Learn about the three main kinds of home ice-cream makers, and find out the secret to making scoop-able ice cream—not soupy soft-serve. Find out how machines with a freezable bowl compare to machines with a built-in compressor freezer, and why some 'hounds still love old-fashioned ice-and-salt machines. Plus learn the crucial role your freezer plays in the ice cream process, even if you're not using a frozen bowl.
Learn about the best new gadgets for getting tricky lids off of jars, as well as some vintage equipment that still does the job perfectly. Find out what works and what's built to last—including some useful gadgets made for the shop rather than the kitchen.
You can’t cook good Indian with stale spices. Spices are the soul of a dish, the things that give it resonance, so sourcing good ones is essential. Get fresh, fragrant spices in your kitchen, and you’re a third of the way home. Trouble is, buying good spices isn’t always as easy as pushing your cart into the spices aisle of your supermarket and buying new ones. The quality of spices varies a lot, even with whole spices you grind yourself. The solution is the same one you probably learned at the farmers’ market: Build a relationship with a vendor you can trust. Finding a great spice shop, either physical or online, is the key to making great chicken tikka masala, or any Indian dish. READ MORE
Mellower than onions, with a flavor one Chowhound characterizes as falling between that of onions and garlic, shallots are common in French and Southeast Asian cooking. 'Hounds insist they're worth the expense for certain applications, including vinaigrettes and pan sauces, and they're also easy to grow.
Online reviews of big-ticket items like major kitchen appliances are very useful—but every single dishwasher and refrigerator has at least a few scathing reviews. Find out how to navigate all the available information to get the perfect appliances for you. Find out whether it's important to buy matching brands, and get tips for making sure you'll have working appliances years down the road.
What is chicken tikka masala? Indian chef Vikas Khanna repeats the well-worn phrase that it’s the national dish of the U.K. (untrue, probably, since the rise of the burger in Britain), but suggests it’s also one of the most popular Indian dishes in the U.S. Evidence that chicken tikka masala was born a British subject is compelling, even if you don’t buy the theory that it was born on Glasgow’s Gibson Street (Wikipedia breaks it down, and Chowhounds weigh the merits). Is it boneless? Skewered and cooked in a tandoor? And are chicken tikka masala and butter chicken (a.k.a. murgh makhani) the same thing? This Chowhound discussion considers the differences. READ MORE
There are all kinds of granolas on the market, but making your own is simple to do, and you can mix and match ingredients, varying the sweeteners, nuts, dried fruits, seeds, and even grains to suit your own taste. Check out the granola recipes Chowhounds love to use as blueprints for their custom creations.
Chowhound's newest board, Food Quests, is all about do-it-yourself food projects. So if you're embarking on a new food adventure, whether it's making your own cheese, butchering meat, brewing your own beer, or learning how to can homemade jam, this is the place for you. The board also features a new posting format where you can vote for your favorite responses. Check it out, and start a food quest of your own.
What’s your cooking Achilles heel? You can be a great home chef, but there’s that one dish you haven’t been able to master, the thing you’ve tried and given up on, the dish you’d love to add to your repertoire, if only the right expert—smart, experienced, and unintimidating—could walk you through it.
Welcome to Kitchen Coach, our new series to help you conquer your cooking fears. We take a dish you’ve been dying to master, then find the ideal expert to break it down for you, step-by-step, without making you feel like a klutz: what to buy, how to cook it perfectly, and where to go get further inspiration. For you high achievers, we’ll also assign an extra-credit project to help you go deep. READ MORE