Salt your pasta water, never add oil, and don’t rinse.

Salt the water. Mario Batali says you should salt your pasta water until it “tastes like the sea”… Don’t add oil. NEVER add oil to your pasta water. … Because when you add oil to your pasta you make it slick and the sauce won’t stick well to the pasta. Don’t rinse. The starchy water… Read More

Use proper measuring tools: Wet vs. Dry Measuring Cups

A liquid cup and a dry cup are exactly the same size. So why do you need both? A dry cup is meant for things like flour, sugar, and other fine granules and you’re supposed to fill the dry measuring cup completely to the top so you can scrape off any excess with the back of… Read More

Don’t put food in a cold pan.

When you put meat into a cold pan, the meat is going to release moisture as it heats up. Unless you like gnawing on dry meat, heat your pan up first so your moisture stays in the meat and doesn’t escape too early. By preheating the pan first, you’re giving your meat a nice searing… Read More

Turn your pan handles to the side.

Always turn your pan handles to the side. When things get a little hectic, and you’re racing across the kitchen to grab an ingredient, you could to run into the handles and knock the pan onto the floor. Even if you’re feeling all zen about cooking, the kiddos could knock down a hot saucepan of… Read More

Don’t overcrowd your pan or baking dish.

When pans get crowded, your food will start to steam itself rather than brown and that will change the texture of the food. Potatoes in the oven won’t be as crisp on the outside, meat won’t brown as well, etc. Give your food ample room in the pan, especially when browning or baking things that need… Read More

Read recipes thoroughly ahead of time. Twice.

Even recipes from published cookbooks can leave out information (or ingredients!) in the list but there it is, hidden further down in the instructions. It’s also possible that you’ll miss that “marinate overnight” instruction or “pour batter into Springform pan” and…ooops…you don’t have a Springform pan. Be a cool cook. Read, reread, then cook. https://www.thekitchensnob.com/cooking-tips/

43 Surprising Everyday Uses for Whey That Will Blow Your Mind

I’ve been taking cooking classes with the Traditional Cooking School by Gnowfglins. So, along with delicious sourdough, I’m making my own cheese and yogurt, which leaves me with wonderful liquid whey, as seen below. Isn’t it gorgeous? So today, I looked for things to do with this liquid gold, as I now have 3 quarts.… Read More