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, […]

Is Martha Stewart’s New Hack the Best Way to Remove Stickers?

It seems like just yesterday that Martha Stewart’s garlic peeling hack was tearing apart the internet. Armed with a pair of mixing bowls, her legions of fans vigorously shook and shook till they had more garlic cloves than they needed (as if that’s even a thing). Everyone knows we love a Martha hack. So, when […]

The Best Ways to Make a Burnt Pan Look New Again

Last week, my mom sent me this photo. A kitchen nightmare Photo by Camryn Rabideau “Lovely start to my day,” she wrote. “Ruined my favorite pan and burned the porch.” Oops. Turns out she was trying to make hummingbird food—that’s essentially sugar water—and got distracted. In just a few minutes, she smelled burning and, well, […]

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 […]

How to Make Any Baking Recipe Fit Any Cake Pan Size

Award-winning cookbook author Alice Medrich is here to help you bake smarter, not harder, with game-changing recipes and aha-moment techniques. Today, we’re breaking down a question we’ve asked ourselves, oh, a million times: How do we adapt cake pan sizes in baking recipes? (Say, something calls for a 8×8-inch, but you only have an 9×9.) […]

This Laundry Staple Is the Key to Cleaning a Burnt Pan

Have you ever burnt something on the stove so thoroughly that it more or less fused with the pan you were cooking in? I have—more than once. In fact, I once spent an entire year of my early 20s cleaning the charred remains of homemade chicken soup from the bottom of my roommate’s soup pot. […]