Test Kitchen Tips

Our Test Kitchen is full of culinary experts who have picked up plenty of handy tricks and techniques over the years. Check out our favorite cooking tips that’ll make cooking and baking at home easier than ever.

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Why Do My Potatoes Turn Pink When I Cut Them?

Is it OK to eat a pink potato? Here's what we know.

Liquor vs. Liqueur: What’s the Difference?

Read this before you pour after-dinner drinks.


12 Mistakes Everybody Makes When Cooking Bacon

Everybody loves bacon—but not when it's underdone or way too crispy! We're here to help you master the art of...


Is It Safe to Eat Raw Eggs?

Plenty of homemade foods—like mayo, hollandaise sauce and Caesar dressing—call for raw eggs. But can you eat raw eggs from...


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How to Make Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Love cakey cookies? Or crispy ones? How about chewy? We show you how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies...

Is It Safe to Eat Cornstarch?

This kitchen staple is safe in moderation.


Can You Microwave Paper Plates?

Can you microwave paper plates? We take a look at whether these kitchen staples are microwave-safe.

How to Tell If Eggs Are Still Good

The "float test" is a quick and easy way to see if those eggs in your refrigerator are fresh enough...


Can You Eat Green Potatoes?

Are green potatoes safe to eat? We dug into the science to find out.


How to Tell if Ground Beef Is Bad

No one wants to get sick from a package of ground beef! Here's how to tell if ground beef is...


Is Pink Pork Safe to Eat?

Even if your meat thermometer reaches a safe 145°F, can pork be pink? We'll explain.

The Simple TikTok Baking Hack That Makes It Easy to Measure Dry Ingredients

You can measure and sift dry ingredients in one step!


Can You Eat Kiwi Skin?

Put that peeler down. Eating kiwi skin is good for you!


4 Easy Lemon Zest Substitutes

Citrus zest has a very specific flavor profile, but there are some workarounds if you're out of lemons. Here's what...


Tips for Working with and Storing Puff Pastry

Got a box of puff pastry in the freezer? Learn how to thaw it, bake it and troubleshoot in case...


How to Cook Pasta

Learn how to cook pasta perfectly for any type of recipe, from when to salt the water to how to...

How to Make Your Refrigerator Smell Better with Vanilla Extract

You can banish that funky refrigerator aroma—here's how.


What Is Couverture Chocolate?

Love to make candy at home? Here's why you should be using couverture chocolate.



Fresh Pasta vs. Dry Pasta: What’s the Difference?

When should you use fresh pasta vs. dry pasta? The answer makes a big difference in the taste and texture...


So, What Does Al Dente Mean?

What is al dente and how do you know when your pasta is ready? We break down what you need...


Can You Put Foil in an Air Fryer?

Sarah Farmer, executive culinary director at Taste of Home, explains how to use foil in an air fryer the...


How to Make Spaghetti Noodles Not Stick and More Tips for Cooking Pasta

Stick to these rules for cooking pasta and you'll always know how to make spaghetti noodles not stick, how...


Can You Use Olive Oil Instead of Vegetable Oil?

Looking to switch to olive oil? Here's how to know if you can use olive oil instead of vegetable oil...

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Does Olive Oil Go Bad?

Does olive oil go bad? In short, yes.


What Causes a Pan to Warp—and How Do I Fix It?

Have a warped pan at home? It's easy to fix—and prevent the problem from happening again.


If You See Floating White Stuff in Olive Oil, This Is What It Means

It's not unusual to find white stuff in olive oil. It could be that the oil has gone bad—or simply...


10 Simple Store-Bought Sugar Cookie Mix Hacks

Your cookies will look (and taste!) like they're made from scratch with these sugar cookie mix hacks.


What Is Buttermilk and Why You Should Be Using it More

It might seem old-fashioned, but this ingredient is a must for baking and beyond. We'll tell you exactly what buttermilk...


This Baking Hack Shows You How to Measure Honey the Easy Way

You can measure honey (and other sticky ingredients) without a mess. Here's the trick!