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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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.

By John Perritano

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

By Sarah Gleim

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

By Karen Kirkpatrick

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

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

What's that bagged mass in your freezer — and did you really want to eat 12 chicken breasts right now? Here's how to freeze food in serving-size portions.

By Alison Cooper

Sure you can freeze eggs — actually you can freeze any food. It's the thawing part that can be tricky. How can a little prep time now prevent a freezer eggsplosion later?

By Alison Cooper

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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

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

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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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