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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How to Bake a Cake

Find basic instructions and definitions that will help you bake a perfect cake every time in this article. You'll learn about selecting the proper baking pan, cooling and frosting a finished cake, and more.

Wok Cooking

The wok is most commonly associated with the technique of stir-frying, but can be used to deep-fry, braise, roast, steam, and simmer. Learn the history and technique behind using a wok and then try some recipes for yourself.

How to Cook Rice

Wondering why your rice turns out sticky or chewy sometimes? And when should you use brown rice vs. white rice? Learn how properly cook different kinds of rice and explore a variety of recipes using rice as the main ingredient.

Grilling Chicken

Chicken is a great food to fix on the grill. Chicken pieces are especially versatile and little needs to be done to get them ready to cook. Find tips on grilling chicken in this article.

Cooking Chicken

Chicken is one of the easiest and most versatile meats you can prepare. Bake it, fry it or grill it – just be sure to take the proper safety precautions during preparation.

Baking Cookies

Baking cookies is a wonderful pastime that results in even more wonderful treats. In this article, we'll show you how to bake cookies, as well as test them for doneness and store them properly.

Chicken Safety

Since raw chicken can harbor harmful salmonella bacteria, it's important to know how to properly handle chicken in the kitchen. Learn chicken safety tips in this article, including how to purchase and store chicken confidently.

How to Cook Chicken

Chicken is incredibly versatile and can be cooked many different ways. What's more, each method of cooking helps bring out the individual flavors of chicken. Learn how to cook chicken here.

Preparing Chicken

Chicken is exceptionally versatile and needs very little preparation. But there are several simple techniques that can help add taste, texture, and excitement to a chicken dish. Learn more in this article.

How to Cut Up Chicken

Learn common techniques for cutting up chicken in this informative article. You will find out how to cut a whole chicken into halves or quarters, skin and debone a chicken breast, and more.

How to Make Pizza

Making pizza from scratch can be a fun experience for the entire family. In this article, you will find handy tips on making pizza dough and adding toppings to create a delicious treat for all.

How to Make Lasagna

Stacked layers of long noodles, sauce, cheese, and meat -- the ingredients of lasagna work together to make every bite come alive with flavor. Learn how to make lasagna in this article.

How to Make Meatballs

Meatballs are a great addition to all types of pasta, and even better, they are relatively simple to make. Follow the guidelines in this article to help you make a perfect meatball every time.

How to Cook Eggs

Eggs are one of the world's most versatile foods. They can be prepared in many ways -- from simple scrambled eggs to an elegant omelet. Learn all about cooking eggs with the help of this article.

How to Cook a Turkey

Preparing a classic holiday turkey is easier than it looks, but it does take some careful planning and timing. Get tips on how to properly grill, roast and carve a turkey.


If you're hesitant to prepare oysters at home, don't be. You really can make these succulent and delicious aquatic creatures almost as easily as you cook hamburgers. Find out about oysters in this article.

How to Cook Clams

Whether steamed or eaten raw, clams are a delicious shellfish that can easily be prepared at home. Learn how to cook, clean and shuck raw clams properly and efficiently.

Cooking Crabs

Almost all parts of a crab are edible, from the claws to the legs to the body. What's more, there are a variety of ways to prepare crab. Learn about them in this article.

Cooking Mussels

Mussels need some basic prep work, such as cleaning and debearding, before you can cook and thoroughly enjoy them. Find helpful tips on cooking mussels in this article.

Cooking Scallops

Scallops come in two varieties -- bay or sea. Cooking scallops is relatively easy to do at home if you're armed with the right tools and techniques, and they only take three to four minutes to cook.

How to Cook Fish

Not only is fish easy to cook and versatile, it's also delicious and nutritious! Learn how to cook fish, whether you prefer to bake, poach, pan-fry, or use another cooking method.


Today, shellfish that were once considered ethnic or exotic are as common as shrimp on menus and in local markets. What's more, cooking shellfish is quite simple. Learn all about shellfish in this article.

How to Make Pasta

The possible combinations of pasta and sauce are limitless and may even be a little intimidating. Learn about choosing and making the many delicious types of pasta in this article.

Cooking Lobster

Lobster is usually considered a luxury food item, but you can enjoy this shellfish more economically if you cook it at home. Learn different ways to cook lobster with the help of this article.

How to Grill Food

Grilling food is one of summer's treats. With new grilling methods, you can now grill year-round to enjoy the sweet smoky barbecue taste. Learn how to grill all types of food in this article.