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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    What Does ‘Room Temperature’ Mean?

    So, your recipe calls for room-temp eggs or dairy. What is room temperature, anyway? We'll give you the facts and explain how to soften these ingredients fast.

    What Is the Right Internal Temperature for Pork Chops?

    It's time to brush up on proper pork cooking temperature. Hit the right number on your meat thermometer to make...

    What’s the Difference Between Crispy and Crunchy?

    It might seem finicky, but there is a real difference between crispy and crunchy. Here's our quick guide to crispy...

    What Are Ramps and How Do They Taste?

    What are ramps? Well, they look like scallions but taste like garlic, and their soft leaves are as tender as...

    How to Thaw Pork Chops Safely

    Does your freezer hold the contents for tonight's dinner? No worries, just follow these methods for thawing pork chops.

    The Two Best Methods for How to Wash Rice

    Once you learn how to wash rice correctly, apply it to your recipes for a huge upgrade in taste, texture...

    What Is the Best Oil to Fry Fish?

    Whether it's cod, catfish or walleye, we'll point you to the best oil to fry any kind of fish.

    How to Wash Grapes the Right Way

    Don't just faucet-rinse your grapes! Here's how to wash grapes (with baking soda) and store them the right way.

    Coconut Cream vs. Coconut Milk: What’s the Difference?

    Which should you choose at the grocery store: coconut cream or coconut milk? The full-fat or "lite" can? Here's a...

    This Brilliant No-Peel Hack Makes Cooking Mashed Potatoes So Easy

    Tired of peeling potatoes? Us too! Next time, we're making these no peel mashed potatoes.

    Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wash Eggs Before Cooking

    Unwashed eggs aren't all that dirty, for starters.

    What Is Coconut Flour, and How Do I Use It?

    Perfect for sweet and savory recipes, coconut flour is a fun substitution when experimenting with gluten-free baking.

    How to Make Slow-Cooker Chicken Legs Like a Pro

    Craving drumsticks? Our recipe for slow-cooked chicken legs is easy, saucy and sure to impress.

    4 Substitutes for Burrata Cheese

    It's rich, decadent and almost impossible to resist. If you don't have this type of fresh mozzarella on hand, what's...

    How to Store Cake in Your Fridge Quickly and Easily

    This genius hack will have your cake ready to serve whenever you want it!

    How to Use a Pizza Stone

    Love a homemade pie or even a frozen pizza? Anyway you slice it, learning how to use a pizza stone...

    Here’s the Correct Way to Flip a Pancake Without Splattering Everywhere

    Make a picture-perfect stack of flapjacks ever time.

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    28 Turkey Tips Everyone Should Know This Thanksgiving

    We’re sharing Thanksgiving advice directly from Taste of Home readers and our Test Kitchen. Use our timeless turkey tips to...

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    Want to Cook Turkey Stuffing? Read This First.

    Turkey stuffing can be delicious and a great essential to have for Thanksgiving—if done properly. We'll show you how to...

    How to Prep Your Entire Thanksgiving Meal in Advance

    Cooking a Thanksgiving feast is stressful, but it doesn't have to be! We asked a professional chef how to prep...

    The Most Common Reasons Why Your Pie Crust Isn’t Working

    Running into these pie crust problems? We can help!

    Cooking a Small Turkey This Thanksgiving? Here’s What You Need to Know.

    Here's a handy guide to buying a small turkey: how much turkey to buy, where to shop and how long...

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    Why It’s Better to Use Canned Pumpkin for Fall Baking

    You might think that fresh is always best, but for fall baking, canned pumpkin is king. Find out why our...

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    This Is Exactly How Much Turkey to Make Per Person

    No need to guess how much turkey per person you need to cook. This handy rule will make your Thanksgiving...

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    10 Things You Should Put in Your Turkey That Aren’t Stuffing

    Wondering what to stuff the turkey with this Thanksgiving? Here are our top picks for ingredients that add flavor and...

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    10 Mistakes You’re Probably Making When Cooking a Turkey

    Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful. But if you avoid these common mistakes when cooking a turkey, it'll be that...

    How Long to Thaw a Frozen Turkey

    How long does it take for a turkey to thaw? Here's how you can thaw a turkey in the refrigerator,...

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    Can You Leave a Turkey Out to Thaw Overnight?

    Here's everything you need to know about how not to thaw your bird before Thanksgiving.

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    30+ Tips Every Baker Needs to Know for the 2022 Holiday Season

    The holiday season is when home bakers kick things into high gear. These holiday baking tips will help you create...

    Can You Freeze Spaghetti Squash?

    You can freeze spaghetti squash to save leftovers or make meal prep even simpler.

    Do Tortillas Really Need to Be Refrigerated?

    Most people who've made Mexican food want the answer to the age-old question: "Do tortillas need to be refrigerated?" No,...