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How to Season a Cast Iron Pan (It's Easier Than You Think!)

Online forums for the cooking-obsessed are a mixed blessing. On the one hand, they can be amazing resources, full of detailed information on all sorts of topics. But they can also expose just how little agreement there often is among experts when you get down to the nitty-gritty details. I've spent …

Cast Iron Skillet

25 Stir-Fry Recipes to Rock Out With Your Wok Out

Every cook has <i>that</i> piece of cookware—the one they keep coming back to day after day. That could be a stainless steel sauté pan, a cast iron skillet, or an enameled cast iron Dutch oven, but for me it's unquestionably my wok. I've been using the same cheap carbon steel wok for years, and it's one of …

How to Clean and Maintain Cast Iron

The photo above is capable of causing divorces, ending friendships, and starting wars. Think I'm joking? Then you've never talked to a no-soaper. All I'll say is this: Woe to you if you ever touch a no-soaper's cast iron pan with a sudsy sponge.<p>That's the nature of cast iron. Because it's one of …

Quick and Easy Dill Pickle Chips for Hamburgers and Sandwiches Recipe

These quick and easy pickles are a snap to make and will have better crunch and brighter flavor than any store-bought pickle you'll find. They're perfect for burgers and sandwiches.<p>Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Why It Works<p>A balanced mix of vinegar and water gives you pickles that are sharp …

How to Make Quick Dill Pickles to Top Burgers and Sandwiches

I know that making real-deal, lacto-fermented pickles the old-fashioned way, with nothing but vegetables, salt, a few microscopic critters, and time, is all the rage these days, but I feel like the humble quick pickle is unfairly maligned. I've made my share of sauerkraut, kimchi, and naturally …

Easy All-Purpose Barbecue Rub and Barbecue Sauce Recipe

If you barbecue or grill with any frequency, you'll want to make big batches of this all-purpose barbecue spice rub and sauce combo—they store well in the pantry and fridge (respectively), and they're great on a wide variety of barbecued and grilled foods, like ribs, chicken, or burgers.<p>Serious Eats<p>…

Forget Store-Bought: This Easy Barbecue Sauce and Rub Combo Has You (and Your Ribs) Covered

Let's say, for argument's sake, that you've already sworn off store-bought salad dressing for good. Wise move. Here's your next one: Ditch the store-bought spice rubs and barbecue sauce. The rubs come at a huge markup for what is essentially a container full of salt and sugar, with a touch of …

The Ultimate Homemade McRib (Smoked-Rib Sandwich) Recipe

McDonald's McRib is the rarely available pork-and-barbecue-sauce sandwich with a cultlike following. My goal? Take everything we love about the McRib and turn it up to 11, by starting from scratch with a few high-quality ingredients and a lot of good technique.<p>This is not a simple weeknight recipe. …

Step Aside, McRib Sandwich: The Food Lab's Ribby McRibface Just Stole Your Glory

More<p>Ribs<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>You smell that? That saccharine-sweet aroma, tinged with liquid smoke? It doesn't come every year, but you know when it's on its way.<p>It's coming.<p>I'm talking about the McRib.<p>Introduced by McDonald's in 1981, and available only intermittently, the McRib …

All-American Beef Stew Recipe

You know that scene in the movie where the nerdy hero or heroine finds inner confidence and suddenly becomes much more interesting and much more attractive to the rest of the world? That hero is beef stew and its time for confidence is now. The beef stew of my dreams starts with large tender, juicy …

How to Get Started With Sous Vide Cooking

Let's say that you were a good little boy or girl this past year (or maybe you're just really good at faking it) and somebody slipped a brand-new sous vide cooker into your stocking. Problem is, you've never cooked sous vide before, and it's unlike any kind of cooking you've done in the past. Where …

The Food Lab: Follow These Rules for the Best Fried Rice

I've been holding off on doing a full fried rice story for several years now. I'm not really sure why. Fried rice is a great way to use up leftovers, it is infinitely variable, and there are <i>plenty</i> of variables worth testing out. Couple that with the number of rules that everyone says you simply …

The Food Lab: A Mind-Blowing Technique for Cleaning Deep-Fry Oil Using Gelatin

I get emails from readers packed with fun stories, family recipes, and interesting tips, techniques, and questions all the time, but it's rare that I get one with a technique that completely blows my mind. This is one of those occasions.<p>Here's the short of it: You can use gelatin to filter cruddy …

The Food Lab: Building a Better Egg McMuffin

More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>It was only a few short months ago that McDonald's announced that it would be serving breakfast all day, a fact that will give me and my ilk an excuse to nurse hangovers with steamed egg patties and crumbly biscuits well into …

