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The Food Lab's Definitive Guide to Prime Rib

Is there anything more truly beautiful than a perfect prime rib? A deep brown crust crackling with salt and fat, sliced open to reveal a juicy pink center that extends from edge to edge as it gets sliced. It's the ultimate in luxurious holiday roasts, but its high price can make it daunting to cook for even seasoned roasters. Here's the definitive guide to buying, storing, preparing, cooking, carving, and serving absolutely perfect prime rib. More

The Food Lab Redux: Perfect Prime Rib

The prime rib is the roast that has most often graced my family's holiday table in various states of increasing deliciousness (I mean, you should see the overcooked, under-browned, dried up, flavorless things we used to eat!), and the one that most represents the holidays to me. It only makes sense that I've invested considerable time, effort, and BTUs in inching my cooking technique closer and closer to optimal. Here is the state of the affairs in the Prime Rib Universe as they stand today. More

The Food Lab's Complete Guide to Dry-Aging Beef at Home

This guide will show you exactly how to dry-age at home, how relatively simple it is, and how it can vastly improve the eating quality of your steaks and roasts until they are better than what you can buy at even the best gourmet supermarket. And unlike many other places that claim similar results, I actually have the blind taste tests to prove it! More

The Food Lab: Can I Dry Age Beef At Home?

Have you ever wondered why the steak at a great steakhouse can taste so much better and more tender than the steaks you pull off your backyard grill? Or why they cost so much more? Dry aging is the process by which large cuts of beef are aged for anywhere from several weeks to several months before being trimmed and cut into steaks. It's a process that not only helps the steak develop flavor, but also makes it far more tender than it would be completely fresh. But if there's one question I hear more often than any other about expensive beef, it's, "Can I dry age steak at home?" The experts all disagree, so I decided to take the testing into my own hands. More

Serious Entertaining: A Blowout Christmas Dinner

In my family, Thanksgiving is all about family (or at the very least, all about pretending that it's all about family for a night). Christmas, on the other hand, is where we tend to get a little wild. It's the one meal of the year where we go for a no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the-metal, full-tilt blowout. It's like we go all year saving up our calories for a rainy day, and that rainy day is Christmas. Missing the point of Christmas? Maybe. Overly extravagant? Possibly. Extremely, mind-blowingly, opulently delicious? You bet your a$$. Here's what a typical Christmas dinner at the Alt family might look like. More

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