Kitchen Tricks

Make A Fancy Chocolate Garnish Using Nothing But Bubble Wrap

Perch chocolate honeycomb on top of...anything!
May 14, 2015 2:00 pm

Don’t throw away that bubble wrap! Too late? All right, well, save a sheet from your next late-night online impulse buy and try this awesome chocolate trick from YouTube cooking school Worldwide Culinary Apprentice. Prepare to garnish all your desserts with chocolate honeycomb! 

8 Recipes For Your Handy-Dandy Mandoline

It’s the slicer that will revolutionize dinner
Apr 8, 2015 10:30 am

Whether you slice it thin, really thin or paper thin, there’s one tool in the kitchen that will never let you down. Go for a fancy mandoline with lots of attachments or a simple ceramic V-slicer. Check out our oven-roasted vegetable chips video to see it in action and make short work of a big pile of vegetables tonight. Mandoline night is a good night. 

The Secret Ingredient In This Pasta Dough Is Yogurt

You can use yogurt in pasta dough. Believe.
Aug 27, 2014 12:00 pm
yogurt pasta dough
Photo: Branden Byers

Sometimes the secrets of fermentation surpass our knowledge capacity. The process that yields pickles, kimchi, yogurt, wine and other tart, flavorful and especially healthy ingredients can be used to enhance almost anything you cook. Blogger, podcast host and all-around fermentation master Branden Byers' new cookbook, The Everyday Fermentation Handbook, is a fount of knowledge. Ever think you could enhance pasta dough with yogurt? Prepare to be amazed. 

Zero-Mess Deviled Eggs Comes Down To One Essential Kitchen Item

The world's messiest finger food, all cleaned up
Aug 7, 2014 10:00 am

Let's count how many pieces of kitchenware you use to make deviled eggs: pot, lid, something to put peeled eggs in, knife, cutting board, bowl, fork, spoon, plate and other incidentals. However many eggs you're making, you can expect to do at least that amount of dishes after. If you hate doing dishes as much as I do, the ends may not even justify the means. That's a lie, deviled eggs are always worth it. But here's a trick to clean the whole process up.

14 Simple Kitchen Tricks To Instantly Improve Your Summer Cooking

Hack steak, sausage, lobster, tacos and dessert
Jul 2, 2014 12:00 pm

If you can think of a simple summer task — grilling chicken, chilling wine, sculpting patties, creating a frozen dessert out of nothing — we've got a way to make it better. Whether it's a down-home clambake or a burgers 'n dogs kinda shindig, there are solutions for problems you didn't even know you had. You may never have to dilute your booze again. Dive into 14 of our favorite ways to instantly improve your summer dining experience.

Uh-Oh, I Really Like Marinating Chicken In Bud Light Lime-A-Rita

An unlikely hack for grilling delicious poultry
May 9, 2014 11:00 am

Well this is just ridiculous. I got a can of Bud Light Lime-A-Rita in some kind of demented goody bag and was about to chuck it when I realized I had nothing with which to marinate that night's chicken. Well, I had olive oil and a lemon and some dried herbs. But that's boring. That green and white can suddenly had potential. First grab a real beer, then fire up that grill. 


Hack Of The Day: The Toothpick Tripod, Softener Of Butter

An essential hack for spreadable butter in no time
Apr 29, 2014 1:00 pm

Check out the greatest softening trick since that time you microwaved a pat of cold butter and ended up with half a pat of cold butter sitting in a pool of melted butter. Stop having butter problems and break out the toothpicks.

Illustrated Kitchen Hacks: How To Strain Stock Without A Chinois

In the kitchen, creativity goes a long way
Mar 17, 2014 2:00 pm

Welcome to Illustrated Kitchen Hacks. For a crystal-clear final product, here's how to strain stock without a chinois, presented in this easy-to-use visual format. Now you have absolutely no reason, including a short attention span, not to filter perfectly clarified stock to make the best risotto ever.


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