How to Steam a Good Ham in Your Instant Pot

Like many of the greatest minds of my generation, my brain has been utterly poisoned by memes. Although I’m not exactly a discerning meme consumer, I do have my favorites—and I think I’ve watched every iteration of the iconic Simpsons “Steamed Hams” clip on YouTube twice, minimum. (My favorite is “Steamed Hams but…

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Make Your Kitchen Feel Instantly Cleaner by Washing Your Trash Can

A “clean trash can” may sound oxymoronic, but having one is a very important aspect of maintaining my sanity. Thought it’s never directly in my line of vision (unless I’m throwing something away), giving it a scrub instantly makes my kitchen cleaner, brighter, and more serene.

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What Temperature Should You Keep Your Refrigerator Set At?

Have you noticed your milk getting frosty? Meat spoiling quickly? It’s likely your refrigerator is set to the wrong temperature. The FDA recommends keeping your refrigerator at or below 40° F (4° C), and your freezer at 0° F (-18° C) to keep your food fresh longest and prevent foodborne illnesses. Here are some more…

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Stop Hand Washing Your Dishes

Great news for people who hate doing dishes: if you have a dishwasher, washing your dishes by hand is a colossal waste of water, energy, time, and money, and you can prove it with math.

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Kitchen Tools You May Not Realize You Need for Thanksgiving

If you have hosted many Thanksgiving dinners at your lovely home, chances are you have all the pots, pans, and tools you need to cook up a turkey along with an impressive array of sides and pies. But if this is your first year, you are most likely not prepared, because a Thanksgiving dinner requires kitchen items you…

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Catch More Flies With Vermouth

They say you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but apple cider vinegar is actually pretty good at attracting fruit flies. However, according to Food52, you can catch even more flies with an Aperol spritz.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Sharing A Kitchen with Roommates

August marks that magical time of year college-town residents know so well: The Descent of the Undergrads. All across the country, hordes of young adults are signing leases, scouring Goodwills and IKEAs for furniture, and preparing to live on their own for the first time. God help us all.

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How to Tell if Those San Marzano Tomatoes Are the Real Deal

San Marzano tomatoes have quite the reputation. They’re said to be sweeter, pulpier, and less acidic than other canned plum tomatoes, which is why so many people seek them out for their sauces. Unfortunately, most “San Marzano” tomatoes you’ll find in American grocery stores are frauds.

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How to Throw a Dinner Party Like a Grownup

If you’ve ever hosted a dinner party (or brunch party, or luncheon) you know that there’s more to it than simply cooking a bunch of food. People need plates to eat off of, cloth to wipe their faces with, and furniture on which to set their rears. Though nothing is as important as the food, it’s the details that really…

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Tell Us Your Chicken-Cooking Secrets

Hello, and welcome back to to What’s Cooking?, the weekly open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. This week I want to focus on the workhorse (workbird?) protein of the kitchen: the humble chicken.

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