Kitchen Tricks

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.

Illustrated Kitchen Hacks: Zero-Effort Kimchi Pickled Eggs

In the kitchen, creativity goes a long way
Feb 20, 2014 10:00 am

Welcome to Illustrated Kitchen Hacks. For the Korean food fiend, here's how to make zero-effort kimchi pickled eggs, presented in this easy-to-use visual format.  Now you have absolutely no reason, including a short attention span, not to fire up the most Instagrammable garnish for bibimbap, noodles, soup and more. 

Illustrated Kitchen Hacks: Better Baked Chicken Wings

In the kitchen, creativity goes a long way
Jan 28, 2014 1:00 pm

Welcome to Illustrated Kitchen Hacks. Just in time for the big weekend, here's how to make crispy baked chicken wings, presented in this easy-to-use visual format. Now you have absolutely no reason, including a short attention span, not to fire up a custom batch of wings for your viewing pleasure.

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