How to Cook

If you're looking to become a better cook, our extensive guide on how to cook is here to help thanks to our Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen's years of valuable knowledge. We have cooking charts, the basics on many cooking techniques, and know-how on the best ways to cook meats, vegetables, grains, and beans (to name a few). Don't miss our helpful how-to videos that let you see skills in action. From small tasks like how to boil potatoes to advanced skills like how to butterfly a lobster tail, we've got you covered.

Our Favorite Recipes to Cook

Boil Potatoes Perfectly

We'll show you how to prep your potatoes for cooking and how long to boil potatoes for perfect spuds every time.
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Freeze Fresh Green Beans

Freezing green beans from your garden or the farmers market is a smart way to enjoy them all year long.
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Cooking Filet Mignon

Here's how to cook perfect filet mignon to showcase the premium cut at its best.
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Oven-Bake Chicken Legs

We'll show you how to make the best oven-baked chicken legs, and give you our top tips for baking chicken leg quarters, too.
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Herb Substitutes

Try something new to spice up your cooking or as an emergency substitution.
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How to Boil Sweet Potatoes

Learn how long to boil sweet potatoes, how to cook sweet potatoes, and share some of our favorite sweet potato recipes.
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More How to Cook


Make Your Own Pickled Cherry Tomatoes to Savor Summer Flavor

They'll make the perfect bloody mary garnish!