Test Kitchen Tips

Our Test Kitchen is full of culinary experts who have picked up plenty of handy tricks and techniques over the years. Check out our favorite cooking tips that’ll make cooking and baking at home easier than ever.

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How Long to Thaw a Turkey

How long does it take for a turkey to thaw? Here's how you can thaw a turkey in the refrigerator, in the sink and even in the microwave.

30 Turkey Tips Everyone Should Know This Thanksgiving

We’re sharing Thanksgiving advice directly from Taste of Home readers and our Test Kitchen. Use our timeless turkey tips to...


This Is Exactly How Much Turkey to Make Per Person

No need to guess how much turkey per person—this handy rule will make your Thanksgiving easier and oh-so-tasty!


What You Need to Know About Choosing the Perfect Ham

When it comes to picking the best ham for your next feast, the choice is bone-deep.


10 Foolproof Steps for Mailing Cookies This Christmas

Homemade cookies are an always-welcome Christmas gift. But how do you mail cookies so they'll arrive fresh and unbroken?...

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The Ultimate Gingerbread Baking & Decorating Guide

Make gingerbread the highlight of your Christmas celebration with these amazing tips, recipes and how-tos.


Cooking a Small Turkey This Thanksgiving? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Here's a handy guide to buying a small turkey: how much turkey to buy, where to shop and how long...

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Christmas Cookies Baking Guide

Your one-stop shop for Christmas cookie recipes and decorating ideas, plus tips for storing, packaging and mailing Christmas cookies.


10 Mistakes You’re Probably Making When Cooking a Turkey

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful. But if you avoid these common mistakes when cooking a turkey, it'll be that...


How to Prep Your Entire Thanksgiving Meal in Advance

Cooking a Thanksgiving feast is stressful, but it doesn't have to be! We asked a professional chef how to prep...


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30+ Tips Every Baker Needs to Know This Holiday Season

The holiday season is when home bakers kick things into high gear. These holiday baking tips will help you create...

15 Easy Fixes for Common Thanksgiving Glitches

Expect a stress-free Thanksgiving feast with these expert-approved tips for remedying common kitchen errors.


10 Things You Should Put in Your Turkey That Aren’t Stuffing

This year, try a different kind of stuffing. Here are our top picks for ingredients that bring flavor and moisture...


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Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas to Try This Year

Need a new Christmas cookie decorating idea? Try these stunning techniques that will make your cookie tray merry and bright.


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Is Your Oven Working Properly? Here’s How to Find Out.

To make sure your oven is ready for everything you'll throw at it (or in it), remember three things: Calibrate...


14 Christmas Cookie Baking Hacks to Help You Win the Holiday Season

Between shopping for gifts and entertaining guests, the most wonderful time of the year can get pretty stressful. Save time...

Decorating Tips for Gingerbread Cookies

Have some fun this season by creating elaborately decorated cutouts or using these tips to make your simple cookies stand...


Our 5 Best Tips for Making the Perfect Cookie Tray

Planning to host a holiday party this year? Impress your guests with a beautifully arranged cookie tray. Not sure where...


10 Mistakes You’re Making When Decorating Cookies

Have more fun in the kitchen over the holidays with secrets for decorating Christmas cookies, straight from the experts.


10 Secrets to Baking the Best Cutout Cookies

Whipping up bakery-perfect sugar cookies only requires two basic ingredients: a little love and a little baking know-how.


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The Cutest Ways to Package Food Gifts

Go beyond the tin! We've got plenty of creative ways to wrap up food gifts and homemade treats just in...


The Secret Ingredient That Totally Transforms Sweet Potatoes

Here's the tale of a traditional Turkey Day side dish and its deliciously vintage twist. Who knew?!


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Here’s the Easiest Way to Make Your Holiday Cookies Stand Out

We love beautifully frosted Christmas cookies, but they can be hard work! But we found the easiest way to decorate...


Here’s the Secret Ingredient for Perfect Pumpkin Pie

You can make a pumpkin pie from scratch that will have everyone asking, "How DID you do that?"

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Why You Should Never Make Your Thanksgiving Turkey in a Bag

When cooking turkey in a bag, think plastic. Paper grocery bags can be toxic. Here's why.


The Most Common Reasons Why Your Pie Crust Isn’t Working

Running into these pie crust problems? We can help!


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Why You Should Think Twice About Cooking a Stuffed Turkey

Turkey stuffing can be delicious and a great essential to have for Thanksgiving—if done properly. We'll show you how to...


10 Common Baking Problems and How to Fix Them

Is your latest bake less than perfect? Here's how to learn from your mistakes.


Cookie Packaging Ideas & Tips

To keep your cookies, brownies and bars looking their best, use these cookie packaging ideas. Make sure they arrive in...