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Julia Child's Simple Trick for Perfect Poached Eggs Every Time — Tips from The Kitchn. We have a trick from Julia Child that will completely change the way you poach eggs.

Julia Child's Simple Trick for Perfect Poached Eggs Every Time — Tips from The Kitchn

And by "change," I mean be prepared to make flawless poached eggs for the rest of your life. No exaggeration! Even if you have a tried-and-true method, making poached eggs can be tricky. I've made more than my fair share, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I make a darn good poached egg. So, it takes a lot for me to be wowed by tips in this department. Julia's tip is quite simple, yet the payoff is huge.

How To Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. (Image credit: Leela Cyd) One bad hard-boiled egg can ruin you for life.

How To Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

15 Basic Stir Fry Sauce Recipes. I love a good stir fry and they are a great way to use up odds and ends of meat, vegetable and noodles.

15 Basic Stir Fry Sauce Recipes

And let’s face it, they are a quick and easy dinner solution. Simply cook up some rice or throw in some noodles and it’s a family-pleasing meal. I rarely start with a recipe – just a pile of odds and ends. So it occurred to me recently that what I really needed was a stir-fry sauce “cheat sheet” – a handy reference for the combination of sauce ingredients I need to make different kinds of stir fry to combine with my collection of ingredients.

Here I’ve collected 15 great stir-fry sauce recipes that can be printed to keep handy in the kitchen (or bookmarked, if you prefer). Instructions for all of these recipes … just combine the ingredients in a small bowl, stir well to combine, then add to your stir fry. Lemon Stir-Fry Sauce – Great with seafood stir fries, such as shrimp and/or scallops, as well as chicken. Lemon Stir-Fry Sauce II – nice with chicken and seafood. 8 Surprising Things You Can Make in a Waffle Iron. Friday Five: Weight Watchers Smart Substitutes for Healthier Baking. When I first started eating healthier, I quickly learned that the only way I was going to make it on the plan was to learn how to cook my favorite foods in a lower calorie way or find low calorie replacements.

Friday Five: Weight Watchers Smart Substitutes for Healthier Baking

At the beginning, that meant lots of low calorie replacements (i.e. spending way to much money on prepackaged snacks and light desserts) until I started to learn how to lighten recipes on my own and really started to cook. So today I thought I would share a quick list of tips and tricks for baking to lighten up your favorites. What are your favorite ways to lighten up your favorite baking recipes? 1. To Replace Oil or Butter in Muffins, Breads, Light Cakes: The rule of thumb for replacing fats like butter or oil in muffins, breads, and light colored cakes (i.e. not chocolate) is to replace 1/3 of the fat with applesauce, mashed bananas, or pureed pumpkin. 2. 3. How to Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn. Cast iron cleaning is something of tradition passed down to generations along with the cookware itself.

How to Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

Some cooks and cast iron diehards dare not let theirs near water, much less soap of any sort, and letting one rust may indeed fall into the book of unpardonable sins for some southerners. The Complete Guide to Buying, Cleaning & Seasoning Cast Iron Pans. Breakfast in the pan I've had almost longer than anything else.

The Complete Guide to Buying, Cleaning & Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

I don't know about you, but for me my cast iron skillet is one of my best friends. Home-fermented strawberry vinegar - Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking - Living thoughtfully in the modern world. I’m pretty into vinegar fermentation lately since it’s such a great way to divert food waste, which I touched on briefly in this post.

Home-fermented strawberry vinegar - Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking - Living thoughtfully in the modern world

In fact, I’m talking about vinegar making all day with New Museum Ideas City 2013 Streetfest goers (a free, fun way to spend an afternoon in NYC) today! No matter where you live you can still make any kind of fruit vinegar from a pile of scraps, water and a little sugar. When using scraps for vinegar, we’re creating this distinct kitchen helper in two steps, first we need to create booze (yeasts on fruit eating the sugar water) and then we need to expose that boozy, bubbly liquid to open air so bacteria (acetobacter) can work its vinegar-making magic. The first step takes about a week, the second takes about 2-4 weeks depending on the temperature at which you’re fermenting.

Vinegar loves hot apartments/kitchens (the ideal temp for acetobacter being around 80-100 degrees F) and doesn’t require much in terms of equipment. Stage 1: booze formation. 35 Ways to Love Your Cast Iron Skillet. 3 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Lab Beakers In the Kitchen. I'm married to a scientist, so that fact that I haven't thought of this until now is kind of embarrassing.

3 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Lab Beakers In the Kitchen

I currently have a 1000ml Pyrex beaker (well, technically a flask) that I brought home from a wedding. (The bride and groom — also scientists — used them as flower vases at the reception.) I'd been using it as a vase, too, when suddenly it dawned on me. These are actually perfect prep tools for cooking! They're non-porous, heat-, cold-, and crack-resistant, have easy-to-read measurements on the side, and a spout for pouring.

