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You Can Measure Vanilla Extract Using the Bottle Cap

Though it’s my job to search and discover all sorts of kitchen tips and tricks, I sometimes find that the best tips come from you in the comments section. This was the case earlier today, when commenter Auntie Mumpsimus pointed out that most extract bottle caps can double as measuring spoons.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Don’t Sous-Vide Bread Unless You Like the Taste of Gummy Shame

Hello friends, and welcome back to Will It Sous Vide?, the column where I usually make whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator. This week we’re once again attempting sous-vide baking which, with the exception of custard-based desserts, has not exactly worked out well in the past.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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For Better Pie Crust, Resort to Violence

Pie crust recipes that don’t list patience as an ingredient should be considered false advertising. Though I’m a deeply impatient person, I insist on making my own pie crust because my love for pie apparently outweighs my hate for waiting. Over the years, I’ve figured out how to produce flaky pastry without waiting…Read more… Continue […]

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Sunday Showdown: Parchment Paper Vs. Silicone Baking Mats

Whether you’re baking cookies, roasting vegetables, or making the sweetest of candy, pan stickage is something you want to avoid. Both silicone baking mats and parchment paper can be used to coat pans, provide a non-stick surface, and cut down on cleaning time, but which one should you stock in your kitchen?Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Why Failure Is a Useful Kitchen Tool

There seems to be a lot of pressure on the home cook these days. It’s not enough to feed your family chicken breasts—one should be feeding them free-range, organic, perfectly juicy chicken breasts that were cooked sous-vide and served with vegetables you regrew from a curated selection of kitchen scraps. This…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Up Your Baking Game By Embossing Your Pastries

Have you ever stared at an empanada, willing it to tell you what delicious filling it contained within its pastry walls? If this scenario sounds familiar, I have good news: you can—as Twitter user @savelexi has shown us—emboss your pastry dough with identifying information, so you never have to wonder if you’re…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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A Digital Thermometer Makes Cooking Infinitely Easier

Temperature is probably the most important variable in cooking, but it can be hard to control if you don’t know what it is. Sure, there are various tests you can employ to test “doneness” of various foods—the ol’ palm trick for steaks; the toothpick inserted in a cake—but these only give you approximations. If you…Read […]

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A Digital Thermometer Makes Cooking Infinitely Easier

Temperature is probably the most important variable in cooking, but it can be hard to control if you don’t know what it is. Sure, there are various tests you can employ to test “doneness” of various foods—the ol’ palm trick for steaks; the toothpick inserted in a cake—but these only give you approximations. If you…Read […]

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A Digital Thermometer Makes Cooking Infinitely Easier

Temperature is probably the most important variable in cooking, but it can be hard to control if you don’t know what it is. Sure, there are various tests you can employ to test “doneness” of various foods—the ol’ palm trick for steaks; the toothpick inserted in a cake—but these only give you approximations. If you…Read […]

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