Fats & Oils
14 Helpful Cooking Tips
What is Powdered Peanut Butter?
Powdered peanut butter is starting to show up in grocery stores. What is it?
Published: October 2015
Substituting Coconut Oil for Shortening in Pie Crust
Can coconut oil be substituted for shortening in pie crust recipes that call for both shortening and butter?
Published: October 2013
Canned Coconut Milk vs. Carton-Packed Coconut Milk Beverage
What's the difference between canned coconut milk, and the boxed stuff in the beverage aisle next to the soy milk?
Published: August 2013
Where Does Canola Oil Come From?
This vegetable oil has become a kitchen standard. But what kind of plant is canola, anyway?
Published: October 2012
Sauteing with Coconut Oil
I’ve heard buzz about the health benefits of coconut oil. Can I sauté with it in place of vegetable oil?
Published: August 2011
Olive Pomace Oil
What is olive pomace oil and how does it differ from regular or extra-virgin olive oil?
Published: February 2011
Peanut Butter Substitutions
Can you substitute natural peanut butter with no added sugar for the sweetened stuff in recipes?
Published: August 2009
Sesame Oil: Plain vs. Toasted
Can plain and toasted sesame oil be used interchangeably?
Published: February 2009
In the test kitchen, we use different cooking oils to suit the flavor and cooking temperature requirements of the recipe at hand. These are the oils we commonly…
Published: June 2007
Canola Oil vs. Shortening For Pie Crusts
Can canola oil be used as a substitute for shortening or butter in pie crust recipes?
Published: June 2006
Frying Oil Temperature
You don’t want to rely on guesswork for determining when frying oil is hot. Here's the test kitchen’s method.
Published: August 2005