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You Can Take Your Temperature With a Meat Thermometer

Just like isopropyl alcohol and Clorox wipes, the coronavirus pandemic has turned oral thermometers into an impossibly hot commodity. If you’ve been unable to track one down to take your temperature, the solution might already be in your kitchen—as it turns out, meat thermometers work as well on human mouths as they…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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You Need a Pair of Kitchen Shoes

I have hilariously bad circulation in my extremities, which means that I wear thick socks and slippers 24/7 from October to May. This year, I got extremely cushy slippers for Christmas—and proceeded to immediately spill all kinds of bullshit on them while cooking dinner for my family. Tragic. Luckily, none of the stains Read more…

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Banish Your Condiments to a Cooler for Stress-Free Thanksgiving Prep

Cramming a whole Thanksgiving’s worth of ingredients into an already full fridge can be a physically impossible task. If you’re cooking a big meal in a tiny kitchen this year, temporarily evicting the non-essentials will give you all the fridge space you need to stay on top of prep. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Defrost Frozen Meat in About Half the Time with a Hot Water Bath

Buying meat when it’s on sale and then freezing it for when you need it is great in theory. However, in practice, it’s incredibly difficult (some might even say impossible) to remember to thaw that meat ahead of time. The recommended method of thawing frozen meat overnight in the fridge can not only take more […]

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Roast Vegetables on a Rack for Maximum Crispiness

Water is the enemy of crisp, perfectly golden brown roasted vegetables—which sucks, because vegetables contain a lot of it. If you’re all about those crispy edges, try reaching for a cooling rack. More air circulation means all that water will actually evaporate, so your vegetables turn out crispy every single time. Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Make the Best Pureed Vegetable Soup

Allegedly, there’s no wrong way to make a pot of puréed vegetable soup. But I dunno—have you ever made a really bad batch? At its worst, it’s truly unsalvageable; a bland, watery disaster that no amount of clever seasoning and full-fat dairy can help. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Sheet Pans Make Great Pan Sauces Too

It’s hard to beat sheet pan meals for convenience. Roasting proteins and vegetables side by side in the same pan is a fuss-free path to a complete meal. Well, almost complete—where’s the sauce? A sheet pan is still a pan, so why do we reserve pan sauces for skillets? Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Sheet Pans Make Great Pan Sauces Too

It’s hard to beat sheet pan meals for convenience. Roasting proteins and vegetables side by side in the same pan is a fuss-free path to a complete meal. Well, almost complete—where’s the sauce? A sheet pan is still a pan, so why do we reserve pan sauces for skillets? Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Not Lose a Finger in the Kitchen

As many times as I have watched deft prep cooks slice tomatoes and chop onions with nary a nick, I remain stalwartly accident-prone in the kitchen. I can’t seem to master that “bear claw” grip whereby you tuck your fingertips on the stabilizing hand to prevent accidentally knifing yourself. After an unfortunate…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Not Lose a Finger in the Kitchen

As many times as I have watched deft prep cooks slice tomatoes and chop onions with nary a nick, I remain stalwartly accident-prone in the kitchen. I can’t seem to master that “bear claw” grip whereby you tuck your fingertips on the stabilizing hand to prevent accidentally knifing yourself. After an unfortunate…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Quickly Thaw Frozen Food Using These Techniques

If you’ve ever found yourself in a position where you need to defrost some chicken thighs ASAP, you’ve probably wondered which thawing method is best and also quickest. Well, you’re in luck—because that’s exactly what we’re about to tell you.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Leave Onion Roots Intact for Easier Slicing and Dicing

By now, I could chop an onion in my sleep: slice it in half, trim off the stem and root, peel, and slice away. In all my years of onion prep, it never occurred to me to shake things up, but skipping just one of those steps—removing the root—has changed my heavily onion-based repertoire for […]

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