5 Ways to Try Chayote

From America’s Test Kitchen. Watch more Cook’s Illustrated Kitchen Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUmM8fyA2jM&list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Chayote—a fruit native to Mexico but now popular throughout Latin America and Asia—is a pale green, bumpy-skinned, pear-shaped member of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), which makes it a relative of melons, pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash. This fruit can be eaten both raw…

Burgers | What’s Eating Dan?

From America’s Test Kitchen. What’s eating Dan this week? Burgers. Watch Dan Souza explain the science behind one of America’s favorite foods and learn the secrets to making the best homemade burger yourself. Comment below with a food you’d like to see Dan explore! Follow Dan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dansouzacooksillustrated/ Follow Dan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/testcook Follow…

How to Make a Perfectly Cooked Steak Using a Cast Iron Skillet

From America’s Test Kitchen. Buy the Masamoto VG-10 Gyutou knife: https://cooks.io/2N449Qs Buy our favorite cast iron skillet: https://cooks.io/2ub161P Recipe for Cast Iron Steaks with Herb Butter: http://bit.ly/2iUQxvr To pan-sear a thick-cut steak, we turned to a cast-iron skillet since its heat-retention properties are ideal for a perfect sear. We chose the moderately expensive boneless strip…

Hannah Responds: Is It Bad If I Don’t Sharpen My Kitchen Knives?

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3 Tips For Buying the Best Olive Oil

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The Best Way to Store Your Lemons

From America’s Test Kitchen. Keeping your lemons fresh is all about storing them in the right place, in the right way. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Buy our favorite freezer storage bags: https://cooks.io/2tTfxrh ABOUT US: Located in Boston’s Seaport District in the historic Innovation and Design Building, America’s Test Kitchen features 15,000…

How to Prep a Pineapple 3 Ways: The Simple Way, The Impressive Way, And The Easy Way

From America’s Test Kitchen. Watch more Kitchen Smarts videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovqhzil3wJw&list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXn Buy our favorite pineapple slicer: https://cooks.io/2MPLnfy Spiral-cut how-to: Popular in Asian countries, the spiral-cut ­preserves more of the best part of the fruit while sculpting it into an attractive shape. 1. With sharp knife, slice off crown and bottom of pineapple. 2. Holding pineapple…

5 Ingredients You Should Always Put Directly In the Freezer After Buying

From America’s Test Kitchen. There are a few ingredients you should always put directly in the freezer to preserve their flavor and freshness. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd 1. Coffee beans 2. Bay leaves 3. Butter 4. Nuts 5. Whole-grain flours ABOUT US: Located in…

The Key to Buying the Best Dijon Mustard

From America’s Test Kitchen. Buy one of our recommended mustards: https://amzn.to/2MtKQja Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd METHODOLOGY Twenty-one Cook’s Illustrated staff members sampled 10 supermarket Dijon mustards plain and on boiled hot dogs, rating them on spiciness, texture, and overall appeal. Products were selected using…

How to Butcher a Pork Loin at Home

From America’s Test Kitchen. Buy our winning boning knife: https://amzn.to/2KdDsMd Buy our winning kitchen ruler: https://amzn.to/2KsiKHM Watch More Kitchen Smarts: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXn 1. BLADE Cut near the fatty shoulder end, this chop’s high proportion of marbled dark meat and connective tissue makes it ideal for braising. 2. RIB Featuring one large eye of loin muscle, this…

How to Pick the Right Cheese for Your Melting Needs

From America’s Test Kitchen. Aged cheese has great flavor, but doesn’t melt very well. Depending on what you’re making, there are important factors to look for when choosing the best cheeses to use. Click here for more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Watch our Equipment Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WprgFWLgguM&list=PLE720EF13D4C23DDC EXPERIMENT: We purchased Cabot Creamery cheddars aged for three, 16,…

How to Buy the Right Cut of Beef Brisket (Hint: There’s Two Types!)

From America’s Test Kitchen. Butchers typically sell two types of brisket: flat cut and point cut. What’s the difference between the two? Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd When buying brisket for recipes like our Home-Corned Beef with Vegetables (see related content) or Barbecued Beef Brisket…

How to Sear Scallops with a Golden Crust Like a Restaurant Chef

From America’s Test Kitchen. Click here to access our Pan-Seared Scallops Recipe: https://cooks.io/2MRQwoi Watch More Kitchen Smarts: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXn Producing crisp-crusted restaurant-style scallops means overcoming two obstacles: chemically treated scallops and weak stovetops. We wanted to achieve superior pan-seared scallops that had a perfectly brown crust and no hint of off-flavors. We decided to work with…

What Makes Mozzarella Cheese Stretchy?

