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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      5 Ways to Make a Buttermilk Substitute

      No buttermilk? No problem! Get cooking with these buttermilk substitutions.

      What is Fond and Why You Should Use It

      Fond is one of the key ingredients to a delicious gravy or pan sauce. So never, ever wash away those...

      What Is Cultured Butter and When Should You Use It?

      Have you seen cultured butter in the dairy case? Find out exactly what it is and why you just might...

      6 Essential Baking Ratios That You Should Know

      Make your favorite baked goodies with this handy baking ratios chart—no recipe needed!

      Here’s the Difference Between East Coast vs West Coast Butter

      We had no idea about the difference between East Coast vs West Coast butter!

      This Is Why Grandma Baked with Hard Boiled Egg Yolks

      Just when we thought Grandma had shared all her baking secrets, this hidden gem left us floored.

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      How to Proof Bread Dough (Even When It’s Cold Outside)

      Follow along as we break down how to proof bread from scratch—along with answering your burning bread proofing questions.

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      Bread Not Rising? Here’s Why (and How to Fix It)

      Yeast can be a fickle ingredient, but it's essential for homemade bread recipes. Learn why your bread isn't rising (and...

      10 Sourdough Discard Recipes to Make with Your Extra Starter

      Try these sourdough discard recipes the next time you feed your starter—so you don't have to waste the excess!

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      The Ultimate Guide to Baking Cookies

      Go grab your apron—you're going to need it. This all-inclusive guide contains everything you need to know about baking cookies...

      8 Ways to Keep Brown Sugar Soft (And Soften If It Hardens)

      Learn how to keep brown sugar soft and how to soften brown sugar after it has hardened.

      We’re Here to Answer Your Tough Instant Pot Questions

      The Taste of Home Test Kitchen has the answers to your most pressing questions.

      What Is Al Dente?

      You've probably heard the phrase dozens of times, but what is al dente? And how do you know when your...

      What Is Cooking Wine?

      Cooking wine has a bad reputation, but is it deserved? Skipping it in a recipe might mean losing a valuable...

      8 Casserole Tips Grandma Would Want You to Know

      Grandmas know how to make the best casseroles. They just taste better with her secret ingredients and expert casserole tips....

      Here’s the REAL Difference Between Chowder and Soup

      What is chowder? Is it really all that different from soup?

      12 Cookie Decorating Tips That Everyone Needs to Know

      Use our simple cookie decorating tips to make homemade treats look almost like a pro baker's best.

      8 Common Fudge Mistakes and How to Fix Them

      Homemade fudge can be a little fussy, but it's easy to make if you avoid these common fudge mistakes.

      What Is Sticky Rice?

      What is sticky rice, and can you make it with any variety of white rice?

      How to Make Brownies Better, with Secrets from Our Test Kitchen

      We all want to know how to make better brownies—you know the kind with the crinkly top and the fudgy...

      9 Common Chocolate Truffle Mistakes—and How to Fix Them

      Having trouble making homemade truffles? We can help you avoid these common chocolate truffle mistakes.

      How Long Does Fudge Last?

      Got fudge in the house? Learn just how long this rich and creamy treat lasts—and the proper ways to store...

      8 Handy Colander Uses You’ve Never Thought of Before

      This list of colander uses proves that there's more to this handy kitchen tool than draining pasta.

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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...

      What Is a Grapefruit Spoon?

      This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about an unusual kitchen tool: the grapefruit spoon.

      How to Store Olive Oil the Right Way, According to Experts

      Learn how to avoid common mistakes and store your olive oil properly. Your taste buds—and your wallet—will thank you.

      8 Cutting Board Hacks Every Home Cook Needs To Know

      Chop chop! These cutting board hacks will have you rushing to the kitchen to get set for meal prep.