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In Support of Reusable Party Plates
In Support of Reusable Party Plates
Next time, skip the disposable ones.
Published: December 2021
12 Different Ways to Use Your Kitchen Shears
12 Different Ways to Use Your Kitchen Shears
Kitchen shears are one of the most useful items you can have in your kitchen.
Published: October 2021
Can You Use an Immersion Blender in Place of a Jar Blender?
Can You Use an Immersion Blender in Place of a Jar Blender?
We answer the question if they are interchangeable.
Published: April 2021
The Difference Between Baking Pans and Baking Dishes
The Difference Between Baking Pans and Baking Dishes
Which one should you use?
Published: May 2020
What Angle to Get Your Knives Sharpened To
Knives can be sharpened at different angles, but which is the correct angle for your knife?
Published: February 2019
How to Check Thermometer Accuracy
How can you be certain your digital thermometer reading is accurate?
Published: October 2018
Food Processors: Pulsing vs. Processing
Why do some recipes call for "pulsing" a food processor a number of times when chopping ingredients, rather than running the processor continuously for a few se…
Published: August 2016
Knife Disposal
What's the best way to safely dispose of a spent kitchen knife?
Published: June 2015
Preventing Wooden Cutting Boards from Cracking
Over time, wooden cutting boards may start to look dull and dry. How can they be kept lustrous and free of cracks?
Published: February 2013
Alternative to a Pizza Peel
Don't have the space for a pizza peel? Try this technique for transferring pizzas to hot baking stones.
Published: October 2012
Do You Need a Chinois?
Chinois strainers are commonplace in restaurant kitchens. Do they have a place in the home kitchen as well?
Published: October 2012
Our Favorite Kitchen Thermometers
Shopping for a kitchen thermometer can be an overwhelming experience given the many different types on the market. What do we recommend?
Published: August 2012
Explaining "Clad" Pans
Explaining "Clad" Pans
What are "clad" pans, and do you recommend them?
Published: June 2012
How to Clean a Stoneware Pizza Stone
What's the best way to clean a stoneware pizza stone?
Published: October 2010
Cleaning Wooden Pizza Peels
If your wooden pizza peel gets a lot of use, here’s how to remove flour, cornmeal, and dough residue.
Published: August 2010
Making Pan Sauces in a Nonstick Pan
Can you make a proper pan sauce in a nonstick skillet?
Published: December 2009
Seasoning Cast Iron
Cast iron cookware is much beloved by many cooks, and will last nearly forever with the right routine maintenance.
Published: December 2009
Silicone Rolling Pin
They say that dough doesn’t stick to silicone rolling pins like it does to wooden ones. We headed into the kitchen to test this claim.
Published: December 2008
Cake Pan Exchange
We wondered if we could use tube pans and Bundt pans interchangeably. Here’s what we discovered.
Published: October 2008
Meat Tenderizing
Hand-held meat tenderizers are used to physically break down tough protein strands in the meat, presumably resulting in more tender cutlets. But do they work?
Published: August 2008
Choosing the Right Pan
If a recipe calls for a 13- by 9-inch baking pan, should you use Pyrex or a metal pan?
Published: February 2008
Nonreactive Cookware
What types of pans and bowls are nonreactive, and what does this mean?
Published: December 2007
Should You Own a Food Mill or Ricer?
Beyond mashing potatoes, there’s plenty of other uses for these kitchen tools.  
Published: October 2006
Whisks 101
The two types of whisks to keep in your equipment drawer.
Published: August 2006
Calibrating Instant-Read Thermometers
Even the best instant-read thermometers eventually need to be recalibrated. Here's how you can do it at home.
Published: August 2006
Silicone Bakeware
How does flexible silicon bakeware compare to standard metal pans?
Published: April 2006
Measuring Cookware
What it means when a recipe calls for small, medium, and large cookware.
Published: August 2005
Cutting Board Cleanup
Here’s the test kitchen’s method for cleaning and sanitizing your cutting board.
Published: August 2005
Carbon Steel versus Cast Iron
Carbon steel is composed of roughly 99 percent iron to 1 percent carbon, while cast iron normally contains 2 to 3 percent carbon to 97 to 98 percent iron. Why d…
Published: September 2015
How to Clean and Remove Stains from Stainless-Steel Cookware
You don't need much more than this can of cleanser to scrub the stains away.
Published: July 1998
Can You Put Your Chef's Knife in the Dishwasher?
Some chef's knives have a plastic handle. but the care instructions caution against putting the knife in the dishwasher. Why?
Published: October 2019