4 Must-Steal Cooking Secrets from Our Test Kitchen

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just getting started, we’re sharing four essential secrets from our test kitchen to keep your kitchen humming along and make cooking simple and enjoyable.

10 Spices To Keep in your Spice Rack

Seasoning food is more than just adding salt and pepper. Becoming familiar with basic spices can unleash your creativity and enhance a simple dish. Make sure you have these ten versatile spices in your spice rack.
1. Basil
2. Cinnamon
3. Paprika
4. Garlic Powder
5. Oregano
6. Onion Powder
7. Cayenne Pepper
8. Yellow Mustard
9. Chili Powder
10. Ginger Root Powder

Keep your Knife Sharp

A sharp knife doesn’t just make chopping and cutting easier; it makes it safer. You are more likely to injure yourself with a dull knife. Keep your knife sharp by sharpening it on a honing rod once a week, and using a whetstone once a year. It’s also a good idea to make sure you hand wash your knife, to avoid knicks from other utensils in the dishwasher.

Use a Towel Under your Cutting Board

Have you ever noticed your cutting board sliding around as you use it? Placing a kitchen towel, or a damp paper towel under your cutting board will keep it in place, and keep your fingers safe.

Clean as You Go

No one wants to clean after they’ve enjoyed a home-cooked meal. Make clean up a breeze by cleaning as you go. Keep a kitchen rag close to wipe down counters, and wash dishes or load them in the dishwasher while you wait for your food to cook.

Start with these tips and you’ll be on your way to becoming a master chef, at the very least in your own home.