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Is It Better to Salt Intermittently While Cooking or Just Once?

There's more than one way to go.

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Do Bulk Bins Ever Get Cleaned?

We love them for their money-saving convenience but fear them for their bacteria.

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Can You Really Seal the Juices into Meat?

Lock up that steak and throw away the key.

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Can Microwaved Water Explode?

Superheated water means trouble.

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What Does India Have to Do with India Pale Ale?

It's where the hopped-up brew first found fame.

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Why Are Some Dishes Better the Next Day?

Time is a good, cheap seasoning.

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What Is the Best Way to Wash Fruit?

Forget the fancy tricks.

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What’s the Best Drink to Order in a Dive Bar?

Some safe bets when the liquor is sketchy.

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What Is Chunk Light Tuna?

It's not a species that sounds familiar.

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Are There Really Two Scoops of Raisins in Raisin Bran?

"Scoop" is a relative term.

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Is Store-Bought Ice More Germy than Homemade Ice?

Frozen germs are still germs.

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What’s the Difference Between Lox and Gravlax?

It's in the cure.

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What’s the Difference Between Custard and Pudding?

Two creamy desserts with subtle distinctions.

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Does Salting Dried Beans Make Them Harder to Cook?

Science says it's an old wives' tale.

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How Much Salt Is in Salted Butter?

Some brands contain much more than others.

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Do Eggs Need to Be Refrigerated?

Some people store them on the counter.

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Why Does Cheese Get Rubbery when Melted in the Microwave?

Keep it creamy and soft by following a few simple tips.

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Is Drinking Shower Water Bad?

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.

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Does the Grapefruit Diet Work?

The citrus isn't a magic weight-loss cure, as you might have guessed.

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Does a Sharpening Steel Ever Go Dull?

And what should I use to keep my knife finely honed?

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Why Do Hard-Boiled Eggs Turn Green?

They look gross but taste fine.

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