Cooking Skills

The Home Cook’s Guide to Cooking Methods

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Just like there’s more than one way to play a guitar, you can cook the same food using multiple methods, each yielding a unique texture, aroma, and taste.

The more methods you learn, the more diverse your home-cooked meals will become. Though you and your household will probably favor some more than you do others, it only helps if, with time, you’ve perfected them all.

Can You Put Butter in Cast Iron?

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Cast iron cookware is cheap, heats up incredibly well, and, thanks to the fact that it’s cast from a single piece of molten iron, can be used virtually anywhere—even on the outside grill or over a campfire.

It can also be tricky to use for first-time owners or seasoned cooks who don’t know all the quirks of cookware made of this metal. Especially if you’re cooking with a more delicate fat, like butter.

Is It Better To Thicken Soup With Flour Or Cornstarch?

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There are two schools of culinary thought when it comes to the best way to thicken soup, and both of them have equal merit (based on who you ask).

But the closer you look at cornstarch and flour—and the way in which they’re used as thickening agents for soup—the more obvious it becomes that one is actually better than the other. The idea that they’re both the same, is unfortunately, an old wives tale. 

Whether you choose flour or cornstarch to use as a thickening agent, it’s really important to know how to make use of them.

Which Side Of Parchment Paper Goes Up?

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Parchment paper is used quite often in the kitchen, especially if you’re baking. Its non-stick and humidity resistance make it ideal for covering your baking tray before you lay down the food that needs to be baked or cooked, and it’s super-easy to work with and dispose of. 

But have you found yourself asking which side goes up? It’s not like it comes with instructions to help you out, so how are you supposed to figure it out…