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Cooking Basics

Cooking Basics

Learning to cook amazing meals is surprisingly easy—you don't need a lot of fancy equipment or elaborate techniques. You just need to learn a few simple tricks, and stock some basic tools and ingredients. Whether you're just starting out in the kitchen, or you're a seasoned chef, we've got lots of tips, tricks and advice to help.


Slow Cooking

All you need to know to make the most of your slow cooker is right here.

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Make your roasting experience a success—both in the kitchen and at the table.

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Sautèing & Pan-Frying

Learn the secrets behind these two fundamental cooking techniques.

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Braising is a classic technique that delivers fabulous-tasting, comforting food with minimal effort. Find out what you need to know for perfect braises every time.

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Stir-frying is a speedy technique that requires just minutes in front of the stove. We've got tips to help you get fantastic results every time.

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Poaching, Boiling & Steaming

Master three moist-heat cooking methods with tips & tricks to help you hone your skills.

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The Prepared Pantry

Stock a few basic ingredients and you’ll always have a delicious meal just minutes away.

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Cook From the Pantry

Create homemade dinners in no time by unleashing the power of your pantry. We’ve got tips and ideas to help you stock the shelves and get supper on the table quickly.

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Eggs 101

Inexpensive and easy to prepare, eggs are a kitchen staple. Here’s how to cook them, as well as helpful tips on buying and storing them.

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Is It Done?

Learn how to cook all of your favorite foods to perfection.

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Knife-Drawer Essentials

When it comes to kitchen equipment, the best money you can spend is on knives. Find out which ones you really need.

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Tools & Gadgets

There are gadgets for just about every kitchen task imaginable, but a few basics can make a big difference in the kitchen.

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Pots & Pans

The right pots and pans will last a lifetime. Learn how to pick great pans, and which ones you’ll get the most use from.

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Cookware & Bakeware

You don’t need a lot of bakeware and cookware pieces—just the right ones. Find out which ones you’ll use over and over again.

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Make your grilling experience a success all summer long.

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Preserving the Season's Bounty

Capture the season’s finest fruits and vegetables with these simple tips for pickling, freezing and more!

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Do you know your Crème fraîche from your chorizo? Learn some of the kitchen terms you might encounter.

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