Kitchen Basics, Tips & Tricks

Whether you're just learning to cook or you're a seasoned pro, we have tips, tricks and general cooking news and knowledge for you here!
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Scrambled Eggs Recipe (With Video)
If you follow our scrambled eggs recipe, this breakfast classic is easy to make. The key is to move them gently in the pan so they don’t brown or get hard.
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How to Use a Steamer Basket the Right Way
A steamer basket is an old-school kitchen tool that you should be using. It's the best way to steam everything from green beans and potatoes to shrimp. Here's how to use one and the best foods to steam in it.
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When to Use Chives vs. Green Onions in Your Cooking
Both are members of the onion family, but they're not the same. Experts share the differences between chives and green onions, and the best ways to use each in your cooking.
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Brown Sugar vs. White Sugar: What's the Difference?
Comparing brown sugar vs white sugar, these two basic sweeteners are similar but can't always be substituted for each other. Learn what the differences are between brown sugar and white sugar, which is best for certain culinary uses, and if you can use brown sugar in place of white in recipes.
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How to Clean a Coffee Maker (for a More Delicious Brew)
A properly cleaned coffee maker is the secret to a more refreshing and tasty cup of joe. Here's how to clean a coffee maker and pot without using any harsh chemicals, as recommended by experts.
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How to Cut a Tomato the Right Way
Learn how to cut a tomato into wedges or slices, including cutting small tomatoes and big heirlooms. Also, get expert advice on the right knife to use to cut a tomato, how to dice tomatoes, and when to deseed a tomato.
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Carrot Puree
This easy carrot puree recipe needs only a sprinkling of salt and pepper to bring out the sweet and earthy flavors of carrots.
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10 Cottage Cheese Recipes That Showcase Its Versatility
Our cottage cheese recipes show how many ways you can use this fresh cheese. It's great in sweet and savory dishes—try it in dips, omelets, kugel, cheesecake, and more.
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How to Store Mangoes the Right Way
Learn how to store mangoes, including why you need to store this tropical fruit differently depending on whether it is unripe or ripe. Also, expert-recommended tips for freezing mango for long-term storage, how to speed the ripening process, and how to enjoy every bite.
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Compound Butter Recipe (With Video)
Compound butter can truly bring a steak dinner together. This one uses chives, thyme, and parsley, and can also be paired with fish, chicken, or vegetables.
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How to Eat Guava, a Favorite Tropical Fruit
Learn how to eat guava, including tips for cutting and serving the fruit and ways to use it. Also, how to choose a ripe guava, how to quickly ripen the fruit, and how to store it at home.
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How to Eat Dragon Fruit the Right Way
Find out how to eat dragon fruit, the tropical fruit with a spiky exterior and luscious, sweet interior. Learn how the different types of dragon fruit taste and the best way to slice or scoop the flesh to eat it. Also, when to use the fruit in recipes.
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How to Store Grapes the Right Way
Learn how to store grapes, including when to wash them, how to wrap them and where to store them according to experts. Also, what to look for when buying grapes so they are fresher when you bring them home.
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Tips for Baking With Silicone Bakeware, According to Pastry Chefs
Learn when and how to use silicone bakeware for your cakes, cookies, and other desserts, as well as for savory baking. Baking instructors share why they like these flexible pans so much and their tips for success. We also look at the cons of baking with silicone pans.
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20 Gut Health Recipes Recommended by Registered Dietitians
From sauerkraut to chia seed pudding, homemade oat crackers, lentil salad, and apple and kale salad, registered dietitians share the best gut health recipes that feature probiotic, prebiotic, and fiber-rich foods to help feed a healthy gut.