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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      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 cook a Thanksgiving turkey that will impress the whole family!

      What Is Sun Tea?

      For many people, learning how to make sun tea was an essential part of growing up—but is this nostalgic method...

      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!

      12 Common Toaster Mistakes You May Be Making

      Your toaster is one of the simpler appliances in the kitchen, but we still find ways to use it incorrectly....

      15 Ways Quarantine Has Changed Our Kitchen Habits

      We've changed the way we cook since COVID-19 hit. But along the way, our staff discovered some quarantine cooking tips...

      What Can You Do with Leftover Pumpkin Puree?

      Don't let leftover pumpkin puree go to waste! We'll show you how to use up that extra pumpkin at the...

      How to Cook an Upside-Down Turkey

      Upside-down turkey? You heard us right! Find out why you should flip your bird for a delicious holiday dinner.

      Could a Hairdryer Be the Secret to Your Best-Ever Thanksgiving Turkey?

      Is this another internet gimmick—or is it the secret to Thanksgiving turkey perfection? I put this unusual skin-crisping method to...

      The Best Apples for Apple Crisp

      The secret to making the best apple crisp is using a combination of sweet and tart apples, or choosing an...

      How to Freeze Cilantro

      Can you freeze cilantro? You sure can! Learn how to preserve this fresh herb right in your freezer.

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      10 Salad Prep Tricks You’ll Want to Try Out

      Never have a boring or bland salad again thanks to these salad prep tips.

      Which Ground Beef is Best for Burgers?

      Making the perfect burger starts with picking the right blend of beef and that doesn’t always mean the one with...

      The Brilliant Frozen Pizza Trick You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

      You can have the perfect slice of frozen pizza every time with this simple trick.

      The Best Wood for Cutting Boards, According to Our Test Kitchen

      The right cutting board is easy to clean, gentle on your knives and looks great, too. So which type of...

      11 Mistakes You May Be Making with Fresh Basil

      Fresh basil is one of the most beloved herbs for good reason—it's easy to grow and makes an amazing addition...

      When to Use a Blender vs. a Food Processor

      Don’t pass up a great recipe because you’re missing an appliance. Our Test Kitchen pros explain how to make the...

      The One Thing You’re NOT Doing with Your Paper Towels (But Should Be)

      Paper towels belong in your refrigerator. Surprised? Hear us out!

      8 Secret Tips for No-Cook Cooking

      There are plenty of ways to "cook" without heating anything at all. Here's how to make easy food without cooking...

      8 KitchenAid Mixer Mistakes Everyone’s Made

      You love your KitchenAid mixer, but are you using it properly?

      What to Look for Before You Buy a Stand Mixer

      Need a hand deciding which stand mixer is best for you? Our stand mixer buying guide has all the info...

      This Is the Secret to Better Baked Potatoes

      Learn the secrets to making a perfect British-style jacket potato. Once you try this fluffy baked potato, there's no going...

      6 Ways to Make Your Bananas Last Longer

      Goodbye, brown bananas! We scoured old cookbooks and interviewed experts to find out just how to keep bananas fresh.

      Your Guide to Freezing Zucchini

      To stretch this classic summer vegetable beyond harvest season, we'll explain everything you need to know about freezing zucchini.

      How to Store Corn on the Cob

      Here's the right way to keep your corn so it'll stay fresh and delicious.

      What You Need to Know About Nondairy Milk Alternatives

      We're here to answer the most common questions about nondairy milk alternatives, plus share insights on baking with nondairy milk.

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      12 Essential Tips that Make Traveling with Food So Much Easier

      Keep your potluck dishes safe and sound with these genius tips for traveling with food.

      Red vs. Green Rhubarb: How to Choose Rhubarb the Right Way

      If you’re new to cooking with rhubarb, it can be a little confusing to shop for it. Here, we’ll guide...