Tools & Techniques

The Cooking Tools & Techniques channel offers information on prep methods to how to guides that will get you started in the kitchen. This section will also guide you through kitchen safety and best practices for the storage of foods.

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Non-wheat Flours Don't Have to Be Daunting

Baking and cooking with non-wheat flours like cassava flour, almond flour and even rice flour doesn't have to be intimidating. We talked to experts about which flour is the right one to use when.

Great British Baking Terms: Know Your Scones From Your Biscuits

American viewers of the hit "The Great British Baking Show" might be confused by the challenge for "Biscuit Week." We break down how the American biscuit is vastly different from the British version.

Lox, Gravlax and Nova: What's the Difference?

The three salmon preparation methods all have similarities, but they're are intensely different.

Just in Time for Pancake Day, Scientists Develop Pancake Calculator

Some Polish scientists created a calculator that can give you the perfect proportions for 14 different international types of pancakes.

4 Steps to Safely Ship Holiday Cookies

Everyone loves getting holiday cookie care packages. But nobody loves getting packages of cookie crumbles.

8 Awesome Uses for Your Instant Pot

Instant Pot is all the rage. But what's the big deal? What makes this pressure cooker so great?

Natural Spray Triples Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables

We discard shameful amounts of produce each year — but a new product could help us curb waste and feed more people.

HowStuffWorks Illustrated: Forgot to Defrost Your Turkey?

HowStuffWorks breaks down the fastest and safest method to defrost your turkey so you can get it in the oven and on the table.

Keep These 5 Foods Out of the Fridge

Not everything is enhanced by being kept in your refrigerator. These five foods definitely do better outside it — here's why.

How to Keep Guac From Turning to Goop

Who hasn't had their delicious green guac turn into brown slime overnight? Here's how to save it.

Come and Get It! A Spicy Barbecue Quiz

Barbecue season is upon us in all its mouth-watering glory. What's your BBQ IQ? Find out with this quiz.

Can You Microwave a Steak to a Perfect Medium-rare?

If a microwave's your only option, could you make it work?

Food May Soon Be 3-D Printed to Meet Nutritional Needs

3-D printed food? It could be coming to your plate in the not-so-far-off future.

The Delectable History of Cookbooks

A 4th-century cookbook advised readers how to get rid of the 'goatish smell' from stale bird meat.

What's the Fastest Way to Thaw a Frozen Turkey?

What's the fastest way to thaw a frozen turkey on Thanksgiving? There are a few different methods to do it safely.

How Restaurant Health Inspections Work

When your favorite restaurant ends up on the TV news with a C rating from the health inspector, does that mean you should never eat there again? Not so fast.

How Barbecue Works

Almost every country in the world has some dish involving meat cooked over the fire. In the U.S., it's called barbecue. Come with us on a mouthwatering-journey through the history, politics and techniques of barbecue.

Extra 3-D Printed Cheese, Please

First researchers used a 3-D printer to make a pizza for NASA. Now scientists in Ireland have used the same technology to print cheese.

This Ancient Secret for Making Tacos Nutritious and Safe Is Still Used Today

Pre-Columbian civilizations perfected a way of processing corn that's still important.

The World's First 3-D Printing Restaurant Pops Up

Looking for the next great dining experience? There’s a pop-up restaurant going around the world that’ll print your meal for you.

How the Food Industry Made 'Artisan' Meaningless

Where did America's love affair with 'hand-made' food come from, and where is it going?

Would You Rather Eat Cruz or Clinton? PancakeBot Can Make Both

A smiley face is old school. And your pancake letters look awful. How about making flapjacks that remind you of your favorite presidential candidate? Or your dog?

Sacrilege, or Science? Freezing These Two Steak Cuts Increases Tenderness

Conventional wisdom says freezing steaks can make them tougher after thawing. But that's not the case for these two cuts of beef, a new study confirms.

How do they figure out the number of calories in a recipe?

Is determining it as simple as adding up the calories in the ingredients and dividing them by the number of servings? Or does the cooking (or even the digestive process) change the final calorie count?

But Will It Caffeinate My Pastries?

Those coffee beans you grind for fresh brew actually come from a fruit, and the flesh of that fruit is being used in a new way — to make flour.


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