How to Cook

The Absolute Best Way to Fry an Egg, According to 42 Tests

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She’s seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, tasted enough stuffing for 10 Thanksgivings, and mashed so many potatoes…

There Are *So* Many Instant Pots to Choose From—Here’s the Right One for You

When it comes to the Instant Pot, there’s a lot to love. Primarily, the electric multi-cooker—which is a fancy term for „all-in-one pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, steamer, and more, that plugs into your wall instead of cooking over…

The Absolute Best—& Worst—Way to Make Mashed Potatoes, According to So Many Tests

In Absolute Best Tests, our writer Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She’s boiled dozens of eggs, seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, and tasted enough types of…

How to Convert a Baking Recipe for High Altitude

Say you’re on vacation with your family. Say you’re in Denver. Say you rented a big Airbnb, where you all can cook and bake and stay up late watching movies. Say you want brownies; now everyone wants brownies, so you…

6 Smart Cooking Tips Straight From Culinary School Pros

We’ve partnered with Le Cordon Bleu to celebrate classic cooking techniques and recipes, and the many ways home cooks can bring them into their own kitchens. Here, we asked current Le Cordon Bleu students and graduates the best cooking tips…

For the Creamiest Pasta, Our Test Kitchen Director Swears By *This* Pan

Our Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen knows his way around cookware. Cohen, who’s been cooking professionally for a decade, estimates that he’s flipped pancakes, seared steaks, made stock, and more with „about 400” pots and pans. But there’s one he…

The Best Use for the Instant Pot? Comfort Food.

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a new series about all the ways we rely on our Crock-Pots, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in…

How to Make Mousse, According to an Expert

Mousse, for me, is the ultimate fancy-pants dessert—at least ever since someone explained to me the difference between moose and mousse (both are impressive, but one is decidedly more delicious). There are lots of different kinds (including this of wonderfully…

3 Tips to Keep Apples Fresh for Much Longer

According to the New York Apple Association, it takes about 8 to 10 years for a standard-sized apple tree to bear fruit. According to my friends, it takes me about 15 seconds to pick so many pounds of said fruit,…

How to Peel Your Eggs Perfectly, Every Single Time

The best kitchen tips are usually passed along from friends, or parents, or—if you work in an office with an always-bustling test kitchen—from colleagues. And such is the case with eggs. We all learned to cook them from someone, somewhere;…