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    Pink Chicken: Always a Menace?

    We're told, when cooking chicken, to cook it thoroughly to make it safe. Why do we do that, and is it always necessary?

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    The Application of Salt

    Salt is one of the most important ingredients in all of cooking. When it is applied is often more important than how much is applied. Here is a grand tour…

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    Preserving wildlife (the edible kind)

    Buying time with foraged foods

  • How-To

    How to Brine a Turkey

    Making the brine for your Thanksgiving turkey is the simple part—it's finding the fridge space that's a challenge. Senior Food Editor and Test Kitchen Manager Jennifer Armentrout demonstrates two space-saving solutions, using…

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    Brine and defrost at the same time

    Whenever I have frozen meat that I want to brine for a little extra flavor, I put the meat into a resealable plastic freezer bag with the brine while it's…

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    Tasting Panel: Shopping for Capers

    Tangy Mediterranean dishes like penne alla puttanesca, chicken piccata, or braised fennel get their delicious briny punch from capers. Small but packed with sharp flavor, capers are the unopened flower buds…

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    Brine adds flavor

    Whenever I make something with capers or olives, I sprinkle a little of the brine from the jar on the food for an extra flavor boost. Most of the brines…

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    Space-Saving Brining Tips

    The hardest thing about brining a turkey is finding the space to store it in its brine. For her Thanksgiving menu, author Ris Lacoste likes to brine her turkey in…

  • How-To

    Modify feta's texture by storing it in brine, water, or milk

    Storing feta in brine not only preserves freshness, it also regulates the creaminess and saltiness. Taste the feta when you get it home (or, if possible, at the shop before…

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    Avoid 'extra-tender' pork

    As producers continue to raise leaner pork and cooks continue to overcook it, the problem of dry, tastless pork has become notorious. Here's how to avoid it.

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