Culinary Techniques


9 Tricks to Make Sure You Use Up Leftovers

This article gives a brief history of leftovers and suggests ways to make sure your leftovers actually get eaten before they go bad.


The Good Homemaker Is Not Obsolete

Homemaking is a job if it is done right. While it may not earn money it certainly can save money. Here are several things a homemaker can do to save and earn.


7 Food Safety Myths Debunked

There are many commonly accepted myths about food safety and keeping a safe and healthy kitchen. This public health educator debunks some of them.


5 Whole Foods That Are Fresher Outside of the Fridge

Many foods stay fresher and taste better when stored outside of your refrigerator. Here are five whole foods that prefer being out of the fridge.


Meal Planning for People Who Don’t Like to Plan

If meal planning seems too rigid for your lifestyle, this flexible method will help you save money, eat more healthful meals, and save time both at the grocery store and in the kitchen.


How to Make Your Own Buttermilk and Other 5-Minute Baking Hacks

Baking hacks make recipes more affordable, help out in a pinch and speed things up!


How to Hasselback (Almost) Everything

Hasselback is not a pro quarterback (that’s Hasselbeck). It’s a cooking technique—slicing almost all-the-way through foods, creating thin layers that are then stuffed and baked. Let’s learn how it started and fun ways to use this technique in your kitchen.


Exploring Umami: The Fifth Taste Sensation

Sweet, sour, salty, and bitter, and umami—the fifth taste sensation. That meaty flavor occurs in many foods, even fruits and vegetables. Learn all about umami and how to use it in your cooking.


How to Reduce Food Waste: 5 Tips

Learn a few simple techniques to avoid wasting food. Whether you'd like to save money, help the environment, or make your provisions last during a political or health crisis, these tips will be very helpful.


3 Life Lessons I Learned as a Line Cook

No, it wasn't how to execute the proper sous-vide techniques or all the ways to dice an onion. Here are the three life lessons I learned from being a line cook.


The Best Way to Warm up Corn Tortillas

This easy method is hands down the best way to warm corn tortillas. Learn why it's way better than using a microwave, too.


Why "Mise en Place" Is a Must in Your Kitchen and Your Life

Mise en place (everything in place) is more than a fancy French cooking term. It's a method of organization that can help you in (and outside of) the kitchen.


Baking Emergency: 5 Fixable Fails

Baking emergency? Don't panic. We got you. These five common baking mistakes are fixable. Here's how.


What Is Sous Vide Cooking? (Beginner's Guide)

Learn the basics of cooking with a sous vide precision cooker including tips and tricks and how to use a sous vide to cook a perfect steak every time.


Amazing Emergency Baking & Cooking Substitutions

Are you missing a baking or cooking ingredient? Don't run to the store, or give up, until you've read this article. Rescue your recipe with these amazing substitutions and tips.


How to Properly Clean Your Food and Prepare It

Pathogens, pesticides, cleaning methods, food preparation methods, and politics all affect whether a food is safe to eat.


6 Fun & Unusual Foods to Cook on the Grill

Burgers, dogs, and ribs are what we usually throw on the grill. But how about octopus, pizza, or even a banana split? Check out these ideas and more!


5 Staple Foods Everyone Should Know How to Make

A student of southwestern cuisine spills the beans on cheap and healthy dining on the dollar.


5 Magnificent Mug Meals (That Are Actually Edible)

Mug meals are the new, trendy thing for single servings in a hurry. Most can be done in under 5 minutes using just a good mug and your microwave!


Minnesota Cooking: An Easy Way to Dice Celery

Who can remember saying that they would never use division. Well, think again. Here's an easy way to divide your celery so you end up with a lot of small pieces.


25 Tasty Ways to Use Leftovers

Making the most of leftover food not only saves you money, but it's also good for the environment. Here are 25 ways to use leftover food.


How to Make Cultured Vegetables With Healthy Bacteria

Did you know that the stomach loves cultured foods because they provide you with very healthy bacteria? That's how people used to store food.


Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Master Chef?

The BBC reality cooking show “Master Chef” has circled the globe with numerous spinoffs, including "Celebrity" and "Junior" versions. But do you have what it takes to be a Master Chef?


How to Peel a Banana Like a Monkey: 12 Kitchen Shortcuts and Tips

Do you know how to peel a banana like a monkey, put out a kitchen fire, or cook corn on the cob in the microwave? Check out these helpful tips and hints!


