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Alton Brown’s tips for never messing up a recipe again

You’ve diligently worked all day on a recipe, and it’s finally time for the first taste. You, dig in for a heaping forkful of the fruits of your labor only to find something isn’t right. Alton Brown knows every cook has been there so he offered his insanely simple solution: read the recipe. Like, actually take time to read and digest everything it’s telling you to do. Most recipe mishaps can easily be avoided, he says. The problem is that we don’t take the time to grasp exactly what a recipe is calling for. We may do a quick scan before beginning to cook or bake, but we don’t focus on detail words that can make all of the difference. On his website, Brown wrote, “According to my calculations, about 30 percent of the dishes prepared from written recipes go wrong because the cooks concerned didn’t actually read said recipe. Sure, we glance at them…

How to perfectly cook a pot of rice

It’s one of the most commonly consumed foods in the world. It’s also seemingly one of the simplest to make. So how is it that we are still perplexed over how to make a perfect pot of rice? Sure, you can purchase a rice cooker, but that will run you from $30 to $200. And unless you’re cooking rice every day, it could just become another cumbersome appliance. Cooking basic, fluffy white rice, where each grain is separate and slightly firm, is possible if you know a few pro tips. Step 1: Rinse or soak your rice Rinsing rice in cold water helps for two reasons. Some rice mills outside of the U.S. may coat the grains in glucose or talc, so this step is extra important for imported rice. Although safe to eat, the coating could cause your rice to become downright gluey if not properly rinsed. Rinsing will…

You’re cleaning your cutting board wrong and it could make you ill

Raw meat, juicy fruits and vegetables, herbs, fish — your cutting board has been underneath it all. Cutting boards are an integral part of any kitchen, but with all of this chopping action, isn’t there a hygiene concern? Most of us wash our cutting boards with warm, soapy water, thinking we’ve taken care of the task and happily move on to something else. But cutting boards have been reported to harbor 200 percent more fecal bacteria than your everyday toilet seat. It’s time to switch up our cleaning routine. Washing with soapy liquid is effective at killing harmful bacteria present on other kitchen items — plates, cutlery, utensils, counters — it just can’t compete with the cold, hard surface of a cutting board, meaning bacteria can linger and make you ill. Sarah from Expert Home Tips told The Mirror that bleach is the answer. “Soaking chopping boards in bleach after every use…

KitchenAid just whipped up a new limited-edition monochromatic mixer for 2017

If bridal showers and cooking shows are any indication, the KitchenAid stand mixer has remained the most popular piece of equipment in the kitchen for decades. It’s durability and mixing power have helped the top-tier mixer maintain it’s status since the 1930s. But you don’t need to be an aspiring chef to appreciate the company’s bright and bold color palettes. It’s also a well-known fact that these glossy appliances look gorgeous just sitting on a countertop. From empire red to tangerine to cobalt, there’s a color for any kitchen—85 available colors and finishes, actually. But just when you thought you had your perfect color picked out for your dream kitchen, the KitchenAid company announced last week it would be released a limited edition all-black style—not the shiny, licorice black already available. This new black mixer makes that black mixer look like rainbows and sunshine. The Artisian Black Tie 5-Quart Stand Mixer in mostly matte…