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The Easiest Way to Sterilize Jars

San Francisco-based Shakirah Simley, owner of Slow Jams, will make your next canning session easier with this tip about quick jar sterilization.

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How to Add Herbs to Fruit Jam

San Francisco–based Shakirah Simley, owner of Slow Jams, suggests using sugar infused with lavender or vanilla to give your jams a little more complexity. Experiment with other herbs, too.

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How to Shave Chocolate and Cheese

CHOW Kitchen Editorial Assistant Christine Yue Gallary shows you how to make the fancy chocolate and cheese shavings that you can use on recipes like this one.

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How to Make Simple Syrup Really Simple

Bartender at San Francisco’s Heaven’s Dog and owner of Small Hand Foods, Jennifer Colliau will blow your mind with this bartender secret: You do not need to boil your simple

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Don’t Muddle Your Mint

Jennifer Colliau, bartender at San Francisco’s Heaven’s Dog and owner of Small Hand Foods, loves using mint in her drinks, but she warns home bartenders against using wooden muddlers with

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How to Use Egg Whites in Cocktails

Bartender at San Francisco’s Heaven’s Dog and owner of Small Hand Foods, Jennifer Colliau is a fan of cocktails that incorporate egg whites. Here she explains the three most important

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Don’t Ruin Your Cocktail with Watery Ice Chips

Most home bartenders strain their drinks using only a Hawthorne strainer (the kind with the metal spring), which lets a lot of extra ice into their drinks. Jennifer Colliau, bartender

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How to Make Your Own Green Hot Sauce

Adjust according to taste bud resilience.

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How to Make Your Own Ketchup

Or the next closest thing.

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How to Use Your Wok as a Smoker

If a fire escape is the closest you come to a backyard, it shouldn’t stop you from smoking. Former CHOW.com Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro says that turning your wok

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How to Turn Your Charcoal Grill into a Smoker

Former CHOW.com Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro recommends that you smoke all sorts of things: fish, cheese, salt, and, of course, meat (see our recipes). And you don’t need a

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Question the Salad Dressing Status Quo

When it comes to vinaigrettes.

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What Is Miner’s Lettuce?

It's a favorite among foragers.

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How to Fake Sous Vide Sausage

Sounds fancy. Isn't.

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How to Crisp Up a Sausage

Use a chef's favorite technique to get the perfect snap.

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How to Line Your Cake Pan with Parchment Paper

It's hard to make it fit cleanly.

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Make Your Own Worm Compost

Reuse your kitchen scraps for good.

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How to Grow Your Own Mushrooms

They do grow on trees.

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How to Preserve Lemons

A quick and easy method.

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How to Pollinate Indoor Citrus

Birds do it. Bees do it. You do it.

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A Tip on Growing Blueberries

One variety isn't enough.

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