Ingredient Guides

Take a deep dive into ingredients, from commonplace produce to lesser-known condiments, with tips on how to procure, use, and store each one.
Overhead view of a plate of labneh with zatar pita chips surrounded by a grocery store container of labneh, a bowl of zatar, and a plate of pita chips
All About Labaneh
Deeply browned braised swordfish steaks on a platter with a rich tomato, caper, olive sauce.
Agghiotta di Pesce Spada (Sicilian Braised Swordfish With Tomatoes and Olives)
Bowl of potato starch noodles in sesame dressing on a countertop
The Many Possibilities of Potato Starch
Overhead of a whole rabbit broken down into parts on a baking sheet.
How to Break Down a Rabbit
A Guide to Pepper: The World’s Most Popular Spice
Bags of different types of flour against a purple background.
Types of Flour: A Guide
Roman-style spaghetti alla carrettiera, with tomatoes, tuna, porcini mushrooms, and more, piled on a plate and sprinkled with fresh parsley
Essential Pantry Staples for Better Pasta
overhead shot of an array of tinned fish, or conservas, on a wooden table with bread and olives.
A Guide to Canned Fish and Seafood from Spain and Portugal
Closeup of freshly harvested green and purple olives in sunlight
A Beginner's Guide to Olives: 14 Varieties Worth Seeking Out
How to Cut an Airline Chicken Breast
Spice Hunting: New Things To Do with Mint
The Joy and Economics of Cooking Pizza At Home
Meet the Umami Bomb of Dessert: Malted Milk Powder
California Common
How to Buy Fresh Beer and Why it Matters
Spice Hunting: Turbinado Sugar
Spice Hunting: Aji Amarillo
Fuchsia Dunlop on Sichuan Cooking's Essential Ingredients
Noosa Yoghurt: Australian-Style Yogurt Gets In On The Game
The Secrets Behind Making Incredible Matcha
Cajun Spice Blend: Store-Bought or Homemade?
5 Spices You Need to Start Cooking More Indian Food
Tea Time: All About Matcha
Spice Hunting: The Lure of Forgotten Spices
The Best Baguette You Can Make at Home
Close-up of njahi (Kenyan Black Beans)
The Njahi Wars: Behind Kenya's Controversial Black Bean
The Serious Eats Guide to Beans
Can I Substitute Dried Beans for Canned?
Should I Salt My Bean-Cooking Water?
So You Like Flavor? Don't Soak Your Black Beans!
A pot filled with dry beans, a carrot, a garlic clove, onion, and a sprig of fresh sage.
Transform Any Pot of Beans With Flavor-Packed Aromatics and Herbs
The Best Supermarket Black Bean Burgers
A Hill of Beans, and How I Cooked Them
Ask a Sommelier: What to Drink With Chili
How to Cook Wagyu Beef at Home
Two dry-aged steaks cooking in a cast iron skillet.
How to Dry Age Beef
10 Tips for Better Burgers | The Food Lab
Sous Vide Steak Guide | The Food Lab
A large cowboy steak grilling on a charcoal barbecue.
7 Myths About Cooking Steak That Need to Go Away
Cooked ribeye cap, also called spinalis dorsi or calotte.
Meet the Ribeye Cap, the Tastiest Cut on the Cow
The Best Inexpensive Steak for the Grill, Part 1: Hanger Steak
What Are the Best Cuts of Beef for Stew?
Salting Ground Beef | The Burger Lab
Dry-Brining Is the Best Way to Brine Meat, Poultry, and More
A sliced prime rib on a wooden carving board
13 Rules For Perfect Prime Rib | The Food Lab
Four Expensive Steak Cuts to Know
Can I Dry Age Beef At Home? | The Food Lab
How to Trim a Whole Beef Tenderloin for Roasting
The Best Inexpensive Steak For The Grill Part 4: Flap Meat (Sirloin Tip)
Rethinking Prime Beef: Why "Choice" May Be Your Best Bet
Slicing Meat Against the Grain | The Food Lab
Pastrami Versus Corned Beef: A Guide to the Jewish Deli
A whole cooked prime rib roast resting on a cutting board.
How to Buy and Cook Prime Rib | The Food Lab
A peanut butter sous vide steak searing in a cast iron skillet.
We Cooked Steaks Coated in Peanut Butter Sous Vide So You Don't Have To
Sliced skirt steak tacos with tomatoes and cilantro on a plate
How to Grill Skirt Steak
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The Food Lab Video Series: Steak Lies
Stew Science: What's the Best Way to Brown Beef?
The Right Way to Use a Meat Thermometer
A pastrami sandwich from Katz's Deli in New York.
How Katz's Deli Makes Their Perfect Pastrami