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 to Tell if Ground Beef Is Bad

    No one wants to get sick from a package of ground beef! Here's how to tell if ground beef is...

    Is Pink Pork Safe to Eat?

    Even if your meat thermometer reaches a safe 145°F, can pork be pink? We'll explain.

    The Simple TikTok Baking Hack That Makes It Easy to Measure Dry Ingredients

    You can measure and sift dry ingredients in one step!

    Can You Eat Kiwi Skin?

    Put that peeler down. Eating kiwi skin is good for you!

    Tips for Working with and Storing Puff Pastry

    Got a box of puff pastry in the freezer? Learn how to thaw it, bake it and troubleshoot in case...

    How to Cook Pasta

    Learn how to cook pasta perfectly for any type of recipe, from when to salt the water to how to...

    How to Make Your Refrigerator Smell Better with Vanilla Extract

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

    What Is Couverture Chocolate?

    Love to make candy at home? Here's why you should be using couverture chocolate.

    Can You Eat Sprouted Potatoes?

    You know the drill: You get ready to chop potatoes for dinner and notice some unwelcome "eyes." Immediately, you wonder,...

    Fresh Pasta vs. Dry Pasta: What’s the Difference?

    When should you use fresh pasta vs. dry pasta? The answer makes a big difference in the taste and texture...

    So, What Does Al Dente Mean?

    What is al dente and how do you know when your pasta is ready? We break down what you need...

    Can You Put Foil in an Air Fryer?

    Sarah Farmer, executive culinary director at Taste of Home, explains how to use foil in an air fryer the...

    How to Make Spaghetti Noodles Not Stick and More Tips for Cooking Pasta

    Stick to these rules for cooking pasta and you'll always know how to make spaghetti noodles not stick, how...

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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...

    How to Make Juicy Burgers Perfectly Every Time

    Making the perfect hamburger is an art—but we've got it down to a science. We've rounded up the essential tips...

    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.

    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.

    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.

    How to Make Perfect Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

    We're all about chocolate! Follow our simple guide to make decadent chocolate-covered strawberries at home.

    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.

    What Is Buttermilk and Why You Should Be Using it More

    It might seem old-fashioned, but this ingredient is a must for baking and beyond. We'll tell you exactly what buttermilk...

    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!

    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...

    How to Store Cookies to Keep Them Fresh

    Whether you’re baking for the holidays or for everyday enjoyment, these tips for how to store cookies will help keep...

    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...