Appliances

Why You Should Always Preheat Your Slow Cooker — Tips from The Kitchn

Arguably, the most crucial flavor in a dish comes from the very first moments, when you sauté a few aromatics like chopped onions and garlic before proceeding with the recipe. That's when those simple flavors start to build, which eventually enhances your final result.

Some slow cooker recipes that call for you to sauté these aromatics separately on the stove before adding them to the appliance require it for this reason; it's a chance to give as much flavor to the dish as you can. But then they have you dump the sautéed items into a cold slow cooker, along with everything else, before turning it on.

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The 2 Worst Dishwasher Mistakes You’re Probably Making — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

A few weeks ago, we spent some time talking to Ted Lindeman, a professor in the biology and biochemistry department at Colorado College. We originally wanted to know which packing material he preferred for bagged lunches: plastic zip-top bags, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap. (He picked the bags as long as we all promised to use each bag at least five times before tossing them — and that when washing them between uses, we use just a little bit of not-too-hot water.)

But then he said two things about dishwashers that stood out to us even more than his unpredictable pick (we thought for sure he'd pick the foil, but that came in second place). Here are the two dishwashing mistakes we've been making. Are you making them too?

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The 10 Best Things You Can Do When Loading the Dishwasher — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

It may be a cliché, but I'll admit that my husband and I have had actual arguments over how to load the dishwasher. Turns out, we've both been wrong a few times, according to the dishwasher pros I've interviewed. Here are the 10 best things you can do when loading the dishwasher.

A bonus thing: Don't fight with your significant other. After all, it's just one load of dishes.

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I Bought a Tiny “Parisian” Fridge and I Totally Regret It — Small-Space Kitchens

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

Everything is better in Paris. I know that. Attempting to make my American home my own version of a Parisian apartment was destined to be a disappointment. I live on the wrong continent with a different way of life. But I couldn't resist.

I should have resisted.

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Recipe: 10-Hour Slow Cooker Chana Masala — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

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This version of chana masala, a dish of chickpeas braised in a gingery tomato gravy, is for those of you who love having a deeply seasoned sauce to sop up with naan or ladle over rice. It's for you if you crave big flavor from a vegetarian dish, and this recipe is especially for you if you're looking for a slow cooker recipe that's going to take you past the eight-hour mark into 10-hour territory.

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The 5 Best Frozen Foods to Cook in Your Instant Pot — Freezer to Table

(Image credit: Karla Conrad)

There is a lot to love about the Instant Pot, and if you snagged one on Amazon Prime Day you probably already know what I'm talking about. But the one feature that makes cooking more convenient above all else is the ability to use the pressure-cooking function to cook foods straight from the freezer. That's right — no defrosting necessary. Here are five foods that can be cooked from frozen in your Instant Pot.

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