Secrets to Success
How to Bake a Chicken|
descriptionOur kitchen expert helps you roast a chicken to perfection -- a technique every cook should master. A bed of vegetables adds flavor to your roast chicken without adding sodium, plus the vegetables ensure that you don’t need a roasting rack to make this popular recipe.
How to Mash Potatoes
Make mashed potatoes from scratch -- the creamy results are a special side dish for any dinner. See how our Test Kitchen experts make their mashed potatoes using two types of potatoes and a surprisingly simple process.and Gardens Test Kitchen. Over the years we've made our share of mash potatoes in the test kitchen and no matter how you like them, silky smooth or a little chunky and rustic, we've got some secrets to share for perfect mash potatoes every time. First, using 2 types of potatoes, russet and red-skin give the final dish wonderful texture and flavor. And if you like, leave the skins on the red potatoes for a rustic look. Now here's a great tip. After draining the cooked potatoes dry them out a bit to evaporate excess moisture, just return them to the pot, put it over a medium heat and stir constantly for a few minutes. This will help the potatoes absorb more butter and milk as you mash them. Now when it comes to mashing, there are few ways you can do it. And old fashion handheld potato masher will give you chunky textured mash potatoes . In the test kitchen, we love to use a riser because it gives you light, fluffy, super smooth mashed potatoes. Just make sure you peel all of your potatoes if you plan to use one. And an electric hand mixer will give you a creamy potatoes with some small chunks here and there. Now you know the secrets to making mash potatoes just the way you like them from the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen.
How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough
Fresh-from-the-oven homemade pizza is a great weeknight dinner; make it even better with homemade pizza dough. Making your own dough is easier than you might think—we help you with common problems, such as stiff or wet dough.pizza straight from your oven, and no I am not talking about frozen pizza or one made with pre-package dough. Our secret to success-- home-made dough. It makes all the difference in flavor with its yeasty
How to Decorate a Cake: Pastry Bag Techniques
Create a beautiful birthday cake or a cake for a special celebration. Our Test Kitchen expert walks you through how to decorate a cake with a pastry bag, including the answer to the question: “Are disposable pastry bags OK to use?”Before tackling the cake, you might wanna practice on a piece of wax paper to work on your squeezing technique and to see how different tips work. Round tips are good for lines and writing while
How to Bake Salmon in a Packet
You can bake salmon or other proteins and vegetables in a parchment paper packet (also called “en papillote”) for a flavorful, low-mess meal. Watch as we fold the packet and share our secrets for seasoning the salmon to make a delicious dinner.that's what this is. It's food that's baked in packet made of parchment paper , but here's the real secret, it's so quick and easy. It almost seems wrong. Let me show you how to do it.
How to Make Macaroni and Cheese
A creamy white cheese sauce takes this macaroni and cheese recipe from basic to brava. Secret simmering tips and step-by-step instruction help you cook the best version of this comfort food yet.I'm Sue with the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen. Need a comfort food fix? Macaroni and Cheese always fits the bell. But instead of breaking out the box, why not give this home-made macaroni and
How to Cook Beans for Soup
Use dry beans for the best bean soup ever. They have less sodium than most canned beans. Try different varieties and discover new hearty soup and stew recipes.a fantastic addition. But don't reach for a can, instead, try cooking dried beans . They have much better flavor and texture than canned beans . Yes, they can take awhile to cook, but we have a secret for par cooking dried beans that will help speed things up a bit. Now, in the Test Kitchen, before par-cooking, we always spread the beans out on a baking sheet and sort through them. Sometimes, there are small pebbles in there that should be thrown away. After sorting, rinse the beans in
How to Make a Woven Lattice-Top Pie
Get a gorgeous lattice-top pie—we show you how! From rolling and cutting the dough to carefully weaving the strips, this method ensures you’ll have a beautiful pie presentation every time.help you out. Let me show you what I mean. Line a pie plate with the bottom crust then pour in your filling. It's best to keep the filling fairly flat in the dish like this.
How to Decorate a Cake with Chopped Nuts
Embellish your decorated cake with a layer of chopped nuts on the sides of your frosted dessert. Picking the right cake pedestal is a good start—we walk you through the entire process, including how to keep the cake moist so the nuts stay in place.
Make Homemade Pie with Decorative Crusts
Our five techniques change your homemade pie crusts from basic to beautiful. Pick your favorite for the most beautiful decorated pie -- each is very easy and the results are spectacular.or thumb inside the edge of the pastry. Using the thumb and index finger of your right hand, press the pastry from the outside into your first finger to form a crimp, continue around the edge.