Burns are no fun, but putting your hand in a heavy, floppy oven mitt takes away all grace and dexterity. Find out Chowhounds' various solutions for handling hot pans safely without sacrificing agility.
Making your own vanilla extract is very simple, involving just three ingredients: vanilla beans, alcohol, and time. The end result is also often of better quality and value than store-bought, according to Chowhounds. Check out hounds' favorite methods for homemade vanilla, plus which kinds of liquor they prefer to use and sources for well-priced vanilla beans.
If you make frittata-style omelets finished under the broiler, a crêpe pan might do what other frying pans can't: safely go from stovetop to the broiler while giving good nonstick release. Get pan recommendations and advice for safe, perfect frittatas.
Saving your recipe collection in a random pile of papers or on index cards is so 20th century. Doing it electronically not only saves space in your kitchen, but also makes it easy to access recipes on multiple devices, which is handy when you're away from home. See the websites, software, and apps Chowhounds recommend for saving and organizing recipes from online sources, cookbooks, and even the ones handed down from Grandma.
Does shortening really make a pie crust flakier than butter? Find out exactly how butter compares to shortening for creating the flakiest crust, not to mention tender cookies and tasty tortillas. Some leaf lard and bacon fat get into the mix, too!
You've probably heard that you shouldn't put certain kinds of cookware in the dishwasher, but have you ever wondered exactly how and why dishwashers do their damage? Find out about sandblasting by abrasive components in detergent, citric acid, oxidation, and just plain banging around—and learn the gentlest solutions for determined dishwasher users.
When Sichuan dishes like fried chicken come mixed in with a heap of dried chile peppers, is it proper to eat the peppers or should you avoid them? Find out how Sichuan locals eat these spicy dishes for maximum enjoyment—and what will mark you as a clueless foreigner!
A stand-alone dehydrator is nice for drying jerky, mushrooms, and fruit—but even a regular oven can double as a food dehydrator. Get tips for maximum success dehydrating food in your oven, whether you're going to backpack up a mountain carrying dehydrated chili, or just enjoy some dried pears at home.
If you ever have access to pristine seawater, is it worthwhile to evaporate some to make your own sea salt? Find out from Chowhounds who have tried it.