Homemade Egg McMuffin Recipe

For all its recognition and all that it gets right, the McDonald's Egg McMuffin is an inherently flawed product. One that, with a little time and effort, can be improved upon at home. Here's how I make mine. Hopefully, we'll learn some lessons that can be applied to <i>all</i> breakfast sandwiches, not …

Step-by-Step: How to Make a Perfect Apple Pie

GalleryStep-by-Step: How to Make a Perfect Apple Pie<p>A great apple pie can be as simple as picking the right type of apples; chopping them up; tossing them with sugar, spices, and a thickener; dumping them into a killer homemade pie crust; topping it; and baking it. A <i>perfect</i> apple pie, on the other …

The Food Lab's Step-by-Step Guide to Smoking a Turkey

GalleryThe Food Lab's Step-by-Step Guide to Smoking a Turkey<p>Thanksgiving is far and away my favorite holiday, but this year marks a new twist in the family fun: It's the first Thanksgiving that my wife, Adri, and I are hosting, and the first Thanksgiving that my family is celebrating away from the …

Sous Vide Steaks Recipe

Sous vide is the ideal way to prepare steak for perfectly even edge-to-edge cooking and foolproof results. These sous vide steaks can be finished in a pan or on the grill.<p>Why It Works<p>Slow, precise cooking followed by high heat gives you perfectly even results with a nice dark crust.<p><b>Read more: The</b> …

The Food Lab's Definitive Guide to Grilled Steak

More<p>Guide to Steak<p>All the methods and tips you need to make perfect steak, each and every time.<p>Summer's here and I've got a brand new backyard to grill in so now seems like as good a time as any to re-examine some of the things we know (or think we know) about grilling beef. Sure, we can all agree …

The Food Lab's Complete Guide to Sous Vide Steak

More<p>Guide to Steak<p>All the methods and tips you need to make perfect steak, each and every time.<p>Steak is one of the most popular foods for first-time sous vide enthusiasts to cook, and with good reason. Cooking steak the traditional way, in a cast iron skillet or on the grill, leaves lots of room …

The Food Lab's Grilled Chicken World Tour: 5 Recipes to Rock Your Backyard Bird

It's easy to see why chicken gets a bad rap in the grilling world. Most of the time it's dry, bland, or stringy with burnt skin. But when I visit my mom or head to family reunion cookouts, chicken is what she asks for. Not out of masochism, but because after spending years grilling hundreds of …

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The Food Lab's Complete Guide to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

<b>The key to a successful Thanksgiving is planning.</b> Know what needs to get done, when it needs to be done, and how much manpower and time it's going to take you. There's no better way to derail a calm evening than by scrambling at the last minute to make sure your turkey is cooked through, the gravy …

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Pan-Roasted Chicken With Vegetables and Dijon Jus Recipe

While a simple roast chicken is swell, and fall vegetables are pretty much <i>made</i> for roasting, wouldn't it be nice if there were a recipe that delivered a roast chicken with supremely crisp, crackling skin and juicy meat along with tender, charred roasted vegetables—all in one go? That's precisely …

Isan-Style Thai Sliced-Steak Salad Recipe

Inspired by my recent trip to Northeastern Thailand, this steak salad combines ingredients readily available in the average supermarket with distinct Isan flavors. Sliced steak, onions, and tomatoes are tossed in a fiery dressing made with pounded garlic and chilies flavored with lime juice and …

The Food Lab: This Isan Thai-Inspired Sliced Steak Salad Will Knock Your Socks Off

More<p>Guide to Steak<p>All the methods and tips you need to make perfect steak, each and every time.<p>The word "salad" takes on a pretty broad meaning in Thailand. Everybody knows larb, the salad of cooked ground meat dressed with fish sauce, palm sugar, and lime juice, flavored with chilies, garlic, …

The Food Lab: Make This Crisp-Skinned Chicken and Roast Vegetables in One Cast Iron Skillet

After two months of living in San Francisco, I haven't really found all that much to complain about yet. But if there's one thing, it'd be the weather. See, back East, I was used to my seasons coming for three months at a go. Summer is June through August. Fall is September through November. Here, …

The Burger Lab: Revisiting the Myth of The 12-Year Old McDonald's Burger That Just Won't Rot (Testing Results!)

A few weeks back, I started an experiment designed to prove or disprove whether or not the magic, non-decomposing McDonald's hamburgers that have been making their way around the internet are indeed worthy of disgust or even interest.<p>By way of introduction, allow myself to quote myself. This is …

Extra-Crispy Bar-Style Tortilla Pizza Recipe

Bar pies are the pizza for those who love thin crusts, and while making them from scratch is doable, sometimes you just need that pizza NOW. Far from being a compromise, tortilla-based pizzas are in fact the <i>ideal</i> quick and easy-way to make a super-crisp, extra-thin crust for a full-on pizza …