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Chinese Velveting 101: An Introduction to Water-Velveting

Velveting meat is a common practice in Chinese stir-fries: By marinating strips of meat with egg white and cornstarch, then dipping then in a hot oil bath before finally stir-frying them, the meat develops a texture that is tender, silky, and smooth. But the hot oil bath is cumbersome for home cooks. Here's how to do it with water instead at home, with just-as-good results. More

How to Grill Whole Fish

Grilling may be one of my favorite ways to cook a whole fish—the intense direct heat does wonders to the skin, crisping it up, while the coals below impart a delicious flavor to the fish. Granted, it's not quite as easy as just tossing a whole fish in the oven, but a few key steps will guarantee it comes out perfect every time. More

The Food Lab: How to Make Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak Pinwheels

Flank steak is one of those cuts of meat custom-built for the grill. When cooked right, it has a mild, beefy flavor and lean texture, with just the right amount of chew when you slice it thinly across the grain. Butterfly that flank steak and stuff it with flavor-packed ingredients like Italian cold cuts, cheeses, and punchy condiments, and you're really in business. A nice flank steak pinwheel is one of the fastest-cooking and most impressive-looking pieces of meat you can throw on the grill, the kind of thing to pull out when you want to impress the neighbors. More

Real Talk: Stop Bashing Ice Cream Stabilizers

When you strike out on your own to start a food company, you do so with some guiding principles. For your typical small batch ice cream maker, that often means buying premium dairy, making denser (but costlier) ice cream and—one that usually makes its way onto labels for all consumers to see—not using any ice cream stabilizers. This can be a huge mistake. Here's why. More

The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've never been able to get a chocolate chip cookie exactly the way I like. I'm talking chocolate cookies that are barely crisp around the edges with a buttery, toffee-like crunch that transitions into a chewy, moist center that bends like caramel, rich with butter and big pockets of melted chocolate. I made it my goal to test each and every element from ingredients to cooking process, leaving no chocolate chip unturned in my quest for the best. 32 pounds of flour, over 100 individual tests, and 1,536 cookies later, I had my answers. More

The Serious Eats Guide to Pourover Coffee

Whether you call it by-the-cup, hand-brewed, or manually brewed coffee, anytime you're creating a fresh, single cup experience by pouring water over coffee into a cone, you're making a "pourover"—a flavorful, clean-tasting way to express the qualities of drip coffee (that can hold myriad subtle and fanciful flavors that can get lost in the concentration of espresso, or the sludge of a French press, or the uneven extraction of most automatic drip machines.) Today we offer you our definitive guide to pourover. More

The Easiest Way to Make Vanilla Ice Cream at Home

As far as desserts go, ice cream's incredibly easy to make. To prove it, I've laid out what I think is the easiest way to make vanilla ice cream* at home, step by step, ingredient by ingredient. You'll need less than 30 minutes of active prep time, a few hours to an overnight wait, and half an hour of effortless churn time. And that's it: start this recipe in the morning and you can have fresh ice cream for dessert that night. More

What's Your Iced Coffee Method?

As long as the sun is out (even if the wind is brisk), I'm game for a cool afternoon caffeine kick. But these days there's an entire menu of possible iced coffee brewing methods...even if you're just making yourself an iced coffee at home. Here's a rundown of a few different options. More

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