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  • How to Shape Better Burgers

    Use this quick tip to prevent your burgers from swelling to mini basketballs when you grill them up.

  • An Easier Way to Strain Homemade Broth

    If you’ve got a big pot with a pasta insert, you’ve got the equipment you need to save your back, prevent burns, and avoid making a big mess in the kitchen.

  • How to Dry Fresh Pasta Without a Rack

    There are all sorts of fancy gadgets for drying your strands of fresh-cut homemade pasta. But there's something already in your kitchen that does a great job.

  • How to Avoid Soggy Salad Greens

    Follow our Test Kitchen’s tricks of the trade for crisp, wilt-free salads every time.

  • How to Peel Ginger

    A paring knife or vegetable peeler can remove fresh ginger's thin skin, but both tools remove some of the most pungent flesh with it. There's a better way to peel fresh ginger.

  • The Secret to Crumb-Free Frosting

    Frosting flecked with crumbs can really ruin the look of an otherwise delicious cake; luckily, there's an easy way to prevent those crumbs from sticking to the frosting.

  • How to Rescue an Oversalted Dish

    Don't toss the dish you've worked so hard to make. This tip from Fine Cooking's Test Kitchen can save your supper.

  • How to Make Square Slice and Bake Cookies

    Everyone knows storing slice & bake cookie batter in an empty paper towel roll is one trick for well-shaped round cookies, but what do you do if you want square Christmas cookies?

  • How to Clean Chile Oils from Your Hands

    Touch your eyes or nose after handling fresh chiles, and watch out! Not any more: A common pantry staple helps to remove those irritating oils much better than soap alone.

  • How to Keep Your Pasta Hot and Delicious

    There's a better way to serve pasta! Use this two-for-one tip to keep your pasta piping hot and to prevent your sauce from drying out.

  • How to Grill Better Kebabs

    Learn our reader's trick for preventing cubes of meat and vegetables from slipping around on their skewers.

  • How to Grill Onions

    Sweet, caramelized grilled onion slices make a terrific topping for burgers and steak, but keeping them intact while grilling can be a challenge. Not any more. . .

  • How to Keep Pie Dough Cool

    Out for just a few minutes in a hot kitchen, pie dough can end up soft, sticky and nearly impossible to work with. What's a baker to do?

  • How to Remove Corn Silk Easily

    Learn a reader’s trick for removing that annoying silk from corn on the cob in seconds.

  • A Better Way to Peel a Kiwi

    You could use a knife or a vegetable peeler to peel a kiwi, but there's a better tool that leaves the fruit smooth and rounded instead of beveled.

  • How to Squeeze Spinach Dry

    There's a common kitchen gadget that helps you squeeze excess liquid out of cooked spinach without staining your dishtowel green.

  • An Easy Tool for Perfect Pancakes

    Ever wonder why your favorite diner can turn out plate after plate of perfectly round pancakes, while yours look wonky and misshapen? Well there's a better way to shape your pancakes, and it involves a tool you usually pull out only for Thanksgiving.

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