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11 Kitchen Unitaskers That Are Worth the Space

The Whirley Pop is silly, thin cheap aluminum, and yes I have one. Any stockpot does as well or better. Just shake the pot well, and make sure the steam can vent. Our Whirley Pop is tucked away in a basement box.

The Best Inexpensive Digital Thermometers

There is a 25% discount on the Javelin right now at Amazon
Coupon Code: YHNT86QC

Equipment: The Best Manual Citrus Juicers and Reamers

I ordered a Chef'n juicer in green ($4 cheaper, same size as yellow).... then cancelled after I read the very negative reviews on Amazon.
I use my juicer a lot, and the gist of the reviews is the plastic does not stand up to heavy use.
I wish you had reviewed the inexpensive stand presses that start around $60 on Amazon.

Easiest Summer Ever: How to Make Your Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad Even Better

My favorite commonly available Feta is the Sheep's Milk "Pastures of Eden" sold at Trader Joe's. Very creamy, delicious.

How to Make Angel Food Cake Even Better: Go Gluten-Free

I agree with Ananonnie on rice flour, avoid gritter western brands like Bob's Red Mill, use Thai rice flour, it's silky smooth. You could probably drop one or two of the other flours if you used more fine rice flour instead.

The Essential Tools for Homemade Pizza

One HUGE advantage of the Baking Steel over any kind of stone is the smell. Any kind of stone is porous, and once you have cheese overflow, or any kind of grease drip on it, it will FOREVER stink up your house every time you use it. There is NO WAY to remove that slowly smoldering stink that will forever come from your pizza stone.
Baking Steel has no such problem, you can drip all the cheese you want on it, a cheap plancha scraper works wonders. I recommend the Deglon Plancha Spatula because it's cheap, and fast.

The Food Lab's Guide to Sous Vide Sausage

What about freezing the sausages to hold their shape before vacuum sealing them? Should get your perfect shape, and no air.

The Best Yorkshire Puddings


The Food Lab Pronto: Soak Your Pasta for Easy Skillet Baked Ziti

I tried pre-soaking some small pasta for Mac n Cheese in warm salt water, it turned into a lump of dough.
I find it's REALLY important to use cold water, and be careful with thin pasta, or with pasta made from cheaper flour.

The Food Lab: For Easier Baked Ziti, Soak, Don't Boil Your Pasta

We keep pasta soaking in the fridge in a tub of salted water in the fridge. Grab a handful, add some butter, microwave with some sauce, and you have freshly cooked pasta in a couple minutes.
It doesn't seem to break down until 3 weeks in the fridge where the amount of starch at the bottom of the tub starts to look scary. Of course the heavier/thicker the pasta the longer it keeps before breaking down. Those little mexican shells made for soup seem to hold up really well.

The Food Lab: How to Make a Burger King-Style Whopper Fit for The King

Defile a whopper with cheese goop.... sad.

Flame broiled does not call out for cheese, it calls out out for lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and mayo. I'd skip the ketchup, too sweet.

Easiest Summer Ever: Tomato, Bacon, Mayonnaise, and an English Muffin

Sadly Thomas' changed their recipe to make them softer right out of the package, and extend the shelf life. They are now sort of pasty unless you toast them completely hard and dry.
My current favorite commercial English muffin is the Market Basket Premium. It doesn't have as much of the Thomas' taste, but it's much closer to an actual baked good than a failed science experiment.

The Food Lab's Complete Guide to Sous Vide Steak

Android 4.3 required?! Guess my 1 year old Chinese phone is no-go

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

Sorry, but I've been finding McNuggets just as random as McDonalds Fries.
Sometimes they are crisp with a nice interior. Other times they are stale hard tough with a spongy dry interior.
The worst though are the rancid oil ones. They've got a serious quality control problem when the cooking fat is so far gone that it leaves a bitter tannic coating in your mouth, nasty.
The real shock is how well they heat up, just a 1/4 of oil in a fry pan, a minute or two each side gives you crunchy nuggets better than you ever get fresh.

How to Make Sichuan-Style Wontons in Chili Oil

Whenever I've had this in restaurants it was always too sweet for my taste, and completely overwhelmed the flavor of the wontons or dumplings. I think I would prefer it sauce on the side, and cut way back on the sugar.

This No-Knead Olive-Rosemary Focaccia With Pistachios Takes Just 15 Minutes of Prep

I've made this 6 times now, and I do NOT get a soft sponge like the picture unless I increase the water. With the less water I got a very tight crumb like white bread. I'm now using 380g water with 500g flour, and the results are excellent, large open crumb, chewy texture like a good ciabatta, incredible outside crust.

I've also stopped bothering with the forming step, I don't want to mess of flour all over the counter, and who cares if it's perfectly smooth?

I dump the dough right into the greased pan, push/pull it to spread out a little without deflating too much, then cover for an hour. I immediately refill the bowl with fresh ingredients (then I don't have to wash it!).

After the hour or two of proofing, I add toppings, set oven to 550F, and it finishes final proof while the oven warms up.

This No-Knead Olive-Rosemary Focaccia With Pistachios Takes Just 15 Minutes of Prep

I love that lots of items are in weight. Sadly, not the oil?
I hate to dirty a measuring cup, so I put the cast iron skillet on the scale and added 26g of oil for the bottom.

This No-Knead Olive-Rosemary Focaccia With Pistachios Takes Just 15 Minutes of Prep

I wish you had a picture of the dough after mixing, but before rising. I followed your recipe 500g flour, 325g water, but the result is not wet, I had trouble getting all the dry bits integrated into a ball.

Taste Test: British Digestives

Sad there is no mention of how McVitie's have screwed with their recipes to reduce "saturated fat", and salt. McVitie's Ginger Nuts have been ruined by this food police action.

The Food Lab: How to Cook Sous Vide Turkey Breast With Extra-Crisp Skin

I really don't want to use two different cooking methods for the breast vs thighs.

If I want to sous-vide the thighs, what temperature for how long?
Searching the web, I see lots of recipes for 140F for 24 hours, but the results are unappealing to traditional eaters (RED!!!).

The Food Lab: How to Make Extra Creamy Squash Lasagna

Adding maple syrup too? Cheesy sweet lasagna for Desert.

Turn Your Pasta Into Ramen With Baking Soda

Has anyone tried this with presoaking pasta?
I've had some excellent results putting dried pasta into cold water in the fridge for as long as a week. Then drain the slightly starchy water, add a little fresh water and salt. Microwave until it changes color, and takes on the desired texture. I bet if you presoak in baking soda water you'd end up with something like fresh ramen noodles.