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The Coronavirus Cooking Guide

More of us are cooking at home than ever before. This guide is for anyone who's not quite sure where to start, whether you're new to cooking, looking to hone your technique, or just trying to get through a tower of pantry staples.

More of us are cooking at home than ever before. This guide is for anyone who's not quite sure where to start, whether you're new to cooking, looking to hone your technique, or just trying to get through a tower of pantry staples.

Food Prep

Before You Get Started
If there's one thing that's become clearer than ever, it's that being prepared matters. Getting food on the table is an even bigger struggle right now, so taking an extra few minutes to prep well—thinking through what you need to do, setting up a work station, handling your ingredients properly, and being organized—can make the process easier and less overwhelming. Here's how.
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Knife Skills

Slice and Dice Like a Pro
No one learns to master a knife overnight, but the sooner you start practicing good cutting techniques, the better you'll get at speeding through what can otherwise be an overly time-consuming task. Plus, if you use good technique, you'll be less likely to injure yourself in the kitchen, which is the last thing any of us needs right now.
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Food Storage

Keep it Fresh
Since our shopping trips are less frequent, we need to stock up a bit more than usual, which in turn means we all want to make sure all the fresh proteins and produce we bring home lasts as long as possible. From keeping herbs vibrant to freezing soups and stews for efficient freezer storage and quick defrosting, these articles and guides have you covered.

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Cooking Basics

One Step at a Time
Everything you need to know to comfortably tackle pantry staples like pasta, grains, canned tomatoes, and beans, along with the fundamentals of preparing meats and other proteins, vegetables, and baked goods.
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Beans
Inexpensive, nutritious, and delicious, beans are a pantry staple that just keep on giving. They're endlessly variable, too: the come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes; each type has its own distinct flavor; and you can prepare them any number of ways. Whether you purée them into soups, load them into stews and chilis, toss them in a hearty salad, or eat them dressed simply with olive oil and black pepper, the humble bean is a cornerstone ingredient in our kitchens.
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Pasta
A lot of comfort can be found in a simple bowl of pasta. With just a few key techniques and a slew of classic and creative recipes to choose from, you can keep your carb-filled dinners restaurant-worthy and endlessly fresh and interesting.
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Rice and Grains
The world of grains is a model of diversity. There are whole grains like wheatberries and spelt, breakfast standbys like oatmeal, corn in all its forms, and endless varieties of rice. Not to mention millet, teff, barley, rye, and more. They're the backbone of just about every diet and cuisine around the world, responsible for breads and pastas, porridges and mushes, risottos and tahdigs, you name it. There are a million ways to cook them, so we'd best get started.
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Canned Tomatoes
Tomato season is short, so most of the year, when market tomatoes are pale and mealy, we rely almost exclusively on ones from cans, which are picked when ripe and canned right away. It's summertime trapped in a tin. But not all canned tomatoes are created equal, and some have additives that can mess up a recipe. Learn more about which ones to choose, then dive into our archive or recipes from soups to bruschetta to pasta sauces galore.

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Eggs
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse of protein, nutrients, and fat, and there's a staggering variety of dishes we can whip up with them: fried, scrambled, poached, and shirred; mashed into a salad; deviled; gently baked into a custard; and whisked into so many rich and silky sauces, from Hollandaise to carbonara and crème anglaise. Learn the techniques for these preparations and more, because once you've mastered the egg, you've pretty much mastered the kitchen.
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Vegetables
Just because we're locked down doesn't mean fresh fruits and vegetables are off the table. Get tips for how to roast, purée, blanch, or sauté your favorite greens, plus tips to make sure what you bring home from the supermarket lasts as long as possible in the fridge.
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Chicken
Whether you want to simply grill boneless, skinless chicken breasts, roast a whole bird so that the skin is cracklingly crisp and the meat underneath remains moist and juicy, or fire up a pile of messy wings for a night of Netflix-and-chill, we've got you covered. With our help, you'll never be sick of chicken again.
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Beef
Did you splurge on some fancy steaks and now want to make sure you cook them right? Or perhaps you're lucky enough to own a deep freezer loaded with larger roasts and pounds of ground chuck and are in search of new recipe ideas. No matter the case, we have the recipes and techniques for steaks, burgers, roasts, stews, braises, and more to help you get it all on the table—and tasting delicious.
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Pork
We do love our pork at Serious Eats, something we've written about over and over in excruciatingly delicious, nose-to-tail detail. There's no animal with a wider vareity of cuts and uses. Try a rib roast that you can portion and freeze, make the best of simple sautéed chops, or use cured pork products like bacon, pancetta, and guanciale in pasta sauces like Carbonara and Amatriciana.
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Bread
It's amazing what you can make with just the simple combination of flour and water. Add ingredients like egg, dairy, and fats, and your options are virtually limitless. From a classic loaf of crusty white bread to scones, bagels, flatbreads, and more, these beginner-friendly bread recipes are a great way to put your pantry staples to good use.
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Baking
Many of us find baking soothing, but if you're new to it, the opposite can be true. For those just getting started, we have step-by-step walk-throughs of our cookie, cake, and custard recipes, along with the science behind why they work. Or just click on through to see all our projects, big and small.
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