Test Kitchen Tips & Tricks
Cooking how-tos and advice from the most trusted kitchen in the South.
Only Salad Dressing You'll Ever Need | Forget the bottled stuff, you'll never look back once you shake up a Mason jar full of this tasty (and oh-so-easy) lemon vinaigrette salad dressing.
The Best Way to Shape a Meatloaf | Ditch the loaf pan and go freeform for the tastiest meatloaf you’ve ever made.
How To Cook Black-Eyed Peas | Field pea season has arrived, but you won't need luck when it comes to fixing black eyed peas to perfection. We're sharing our prep secrets for this Southern classic.
How to Make Creamed Corn | There are a few essential ingredients for delicious creamed corn: the freshest cobs, a handy corn creamer, and time. Don't worry, this Southern classic is well worth the wait.
Southern Secret Ingredient: Ham Hocks | We've got the secret to smokin' Deep South flavor. From collard greens to red beans and rice, ham hocks are the perfect addition to whatever you're cooking.
Heavy Cream vs. Whipping Cream | Ever wonder which cream is the best pie topper? How about whether or not you can swap one cream for another? We'll give you the skinny on these dairy dilemmas and more in our heavy cream vs. whipping cream showdown.
Secrets to Poaching Eggs | Think eggs Benedict is strictly a brunch-out dish? Think again! We're demystifying poached egg prep—and you'll be cooking up these little beauties to perfection in no time.
Best-Ever Scrambled Eggs | There's no secret ingredient in our eggs, just a few tricks of the trade that will take your mornings from average to egg-cellent.
How to Fry an Egg | There may be a million and one ways to fry an egg but, we'll let you in on a little secret, ours is the best.
Put Up Your Peas! | We love seasonal field peas so much, we think they should be enjoyed year round. Use this test kitchen tip for freezing field peas in your kitchen and enjoy these little treasures for months to come. | SouthernLiving.com
How To Boil Eggs | Like steak, eggs have different degrees of doneness. Boiling eggs is all about the timing. Here in the Test Kitchen we cooked dozens of eggs in search of the most consistently tender whites and evenly cooked yolks. | SouthernLiving.com
▶ Easy Ways to Freeze Soups & Stews | Brr it's getting cold out there! Learn the best way to freeze big batches of soups and stews with these easy steps. | SouthernLiving.com
Two-Alarm Deep Fried Turkey | Whether adorning your holiday table or pleasing a crowd for a party, learn how to deep-fry your own turkey in four steps. | SouthernLiving.com
How To Deep-Fry Turkey
Make a perfect pie with these simple steps to fit a homemade or refrigerated crust. | SouthernLiving.com
How To Fit a Pie Crust
Easy Freezer Meals | Use this simple, plan-ahead cooking strategy to save time and money with your freezer. | SouthernLiving.com
Easy Freezer Meals
How To Freeze Soup | Leftover soup will last up to 3 days in the fridge or up to 1 month in the freezer. Follow these steps on how to freeze soup so you'll be set all winter long. | SouthernLiving.com
How To Freeze and Store Soup
The Easiest Way to Freeze Casseroles | This tip on how to freeze a casserole will free up your baking dishes and help you stock your freezer with ease. | SouthernLiving.com
How To Pound Chicken Cutlets | Learn how to pound chicken cutlets with this tip from Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin. | SouthernLiving.com