How to Make Vegetable Stock Without a Recipe

We love recipes—but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don’t always need a recipe, you’ll make your favorite dishes a lot more often. Here, we show you how to make soups and stews more flavorful with whatever vegetable scraps you have on hand—or the cheapest produce at the market. If […]

The Best Substitute for Cake Flour and Self-Rising Flour in Baking

A lot of us keep a gargantuan container of all-purpose flour in our pantry—a near-lifetime supply, if you’re anything like our Test Kitchen. All-purpose flour is the faithful old floury friend that we lean on for pancakes, muffins, and everything in between. More devoted bakers might even have a few wildcards in their baking arsenals, […]

The Best Vanilla Extract Substitute Is Probably Hiding in Your Kitchen

By now, you’ve probably been told once or twice to make your own vanilla extract. (One of those times may or may not have been by us.) Recipes tell you how easy-breezy it is to DIY the solution, which is essentially just vanilla pods soaked in alcohol. Just buy vanilla beans, split down the center, […]

The Best Way to Soften Butter, Fast

As someone constantly in need of softened butter, whether it’s to bake chocolate chip cookies or make a herb butter—or just for easier spreading on toast (more on that later)—there are usually two options. You can either leave the stick on the counter and wait, which I never have the foresight to do ahead of […]

How to Steam Vegetables Without a Steamer

Steaming vegetables can be a real life-saver when it comes to dinner, which is why we’re bringing back this steamer basket hack from Sarah Jampel, originally published in 2013. Here’s how to steam vegetables without a steamer. Kitchen gadgets can be miracle workers—just try making cherry pie without a cherry pitter—but they also have a […]