When I first started taking and answering questions for Thanksgiving a few years ago, I figured at most there'd be a few dozen. We're up to several hundred and counting, and every year we get more and more. This year's batch has focused heavily on sous-vide cooking and vegan/vegetarian options, both subjects close to my heart!
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When I first started taking and answering questions for Thanksgiving a few years ago, I figured at most there'd be a few dozen. We're up to several hundred and counting, and every year we get more and more. This year's batch have focused heavily on sous-vide cooking and vegan/vegetarian options, both subjects close to my heart!
There's a mysterious, myth-packed lore when it comes to cast iron pans. On the one hand there's the folks who claim you've got to treat your cast iron cookware like a delicate little flower. On the other, there's the macho types who chime in with their my cast iron is hella non-stick or goddam, does my pan heat evenly! In the world of cast iron, there are unfounded, untested claims left right and center. It's time to put a few of those myths to rest.
Mussels have a reputation as being fiddly to clean or dangerous to eat. How many of you got freaked out about ordering mussels at restaurants after reading Kitchen Confidential? The good news is that it's almost all untrue. Mussels are not only quick to prepare (think: fridge to table in about 15 minutes), they're also inexpensive, readily available, and deliciously elegant too. Here's how to get them ready for any recipe.
A couple of weeks back a friend of mine asked how to poach a large number of eggs for a brunch party. Here's a secret: When poaching eggs, you don't have to cook them to-order. In fact, you can poach them up to five days in advance with no loss in quality. Not only that, but it takes just 2 minutes and zero skill to take those eggs from fridge-cold to ready-to-serve once brunch begins. Here's how it's done.
Cooks are often told that even the tiniest bit of yolk or fat in egg whites will prevent them from whipping properly. Is it true? We put this common piece of kitchen lore to the test.
Spurred by reader demand, we go even deeper into the world of tomato-storage and come back with lots more data. Will our claim that refrigeration can be your best choice for tomato storage hold, or will we have to retract the whole thing? Drumroll please...
I've heard chefs on TV and in books say that combining both oil and butter in a skillet when you sauté lets you heat the butter to a higher temperature without smoking. Is there any truth in this?
Many recipes instruct you to add garlic to the pan only after the onion has already cooked for a few minutes. Why is that? And why can't you just add them both at the same time? We ran some tests to find out.
I've spent my whole life soaking black beans before cooking them just like every other bean around. But Russ Parsons of the L.A. Times recently chastised me for it, claiming that un-soaked black beans are better in almost every way. I put it to the test, comparing soaked and un-soaked beans for flavor, texture, color, ease of preparation, and, er, digestibility. Guess which method came out on top?
People, even experts, swear that you should never put a tomato in the fridge. They are wrong. Here's the follow-up to our tomato-storage tests from earlier in the summer, with some basic tips for how you really should store your tomatoes.
Add a little water to absinthe or pastis and the spirit suddenly goes milky. Why? We dig into the mystery and science.
So you're in the middle of baking cookies and find out that what you thought was cocoa powder is really a jar of peanut butter. Can you swap in a chocolate bar instead? The answer's a tricky one.
There are some baking ingredients you can substitute without a problem, but what about cocoa powder?
The going wisdom is that tomatoes don't belong in the fridge. Our tests show that it may be a lot more complicated than that.
Is a pressure cooker the secret weapon for perfectly cooked grains? We put it to the test, with surprising results.
The rules of vegetable blanching say to use a big pot of water, salt, and then shock in ice water. Is any of this true? We tried a series of tests to find out which you should do and which you should forget.
Bread doesn't just go stale by drying out: It also goes stale due to the retrogradation of starch. Don't know what that means? We explain it, then show how best to store bread so that you can eat it days on end.
On a molecular level, all fats are composed of triglycerides—a compound of three fatty acids bound to a molecule of glycerol.
Wait, sorry, did your eyes just glaze over? Yeah, mine too. Let's start over.
Sam Adams founder Jim Koch swallows active dry yeast before drinking, claiming it can help keep you from getting wasted. Today we'll look at the science of alcohol metabolism to find out if this trick could actually work.