How to Enjoy Cooking (Even If You're Scared of It)

Scared of cooking? You aren’t alone. This is the story of what it took to get me into the kitchen and start cooking healthy food.


How to Plan a Meal Like a Master Chef

You don't need a culinary degree to create a memorable dinner for friends and family. Here is what the pros do—and you can, too!


Cooking Conversion Charts and Substitutions

Need to double or halve a recipe? No problem. Need to convert standard American measurements to metric? No problem again. Wrong size baking pan or missing an ingredient? Just keep this handy article handy!


How to Stock a Pantry for Every Skill Level: Novice to Pro

Are you a beginner cook, an every-day family cook, or a full-on Iron Chef? Here are some guidelines to help you stock your pantry for any level of cooking expertise.


Food Safety 101: How to Protect Yourself and Family From Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is at best the most miserable 48 hours of your life, at worst life-threatening. Getting food poisoning is easy—preventing it is just as easy. Just follow these common-sense guidelines.


Why Do You Add Vanilla Extract Last When Baking?

Vanilla is a great flavor to add to baked goods, and it is a required ingredient for most cakes and cookies. Vanilla is always one of the last ingredients to add, and you may have wondered why. Here's the answer.


How to Prevent These 5 Common Cooking Mishaps

Cooking is an exercise in creativity, but there is also a bit of science involved in combining ingredients with time and temperature. Understanding that science is the key to avoiding mishaps.


5 Ways to Use Leftover Coconut Milk Pulp and How to Store It

Are you making your own fresh coconut milk at home? Did you ever wonder what to do with all that left-over pulp? Here come 5 simple recipes so that pulp doesn't go to waste!


8 Things You Should Know About Food Safety

Ever had questions about food safety? Here are 8 things you need to know to make sure the food you prepare and eat is as safe as possible.


How to Take the Stress Out of Cooking

If the thought of preparing a meal for a small gathering, your significant other, or even just yourself makes you break into a sweat, this article is for you.


Freezer Cooking: 10 Tips for Getting Started

Freezer cooking is a great way to save money on groceries, eat healthier and save time on meal preparation. This article includes ten tips to help you get started with freezer cooking.

28 Fun and Interesting Kitchen Facts and Tips

I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen, and I have a few pro tips to share with you.


Learn How to Make Fondue With 4 Easy Recipes

Try four delicious fondue recipes using cheese, chocolate, butterscotch, or oil! I also wrote a brief history of this popular dish along with proper etiquette you can keep in mind at your next party.


How to Make Homemade Baby Food With a Rice Cooker

Learn how to make your own easy, wholesome and homemade baby food.


What Is Fusion Cooking and Cuisine? An Explanation and Recipe Examples

Fusion cooking is essentially a mixing of food cultures and cuisines. It is about taking the best of two or more culinary disciplines and combining them to hopefully find a delicious hybrid of the two. This article explores the concept in greater detail and includes a number of recipe ideas.

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Parchment Paper Recipes for Salmon and Chicken

Here's a great recipe for cooking salmon or chicken in parchment paper. It turns a simple dinner into an elegant one.

3 Ways to Check Deep-Fry Oil Temp Without a Thermometer

Before the invention of oil thermometers, cooks figured out simple ways to check oil temperature for safe deep-frying. Now those secret tricks can be yours!


What to Do If You Drop Food on the Floor

If you dropped food on the floor, would you pick it up and use it? You may get away with picking it up and using it if you don't have a guest watching you. But it depends on the food, and the floor.

How to Cook With Spring Roll Wrappers

Buy a pack of inexpensive spring roll wrappers and start playing around with adding a bit of crunchy goodness to everyday meals!


How to Cook Meat Safely: Meat Temperature Chart

Do you worry about serving undercooked meat to your family? I've provided a handy guide for you to reference that covers roasting, broiling, stewing, simmering, and braising!


What Foods Should Be in Your Pantry?

A storable stash of foods in your home pantry saves you time, money, and stress. How do you decide what to store?

Base your easy weekly menu on the foods you like. Photo by Sally's Trove.

How to Prepare a Weekly Meal Plan for One Person

Cooking for just yourself is always a challenge; however, cooking for one can be both enjoyable and easy. This step-by-step guide walks you through each day. And there's only one day of prep!