Tips, Tricks, & Shortcuts

Chowhounds share their best-loved tips, tricks, and shortcuts for cooking, baking, mixology, and more.

You've Been Cutting Cake All Wrong This Whole Time

You’ll remember this day as being one of the “today years old” moments when you learned something so simple, yet so mind-blowing. Namely, that you’ve been cutting cake wrong your whole life. There’s...

How to make soda flat ... quickly?

by ipsedixit 13 years ago

Is there a way to make soda go flat quickly? Other than just leaving the can or bottle open and letting the carbonation fizzle out on its own, is there a way to speed up the process? I know...

Home-Smoking Meat Without a Smoker – It Can Be Done!

by OffTheBeatenPlate 7 years ago

I was REALLY in the mood for some Smoked Duck Pastrami yesterday. Problem is, unless you have the room and disposable income for a proper setup, or live out in the sticks somewhere with an outhouse...

Pecan Pie that is not runny!

by rjlebed 10 years ago

I make all the desserts for Thanksgiving. That means that I try to make 7 or 8 different things. Despite the fact that there are lots of interesting and delicious desserts, there is always someon...

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Crust Recipe - How do I get that Buttery Goodness?

by Aloo0628 12 years ago

I visited Chicago a couple weeks ago and simply cannot shake this craving for that seriously buttery and delicious crust that I tasted at Lou Manalti's. I've done many searches - Google and Chowhou...

can I add something to my whipping cream to make it whip?

by foodfirst 16 years ago

It's pasteurized but not ultra, and it's a pure, very thick, creamy-tasting cream. And it just won't whip. It might be the heat here, or maybe it's not got an essential added ingredient that most "...

Tip for linking to Instagram photos

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

With many restaurants and food purveyors using Instagram as their social media outlet, and often times the only one, I like to link to one of their posts as a way of adding a photo to what I post h...

Tips on making croissants?

by atlantanative 14 years ago

I don't usually bake much, but have a craving for croissants and thought I'd give it a shot (yikes!) Anyone with more expertise have any tips on how to make them come out light and flaky? Also th...

Substitute for apple juice

by llaera 5 months ago

I was going to make a pork dish that calls for apple juice later on but I don't have any and I don't have any way to get to the store right now. If you're curious, I would like to make apple and sa...

Opening a Pomegranate

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by jen kalb 6 months ago

If you are agonizing about how to open a pomegranate easily and without making a mess, here is a good way. I've added pictures which show the method. (1) use a knife point to score the skin aroun...

Hard boiled eggs

by getthemack 6 months ago

Trying to show my wonderful, hard headed wife I wasn't insane when I stirred my hard boiled eggs, I went to the net to find other insane people to agree with me, (I did) and realized nobody mention...

Taking the heat out of my too spicy chili

by foodrocks 14 years ago

So last night I decided to make this great sounding chili recipe I got off of the Craigslist message board for Chicken and Chorizo Chili. It sounded great, but the fact that part of the directions...

Creative ways to use for Hamburger Helper that taste better?

by silverdoves 9 years ago

Somewhere along the way I ended up with several boxes of Hamburger helper in my pantry. When I was younger I used to enjoy them, but now that I'm older and a bit snobbier in my tastes I just can't ...

Sharing a Kitchen with Family

by majandra22 6 months ago

Hello all, hoping for some ideas and suggestions here... how do foodies, cooks and chefs deal with sharing a kitchen with their loved ones? My boyfriend and I have very different cooking/cleaning/o...

What to do with boiled beet water?

by CherokeeSmith 6 months ago

Hello everyone I'm new here and I was asking what to do with boiled beet water! I really enjoyed the response about the plants, and I thought about doing it in my hair as well! However my main conc...

Refilling a disposable pepper or salt mill

by Lgalen 14 years ago

I'd like to try to get the top off of my empty Trader Joe's salt mill. My McCormick pepper mill is also nearly empty. I'd like to try to reuse them with whole spices such as cardamom, cumin, etc....

Why won't my sauce stick to my pasta?

by thursday 11 years ago

We've used jarred marinara, made slow-cooked homemade sauces with canned tomatoes and tomato paste, and homemade fast-cooked sauces with fresh tomatoes...and my sauce never seems to stick to the no...

How to reduce the acidity in citrus juices?

by racer x 10 years ago

Is there a way to reduce the acidity of citrus drinks (orange juice, lemonade, grapefruit juice, etc) without sacrificing flavor and aroma? I vaguely recall reading that adding cream of tartar h...

St. Paddy's Day 2015 Corned Beef... What's Your Preferred Cut of Choice...and How Do You Plan to Prepare It? Braised or Baked in the Oven or Steamed/

by fourunder 5 years ago

It's that time of year again...There's currently another thread posted by (Sir zackly) pondering why, or where's the cheap Corned Beef this year. I admit to fancying a good value purchase and stoc...

Cacio e Pepe shortcut

by dcallipygean 8 months ago

I'm working my way through classic Italian dishes and Cacio e Pepe is the next one up. Here's the catch: I live in a fairly small town in rural America. I can find great imported olive oil and Peco...

How to give beef stew more punch?

by ziggystardust 11 years ago

I'm planning on doing a slow cooker beef stew this weekend. Other than the meat itself, it'll be a pretty standard mix; carrots, onions, potatoes and celery. Every recipe I've tried including my mo...