How to Cook

If you're looking to become a better cook, you've hit the jackpot with our extensive guide on how to cook. In our decades of cooking in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen, we've learned a thing or two -- and we're happy to share our tips on how to cook like a pro. We have cooking charts, essential for times and temperatures you need to know to cook meat, poultry, and vegetables to perfection. There are tips for testing doneness, too, in case you lose track of time. All cooking pros know how to improvise; if you run out of an ingredient in the middle of cooking, you can still pull off a delicious dish with help from our substitutions and equivalents guide. Adjusting recipes is especially important in high-altitude cooking, which often involves different recipe requirements -- we've got a guide for that, too. We also have fantastic how-to videos that allow you to see skills in action. Watch to learn how to master all kinds of kitchen skills, from basic to complex.

How to Cook Like a Pro
Cooking Charts

Get cooking times and temperatures for meat, poultry, and veggies -- all in one free downloadable chart.

How to Make Tamales

See how easy it is to prepare this tasty Mexican favorite.

How-to Guides
How to Cook with Meat & Poultry

Enjoy juicy, perfectly cooked meat every time. Download these helpful charts to get cooking times and temperatures for meat and poultry.

How to Test for Doneness

Get tips for using a meat thermometer to ensure your burgers and roasts are cooked just right.

Smart Cooking Strategies
How-To Videos

Master basic cooking skills so you can conquer recipes with confidence. These handy tips make the cooking tasks you do every day, such as chopping onions, even easier.

Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Tips

Making a slow cooker dish for tomorrow night's dinner? Save time in the morning by following these easy tips.

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