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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Salt has kept entire civilizations alive thanks to its ability to prevent foods from turning into bacteria-laden killers. It preserves food, too. What is it about salt that makes it so versatile?

By Laurie L. Dove

Think you can only get food poisoning at a C-rated restaurant? Guess again. Your kitchen – which gets no health inspection report – can be a hotbed of illness-causing bacteria. All because we ignore some basic food-handling procedures.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Valentine's Day is a general get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to counting calories, so make this year extra special for your special someone with one of these sweet treats.

By Sara Elliott

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Sometimes, weather just doesn't permit grilling outside, but that doesn't mean you have to lose the smoky goodness of grilled food. We'll show you how to do it indoors.

By Sara Elliott

Pasta is a popular dish the world over, but there's a method to the pasta and sauce pairing madness. We'll steer you the right direction for the perfect pasta meal.

By Sara Elliott

Versatile, mild, affordable, healthy and utterly available, chicken is something of a standby in modern cooking. It's also quick to cook, especially if you follow one of these five cooking methods.

By Julia Layton

You want to make animal cupcakes, but don't know how to do it. Learn about how to make animal cupcakes in this article.

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You've heard that cactus is a very popular food in Mexico and you'd like to learn how to cook them. Read this article to learn about how to cook cactus.

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Bring the traditional flavors of the south to your kitchen by learning how to cook chitterlings. Learn about how to cook chitterlings in this article.

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You want to cook couscous, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to cook couscous in this article.

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You just bought a bag of frozen lobster tails and are wondering how to cook them in the oven. In this article we will show you how to cook lobster tails in the oven.

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You want to cook shiitake mushroom, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to cook shiitake mushroom in this article.

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Learn how to cook spiral ham and serve your family a ham dish they'll love. Learn about how to cook spiral ham in this article.

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You want to make pancakes from scratch, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to make pancakes from scratch in this article.

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You want to make peanut butter cookies, but you’re not sure how to do it. Learn about how to make peanut butter cookies in this article.

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You want to make fudge, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to make fudge in this article.

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When you know how to make powdered sugar, you can make cookies, icings and cakes with your own homemade sugar. Learn about how to make powdered sugar in this article.

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You're thinking ahead, and have baked cookies for the holidays, which you want to freeze without them having freezer burn. Follow the simple instructions to learn how to freeze cookies without them having freezer burn.

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If you're planning to make a real Italian dinner, don't forget to make the Alfredo sauce. Read this article to learn how to make Alfredo sauce.

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There's nothing like knowing how to make your own secret babeque sauce. Learn about how to make barbeque sauce in this article.

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In the mood to make some crispy hash browns to give your meal that extra-delicious crunch? Read this article to learn how to make hash browns.

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Would you like to make Oreo balls for a party or get-together? Read this article to learn how to make Oreo balls.

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Would you like to know how to make rice crispy treats? In this article you'll learn how to make rice crispy treats.

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Corn’s natural sweetness is brought out when cooked over an open flame. You can learn more about how to grill corn on the cob from this article.

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There are many types of steak that you can grill to perfection over an open flame. You can learn more about how to grill a flank steak from this article.

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