So what, you may be saying right now. 1. The smallest size Pyrex measurement you can buy is 1 cup, but beaker sizes range as small as 10ml. 2. This isn't nearly as good, as Consumer Reports discovered in 2010. Interesting side note: The European manufacturer of Pyrex, ARC International, still manufactures Pyrex with borosilicate. Decide When to Buy Organic with the EWG's 2013 Dirty Dozen List. If you want to maximize your grocery shopping budget, the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists are essential tools for figuring out when it is worth spending more for organic produce, based on the pesticide residue levels found on 48 common fruits and vegetables.

Decide When to Buy Organic with the EWG's 2013 Dirty Dozen List

This year, cherry tomatoes and summer squash join the Dirty Dozen. Like last year, the EWG is calling this list the Dirty Dozen Plus in order to call attention to collards, kale, summer squash and zucchini, vegetables that did not qualify for the Dirty Dozen, but are of special concern because samples tested positive for highly toxic organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides. A few interesting facts from this year's Dirty Dozen: The Clean Fifteen is a list of the fruits and vegetables that have the lowest levels of pesticide residues and are less likely to test positive for multiple pesticides.

The Dirty Dozen (Always Buy Organic) Collards and kaleSummer squash and zucchini. How to Make Homemade Mozzarella Cooking Lessons from the Kitchn. Knowing how to make your own mozzarella is a dangerous thing.

How to Make Homemade Mozzarella Cooking Lessons from the Kitchn

Knowing that at any moment, should the desire present itself, you could whip up your very own ball of creamy mozzarella, still warm from the whey whence it came? Yes. Very, very dangerous. How To Cook Fluffy, Tasty Quinoa Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. Previous image Next image How to cook fluffy, tasty quinoa. You can use any kind of quinoa (white - also sold as golden - red, or black). Farming @ Home: Home Canning Tips for Gardeners. Canning is definitely making a comeback. If you've yet to try it yourself, here are some simple tips to turn your garden (or CSA!) Into a DIY pantry of plenty.Before I started canning myself, I wondered how anyone who did managed all that effort and stress. Wacky contraptions and the potential of poisoning? No, thank you!

How To Season a Cast Iron Skillet Home Hacks. (Image credit: Gina Eykemans) In recent years, I fell in love with my cast iron skillet. It’s one of my most used kitchen tools. How To Clean a Cast Iron Skillet Home Hacks. (Image credit: Cambria Bold) Instructions for cast iron skillet cleaning often include a lot of don'ts: Don't use soap, don't use steel wool, don't put it in the dishwasher.

It's almost enough to scare a cook off from cast iron completely! However, with a few simple techniques, you'll be able to keep your skillet clean, rust-free, and well-seasoned. Watch the Video. Season This With That: A Quick Guide to Common Spices for Common Dishes. As the resident food lover in my family, I often get panicked 5pm phone calls asking how to season a bowl of steamed veggies or what can replace thyme or if there's a way to make this chicken taste less boring.

While there is really no "One Right Way" to season or spice your favorite foods, here's a quick guide to some of the most common — and dependably tasty! — ways to do it. A Million Ways to Roast a Chicken When given the choice between fresh herbs and dried herbs, fresh herbs are going give you better flavor every time. Likewise, whole spices freshly-ground right before you use them will also taste better. A Beautiful Mess Kitchen Gear Favorites. We get emails and comments from fellow home cooks who want to know what we use and love in the kitchen.

Top 10 Crazy Kitchen Tricks That Speed Up Your Cooking. I would like to add that the wider the ring, the easier it seems to be. I had a titanium ring more than twice the width of the one shown in the video and it was easy as hell. My wedding ring (which is about the same size as the one in your linked video) still works, but takes more effort and can hurt if I don't leverage it JUST right.

My Favorite Way to Seed a Pomegranate. How to Seed a Pomegranate The Easy Way Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. Previous image Next image. How to Cut Up a Whole Pineapple Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. A Quick Guide to Ingredient Substitutions Cooking Guides from The Kitchn. Budget Tips: 21 Creative Ways To Use Up Pantry and Cooking Staples. 25 Time-Saving Freezer Tips. The Proper Way To Use Your Refrigerator Humidity Drawers. Have you solved the mystery of the humidity drawer in your fridge? If you're like me you probably just bump the notches towards the middle as a safety precaution. You may also put things into them haphazardly: all greens in one drawer, colorful things in the other. Sounds good enough, right?

How to Cook a Turkey: The Simplest, Easiest Method. How to Cook Moist & Tender Chicken Breasts Every Time. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (aka BSCBs) — is there anything more boring? They are all too often overcooked until dry and chewy, and I generally prefer more succulent boneless, skinless thighs. But for lunch and dinner favorites like chicken Caesar salad and chicken pasta, sliced juicy chicken breasts can't be beat. They're a great staple for quick lunches, too. Fortunately I have one method that makes unfailingly juicy and tender boneless, skinless chicken breasts.