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How to Buy a Refrigerator

Refrigerators come in many sizes and shapes, so if you’re buying a new refrigerator, you have a lot of options. You need a refrigerator that fits your needs [more…]

Gas and Electric Stovetops and Ovens

The traditional stovetop and oven (either gas or electric) may be the cooking appliances you use the most. The type of stove and oven you have can affect how your food cooks when you use them. [more…]

Types of Sushi Knives

What distinguishes Japanese sushi knives from Western-style knives is that many types of Japanese sushi knives are honed on only one side, the right side, to create the sharpest cutting edge possible. [more…]

How to Use Kitchen Knives Safely

Knives can cut you, whether they’re super sharp or very dull. Very sharp knives can easily cut skin, and dull knives can slip, putting you at risk for losing control and getting cut. You can prevent kitchen [more…]

Types of Cast-Iron Cookware

You can find cast-iron cookware in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most popular cast-iron pieces are skillets and Dutch ovens, but you can find all sorts of other basic cast-iron pans and pots, too: [more…]

Basic Cooking Equipment

You need some basic equipment to start cooking — essential items for working in the kitchen. Here’s a short list of all-I-can-spend-now cooking equipment, including pots, pans, and other tools that no [more…]

How to Sharpen Kitchen Knives with a Steel

Sharpen kitchen knives with a steel to keep them in peak cutting condition. Knives are only as good as their cutting edges, and a steel will keep the edges sharp. [more…]

How to Use a Freezer Effectively

Your freezer holds the stuff that has to stay cold. And because freezing foods keeps them good for much longer than room-temperature or refrigerated foods, you can put a lot of food in your freezer without [more…]

How a Slow Cooker Works

An authentic slow cooker is a simple, uncomplicated appliance with no moving parts. Even though you most likely know what a slow cooker looks like, this list breaks down the parts of every slow cooker: [more…]

Commonly Used Pots and Pans

You use some pots and pans more than others. The most common types of pots and pans create a solid foundation for your kitchen equipment. The pots and pans in this list are the most versatile, and you’ll [more…]

Tips for Using a Microwave Oven

Cooking in a microwave oven is unlike any kind of conventional cooking. You must follow a different set of microwave-specific cooking rules. Although you can’t microwave every kind of food, your microwave [more…]

How to Select Knives

Home cooks really need only three essential knives: a 10- to 12-inch chef’s knife, a 9- to 12-inch serrated (bread) knife, and a small paring knife. When you go shopping for knives, you can find the right [more…]

Deciding on a Dishwasher

Hand-washing dishes can be fun, therapeutic, or a pain in the glass. Get a dishwasher if you find no joy in suds. The bonus: Dishwashers actually use less water, energy, and soap compared with hand washing [more…]

How to Keep the Garbage Disposal in Top Shape

A home cook can find a garbage disposal very handy. Garbage disposals, grind up the food that goes down the drain. You probably don’t need a garbage disposal if all you eat are frozen dinners and take-out [more…]

Making the Most of Your Refrigerator

How you use your refrigerator plays a part in how effective it is as a storage device. Refrigerators have different layouts, but you can follow some basic guidelines to make any sort of refrigerator easy [more…]

Washing Your Slow Cooker

Wash each component of your slow cooker when you first get it. Also wash each part of the slow cooker if you haven’t used it for an extended period. Always unplug the slow cooker before cleaning to avoid [more…]

Specialty Pots and Pans

A whole world of specialty pots and pans awaits when you’re ready to move beyond basic pots and pans. Use specialty pots and pans for specific types of cooking or for specific types of food dishes. This [more…]

Tools for Preparing Fruit

A paring knife is the most useful tool for peeling, pitting, stemming, and cleaning fruit. Some other specialty tools can help you prepare fruit more easily, though. [more…]

Tips for Using Your Slow Cooker

You can prepare great food in your slow cooker without a lot of fuss. Use these tips for preparation and to get the most from your slow cooker to make convenient and delicious meals. [more…]

Slow Cooker Temperature Conversions

If you pull up a recipe for your slow cooker and the temperature is in metric, use this conversion chart to find the right temperature to make sure your dish is cooked correctly and thoroughly. [more…]

Determining Slow Cooking Times

Slow cooker recipes average 6 to 10 hours of cook time. If you want to convert your favorite recipes to the slow cooker, use the following guidelines. [more…]

Slow Cooking Temperatures

Pick up a thermometer for a quick and easy way to determine if your meal is cooked to a safe temperature. Here’s a guide for using your slow cooker and cooking to a temperature that’s safe. [more…]

Slow Cookers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can make easy and delicious meals in your slow cooker, with some helpful tips, you can even convert your favorite traditional recipes to the slow cooker. Make sure you use the slow cooker temperature [more…]

Essential Utensils for Candy Making

As a candy-maker, you need specific tools and utensils. Some, like measuring cups and spoons, you probably already have and use; others, like a candy thermometer and a marble slab, don’t see much service [more…]

How to Test Your Pressure Cooker

Test your pressure cooker if you haven't used it in a while or if it's brand new. Putting your pressure cooker through a test run ensures reliable cooking. Test it by heating some water under pressure [more…]

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