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Here Is The Easiest Way To Cook Vegetables

It’s quick, delicious and surprisingly nutritious
May 15, 2015 9:00 am

Soggy broccoli spears. Shriveled-up green beans. We’ve all been — and suffered — through plates full of them. There’s nothing less appealing than overcooked vegetables. So what’s the best way to cook these tricky veggies quickly, easily and effectively? Look no further than the trusty microwave!

How To Make The Most Of Your Microwave

Is it safe? Healthy? And how does it work?
May 8, 2015 10:00 am

Whether used occasionally for a bag of popcorn on movie night or religiously to prepare nightly TV dinners, the microwave is a fixture in just about every kitchen. First sold in 1947, the microwave oven wasn’t a common household item until the late 1960s. Chances are you’ve warmed up coffee, soups and snacks in your trusty microwave plenty of times over the years. But does the countertop contraption remain poorly understood and underestimated?

This Is How You Make Pasta From Scratch

It’s simple, inexpensive and delicious
May 1, 2015 11:00 am

Ever had fresh pasta? If so, we’ll bet you agree with us that its firm, toothsome bites and rich, eggy flavors are pretty much irresistible. It turns out that making fresh pasta at home is not only inexpensive but also quite simple.

What’s The Deal With Pressure Cookers?

Turn to this device when you’re in a time crunch
Apr 24, 2015 10:00 am

Looking to create a tender braise or a flavor-packed stock but short on time? Meet the pressure cooker! Once lauded as beacons of culinary convenience, pressure cookers fell out of favor as prepackaged foods began filling grocery stores and frozen, microwavable meals became commonplace in homes across the U.S. And that’s a shame. Here’s a primer.

Why Cooking With A Scale Is The Way To Go

So much more effective than measuring cups
Apr 3, 2015 9:00 am

We were all ears when ChefSteps sent over advice about the differences between cooking with a measuring cup and a digital scale. It turns out one of these methods is nearly three times faster than the other, while leaving just a fraction of the mess. Seems like a no-brainer lesson in efficiency, doesn’t it? Take a look at this short video to find out more about saving time both during and after the cooking process.

How To Cook Sous Vide With Only A Ziploc Bag And Pot Of Water

You’ve heard the term. But really, you can do it.
Mar 27, 2015 11:00 am

Sous vide cooking has always been something best left to the pros, or to the most intrepid of home cooks. But the practice of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath — which ensures items are cooked evenly and retain moisture — is not that difficult with a little bit of training. And contrary to popular myth, you don’t need a fancy machine to do it. Here is a video from our friends at ChefSteps that describes what sous vide cooking is, and how to cook sous vide using a Ziploc bag, a digital thermometer and a pot of water.

What Exactly Is Sous Vide Cooking All About?

You’ve heard the term, sure. But do you know?
Mar 20, 2015 10:30 am

Sous vide cooking has always been something best left to the pros, or to the most intrepid of home cooks. But the practice of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath — which ensures items are cooked evenly and retain moisture — is not that difficult with a little bit of training. Here is a video from our friends at ChefSteps that describes what sous vide cooking is all about:

How To Pick The Best Knife For Any Imaginable Kitchen Task

There are knives for boning, filleting, tomato-ing
Dec 29, 2014 11:30 am

Raise your hand if you received a new kitchen knife as a gift for the holidays! No? Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to rub it in. But regardless if Santa slid a shiny Henkel under the tree or not, this does not mean you can’t do a little knife shopping — upgrading to help you get ready for the cold winter ahead (read: serious time in the home kitchen). After all, it’s a great time for post-holiday sales too. But where to begin? Here's a little guide to get started.

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