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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    How Much Turkey Do You Need Per Person?

    Sick of being unsure of how much turkey you need per person? This handy rule will make your Thanksgiving planning so much easier.

    10 Things You Should Put in Your Turkey That Aren’t Stuffing

    Wondering what to stuff the turkey with this Thanksgiving? Here are our top picks for ingredients that add flavor and...

    10 Mistakes You’re Probably Making When Cooking a Turkey

    Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful. But if you avoid these common mistakes when cooking a turkey, it'll be that...

    How to Thaw a Frozen Turkey Safely

    How long does it take for a turkey to thaw? Here's how you can thaw a turkey in the refrigerator,...

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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.

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    30+ Tips Every Baker Needs to Know for the 2022 Holiday Season

    The holiday season is when home bakers kick things into high gear. These holiday baking tips will help you create...

    Can You Freeze Spaghetti Squash?

    You can freeze spaghetti squash to save leftovers or make meal prep even simpler.

    How to Make Instant Mashed Potatoes Taste Better

    Instant mashed potatoes are easy and convenient. You don't need any special tools, and there's no peeling potatoes!...

    Do Tortillas Really Need to Be Refrigerated?

    Most people who've made Mexican food want the answer to the age-old question: "Do tortillas need to be refrigerated?" No,...

    How Long Do Potatoes Last?

    You have five pounds of potatoes in the pantry—or more! How long do potatoes last?

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    How to Prevent Your Pumpkin Pie from Cracking (and How to Fix It if It Does)

    Almost every baker has asked themselves, "why did my pumpkin pie crack?" Our baking pros answer this question and fill...

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    Does Pumpkin Pie Need to Be Refrigerated?

    Is it safe to leave your pie on the counter or does pumpkin pie need to be refrigerated? Here's what...

    Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes: What’s the Difference?

    Yams, sweet potatoes; tomato, to-mah-to...right? Turns out, there's a big difference between the two vegetables. Find out which one you...

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    How Long Do Hard-Boiled Eggs Last in the Fridge?

    You'll probably devour these protein-packed snacks long before the eggs go bad. Just in case, though, how long do hard-boiled...

    This Is the Right Internal Temperature of Cooked Chicken

    What's the correct temperature of cooked chicken? The answer should be pretty straightforward, but there's a lot of confusion out...

    How Long Does Bacon Last in the Fridge?

    You opened a package of bacon—but couldn't use it all. It happens! You can store bacon in the refrigerator or...

    How Long Does Cooked Chicken Last in the Fridge?

    So you cooked up a whole chicken and have leftovers—but how long does cooked chicken last in the fridge? Most...

    What Is Citric Acid and Why Should I Keep It in the Pantry?

    Citric acid is the secret to enhancing citrus flavor when baking and cooking.

    Does Vinegar Go Bad?

    This pantry staple leaves many consumers scratching their heads because its shelf-life is so unusual. So, does vinegar ever go...

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    Does Flour Expire? We Decided to Find Out

    Have you ever wondered, "Does flour expire?" The short answer is yes. The long answer is a little more complicated.

    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...

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    How to Turn Just About Any Cake Recipe into a Bundt Cake

    Want to give a beloved layer cake some fluted tube-pan flair? You can bake most regular cakes in a Bundt...

    10 Spice Substitutes That Will Save You Big Bucks

    Missing an ingredient but don't want to run out to the grocery store? Here's how to substitute spices with what's...

    How to Hold a Knife the Right Way

    Learn how to hold a knife so you can get the right mince, dice, chop and chiffonade on your ingredients....

    What Is This White Stuff on My Mango—and Is It Safe to Eat?

    It's not dangerous, but it does affect the flavor of your mango.

    How to Make Buttercream White

    Skip the slightly yellow frosting and learn how to make buttercream white—and we mean a vibrant, bright white!

    Here’s Why You Should Soak Pineapple in Salt Water

    Salty and sweet were made for each other.

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    When to Use Parchment Paper vs. Aluminum Foil

    Both parchment paper and aluminum foil are helpful to have in the kitchen. Here's when to use each one.