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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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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.

How to Grill

Grilling is a great cooking technique. Whether you're cooking on a gas grill or charcoal grill, we'll help you master the best grilling techniques paired with some great grilling recipes.

How to Prepare Chicken

Whether chicken comes on the bone, or as boneless, skinless, breasts, there are methods to prepare it in order to make your best dishes even tastier. Learn how to prepare chicken.

How to Buy Chicken

There are so many chicken options in the grocery store, it's often difficult to decide what to buy. Learn guidelines for buying chicken, safe storage and handling, as well as delicious chicken recipes.

How to Garnish

You've heard the phrase, "it looks good enough to eat." Garnishes are designed for that very reason. Complement the flavor and style of the food you're serving with these beautiful garnishes.

How to Bake Bread

Making a bread recipe for the first time can be a bit scary, no matter how many cooking shows and famous chefs you've watched on television. But preparing your own breads isn't really that difficult if you follow the tips in this article.

Seasoning Basics

Seasonings can be the most important part of a recipe. Herbs are the leaves of plants, while spices are the seeds, buds, fruits, flowers, bark, and roots of plants. Learn about herbs and spices.

Uses for Salt: Cooking Tips

Salt has more jobs in cooking than being an ingredient in recipes. It can perform miraculous tricks for improving flavor, preserving food, and salvaging a cooking disaster. Learn salt's diverse roles in the cooking process.

Uses for Vinegar: Cooking Tips

Vinegar has many jobs to do in the kitchen. It can improve flavor, preserve food, fill in for missing ingredients, and even make food look better. Learn about vinegar's uses in the kitchen.

How do self-cleaning ovens work?

Self-cleaning ovens use a temperature cycle to burn off spills leftover from baking, without the use of any chemicals. Learn more about self-cleaning ovens and what to use it for.

Can flour explode?

Is flour inflammable? I heard that if you were to burn flour it would explode. If so, what is in flour that makes this happen?

How do you make clear ice cubes?

How do I make clear ice like they have in restaurants?

In a kitchen oven what is the difference between the bake setting and the broil setting?

Baking and broiling are completely different ways to cook food, but how? Check out this article to learn what baking and broiling mean and what you use each for.

How does a rice cooker know when to turn off?

There are a number of appliances, like rice cookers, that "know" when they should turn off. Learn how this technology works to help your appliances running smoothly.

Why do many foods have High Altitude Cooking Instructions?

Most any packaged food that involves boiling (like boxed macaroni-and-cheese dinners) will have "high altitude" cooking instructions. Find out what this means and why it matters in cooking.

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