Tips & Techniques

5 Easy, No-Cook Ways to Dress Up a Steak — Tips from The Kitchn

If you're going to invest in an expensive steak (say, for a special occasion like Valentine's Day), you'll want to focus all of your attention on cooking this steak, especially if you don't do it very often. But what if you want to make this steak just a wee bit more special without committing to a complicated pan sauce?

Here are five things that you can serve with steak that require no extra cooking on the stove — just a few extra ingredients from the grocery store, or even your own pantry or refrigerator, that can be thrown together in a minute or two. They're easy ways to turn a plain steak into something with even more flair.

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3 Ways to Prevent Accidental Freezer Thawing — Love your Freezer

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I've heard about freezers being left open and the contents thawing. Friends have lost hundreds of dollars of groceries when that's happened to them. Accidental thawing was one of our considerations when we bought our chest freezer. In theory, the door/lid can't really be left open by accident, thus reducing our risk of an accidental thaw.

However, it wasn't until the power failed to reach my freezer that I realized how vulnerable my freezer stash was to thaw and loss.

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Mint in a Cocktail? Smack It First! — Tips from The Kitchn

Unlike the random sprig of mint that might show up on a restaurant dessert plate, mint in cocktails actually serves a purpose: It adds delicious herbal yet fresh flavors that provide a nice contrast from the sweet and more bitter flavors in a drink. But just throwing a sprig into your drink doesn't do anything — you've got to smack it first!

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7 Ways to Organize Your Side-by-Side Freezer — Love Your Freezer

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You know that room in your house that tends to get cluttered? It's really no fun to be in. Nothing fun really happens there. It's a little uninspiring, right?

Now imagine that cluttered space is in your kitchen! Makes it hard to cook, doesn't it? Makes you just want to run for the border and have fast food tacos for dinner. Well, getting your fridge freezer in order, ditching the frozen clutter is key to bringing inspiration and home-cooked meals back to the table.

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When Do You Need to Temper Chocolate? 5 Questions to Ask First — Tips from The Kitchn

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Home cooks don't temper chocolate that often for good reason: It's an exacting process to produce glossy, melted chocolate that dries shiny with a crisp snap. (And that's even before you're able to use it for dipping!)

So since this process is a bit laborious, when do you have to do it? What if you're just baking brownies or dipping rustic candies? We talked to chocolatier and artisan, Sarah Dwyer of Chouquette, a Maryland-based producer of chocolates and confections, and she gave us five questions to ask when trying to figure out whether or not tempering is necessary.

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Tiny Video Tip: How To Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time — Tiny Videos from The Kitchn

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It's not long until it's high season for boiled eggs: springtime, Easter, Passover. So get your egg boiling game on. Don't like hard-boiled eggs? This teeny-tiny 15-second video shows you how to boil eggs perfectly — whether you like them boiled hard or soft.

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