From America’s Test Kitchen. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd ABOUT US: Located in Boston’s Seaport District in the historic Innovation and Design Building, America’s Test Kitchen features 15,000 square feet of kitchen space including multiple photography and video studios. It is the home of Cook’s…

5 Surprising Uses for Lemons

From America’s Test Kitchen. Here are five innovative ways to put lemons to work in your kitchen, from keeping pesto bright green to substituting wine in soups and sauces. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd ABOUT US: Located in Boston’s Seaport District in the historic Innovation…

How to Break Down a Side of Salmon (For The Best Quality Fillets, Don’t Buy Them Individually)

From America’s Test Kitchen. Watch More Kitchen Smarts: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXn Farmed and wild salmon are not the same: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJeWrA8j1M0 ABOUT US: Located in Boston’s Seaport District in the historic Innovation and Design Building, America’s Test Kitchen features 15,000 square feet of kitchen space including multiple photography and video studios. It is the home of Cook’s Illustrated…

How to Buy the Best Possible Ground Beef at the Grocery Store (Second to Grinding Your Own)

From America’s Test Kitchen. When you buy ground beef in the market, just what are you buying? Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd Most recipes simply call for “ground beef,” but, as any supermarket shopper knows, the choices are much more varied. The U.S. Department of…

What is the Safe Temperature to Cook Chicken to?

From America’s Test Kitchen. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd Cook Until the Juices Run Clear—Fact or Fiction? One persistent cooking adage is that if you pierce a chicken and the juices are clear, the meat is done. But is this oft-cited “rule” actually true? A…

How to Prep Potatoes for Fries Every Way with a Chef’s Knife

From America’s Test Kitchen. Buy Our Winning Chef’s Knife: https://cooks.io/2IvT4VU Watch More Kitchen Smarts: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXn Why you should own an instant-read thermometer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwoyEZYDq58 ABOUT US: Located in Boston’s Seaport District in the historic Innovation and Design Building, America’s Test Kitchen features 15,000 square feet of kitchen space including multiple photography and video studios. It is…

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Waste Time Marinating Meat But Should Marinate Your Tofu

From America’s Test Kitchen. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd We know that, contrary to popular belief, marinades do most of their work on the surface of meat and poultry. That’s because very few flavor compounds can make it deep into the meat, no matter how…

Why You Should Be Buying Escarole

From America’s Test Kitchen. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd This worthy, crisp green is a versatile ingredient in everything from fresh salads to Italian soups. Here are some tips on how to prepare and cook it. A member of the chicory family, escarole can add…

Equipment Review: The Best Digital Instant-Read Thermometers & Our Testing Winners

From America’s Test Kitchen. Buy Our Winning Digital Thermometer: https://cooks.io/2LesphI Buy Our Best Midpriced Digital Thermometer: https://cooks.io/2Jbs7b7 Buy Our Best Inexpensive Digital Thermometer: https://cooks.io/2J91Z0n Behind the testing: https://cooks.io/2JosT7R Full testing details and ranking chart: https://cooks.io/2LdcdNK Watch more equipment reviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WprgFWLgguM&list=PLE720EF13D4C23DDC We tested 11 digital instant-read food thermometers to find the best one (listed in alphabetical…

How to Slice a Mango

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What is Freekeh and How Do You Cook it?

From America’s Test Kitchen. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd Freekeh, a traditional Middle Eastern grain popular in Mediterranean and North African cuisines, has recently started appearing on restaurant menus and grocery store shelves in the United States. Freekeh is made from roasted durum wheat that’s…

What’s the Best Way to Freeze Stock? Hint: Don’t Freeze it in a Food Storage Container

From America’s Test Kitchen. Check out our website for more stock tips and recipes: www.cooksillustrated.com Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXnd Find out how we tested food storage containers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WprgFWLgguM ABOUT US: Located in Boston’s Seaport District in the historic Innovation and Design Building, America’s Test…

How to Make Pancakes from Scratch That Are Better Than The Box Mix But Just As Easy

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What’s Up With Those Hollows or Scallops on Some Chef’s Knives?

From America’s Test Kitchen. Buy Our Winning Santoku Knife: https://cooks.io/2rPQ9BO Buy Our Winning Carving Knife: https://cooks.io/2k6BPAn Many sources claim that the design prevents food from clinging to the blade. But that’s not its only purpose. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXn Santoku and slicing knives often…

How to Make a Lattice Pie Crust

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How to Boost Flavor in Dishes By Using 8 Kinds of Microgreens (Sprouts)

From America’s Test Kitchen. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXn Microgreens, once found primarily on fancy restaurant plates, have recently become more widely available in specialty stores and supermarkets. They are the first early, tiny shoots of herbs, lettuces, or other greens. Some of the most…

How to Knead Bread Dough by Hand for Bread with Maximum Chew

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Can You Swap Cow’s Milk, Sheep’s Milk, and Goat’s Milk Yogurt Interchangeably?

From America’s Test Kitchen. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXn Supermarkets often carry yogurt made from cow’s, goat’s, and sheep’s milks. If your recipe calls for one, can you sub in one of the others? These days, grocery stores carry yogurt made not just from cow’s…

Can You Refreeze Meat? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

From America’s Test Kitchen. Click here to watch more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnbw7lMXc3_Ry36bEucTzGdv Check out our Kitchen Smarts series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnbzopdwFrnZxin-RUn3vI21Ghu6KvCXn Sometimes we thaw a piece of meat or poultry only to find that we don’t want to cook it that day after all. But then what? Can you refreeze the meat, or is it best to…