh or instant? Find out which yeast is best for your...
Top 10 Ways to Jazz Up a Box of Mac and Cheese
On busy weeknights, let a box of macaroni and cheese come to the rescue! Gobble...
The Different Types of Food Coloring and When to Use Them
Learn the in's and outs of food coloring with this helpful guide.
10 Cooking Secrets from an Amish Kitchen
From secret ingredients to thrifty tricks, these traditional Amish cooking secrets will help anyone become...
Skip Cleaning Your Slow Cooker With This Trick
From making mouthwatering roasts to luscious cheesecakes, is there anything your slow cooker can't do?...
Is There Really a Difference Between Liquid and Dry Measurements?
People often ask us if they really need separate measuring cups for wet and dry...
8 Baking Secrets from Pro Pastry Chefs
Save time, mistakes, money and mess with baking tips from professional pastry chefs. Rescue burnt...
5 Kitchen Items That You Should Always Buy Cheap (And 5 You Should Splurge On!)
A serious home cook can't live without a pricey set of knives, but how much...
6 Ways to Avoid Soggy Lettuce
So long, sogginess! These tips and tricks will leave you with crisp, crunchy lettuce every time.
14 Pointers for Perfect Potatoes
Baked or fried, boiled or mashed, potatoes are a true comfort food. Here are tips...
Bouillon vs. Broth
Expert advice from Food Editor Karen Scales
10 Common Baking Problems and How to Fix Them
Is your latest bake less than perfect? Here's how to learn from your mistakes.
Leftovers: Keep or Toss?
Learn how long you can hold on to certain foodsand when it's time to trash them.
Is it possible to use light butter when baking?
Dear Peggy: I received the new Healthy Cooking magazine and ran across a bar that...