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How to Make Smash Burgers Without a Spatula

How to Make Smash Burgers Without a Spatula

There’s something about a smash burger that regular burgers can’t give you. Maybe it’s in the way a flatter burger browns better, making it more aromatic and flavorful. Or in how it comes out chewier and drier, just like the drive-thru burgers your family used to eat on road trips when you were growing up.

Whatever it is (and I can’t put my finger on it), one thing’s for sure: a well-made smash burger is damn right delicious. In fact, it’s probably one of the best burgers you’ve ever had.

Keep French Fries From Sticking to Your Frying Pan

Keep French Fries From Sticking to Your Frying Pan

The other day, I made French fries—and they stuck badly to the bottom and sides of my stainless steel frying pan. I tried to free them with my spatula, but that only made things worse as it cut them in halves.

That’s the thing about stainless steel. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best types of cookware. But if you don’t know how to use it (and you learn something new every day), cooking with it is often a hit or a miss.

How can you keep French fries from sticking to your stainless steel frying pan?

How Long Does Pizza Dough Last in the Fridge?

How Long Does Pizza Dough Last in the Fridge?

One of the things I love about home cooking is that, in your own kitchen, you get to set the rules. As long as you know what you’re doing, you can take the occasional shortcut here and there—and your meals will still come out tasting great.

When it comes to pizza, that occasional shortcut for me is store-bought pizza dough. Yes, I mean the same kind you typically bring back home from the grocery store’s frozen dough section.

Talking to my friends and exchanging emails or comments with my readers on the topic, I’ve seen that one question frequently comes up.

When to Add Cheese to Your Burger?

When to Add Cheese to Your Burger?

It’s an open secret that cheese makes everything better. Especially when it comes to building the perfect burger. Seriously, I dare you: try to name one person who doesn’t like melted cheese on a juicy burger!

Enjoying burgers is one thing; making them is another. When talking to others on the topic, one of the questions I often get asked is, “When should I add the cheese to it?”

How to Store Sun-Dried Tomatoes

How to Store Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes are juicy little tomatoes that have had most of their moisture taken away by drying in the sun (or the oven, or a tomato dehydrator).

Sun-drying is an excellent way to preserve and elevate tomatoes. It extends their shelf life significantly and gives them a wonderful texture and flavor that is unique and very tasty.

How to Clean Your Induction Cooktop Naturally

How to Clean Your Induction Cooktop Naturally

It’s been half a year since I started cooking with induction. So far, it’s been working out great. Enough so that I continue to stick to the opinion that, despite their higher price, induction cooktops are generally worth it.

The cooktop heats my pans and pots quickly and evenly (for those of you coming here for the first time and who may be wondering, I cook mostly with tri-ply stainless steel and every now and then with cast iron).

Since my induction cooktop’s surface stays cool and my cookware heats from the inside out (I’ll tell you exactly how this works later on in this post), cleanup has been mostly effortless.