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Stop Hand Washing Your Dishes Stop Hand Washing Your Dishes

Great news for people who hate doing dishes: if you have a dishwasher, washing your dishes by hand is a colossal waste of water, energy, time, and money, and you can prove it with math.

Have These Kitchen Tools on Hand for Thanksgiving Have These Kitchen Tools on Hand for Thanksgiving

If you have hosted many Thanksgiving dinners at your lovely home, chances are you have all the pots, pans, and tools you need to cook up a turkey along with an impressive array of sides and pies. But if this is your first year, you are most likely not prepared, because a Thanksgiving dinner requires kitchen items you…

Clean Your Stove While the Oven Is On  Clean Your Stove While the Oven Is On 

I develop recipes for a living, which means my stovetop is basically always a disaster. Cleaning sucks, and even though I know it creates more work in the long run, I’ll find any excuse to avoid wiping oil spatters off my stove.

Write the Date on Everything in Your Fridge Write the Date on Everything in Your Fridge

Most leftovers last four days in the fridge, but do you really remember whether that takeout is from Friday or from Saturday? And here are the meatballs from yesterday—or wait, are they from the batch you made last week? Get in the habit of dating your food, and you can stop wondering.

Get Extra-Crispy Roasted Vegetables by Adding a Little Cornstarch  Get Extra-Crispy Roasted Vegetables by Adding a Little Cornstarch 

We love roasted vegetables around here, and we’re always interested in simple ways to make this already-versatile technique even more appealing. A recent oven fries bender got me thinking: if a little cornstarch can turn sad, limp, roasted potato sticks into crunchy, basically fried goodness, can it do the same for…

Catch More Flies With Vermouth Catch More Flies With Vermouth

They say you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but apple cider vinegar is actually pretty good at attracting fruit flies. However, according to Food52, you can catch even more flies with an Aperol spritz.

The Dos and Don'ts of Sharing a Kitchen with Roommates The Dos and Don'ts of Sharing a Kitchen with Roommates

August marks that magical time of year college-town residents know so well: The Descent of the Undergrads. All across the country, hordes of young adults are signing leases, scouring Goodwills and IKEAs for furniture, and preparing to live on their own for the first time. God help us all.

How to Set Up Your First Kitchen So You Can Finally Feed Yourself Like an Adult  

Don’t know how to plunge a toilet? Still taping Scarface posters to your wall? Not sure whether that shirt really needs to be washed or if it can last another few days? We’ve been there, and we’re here for you. This is Lifehacker’s Summer of Adulting series, where we’ll guide you through some real-world basics to…

You've Probably Been Using A Can Opener Wrong You've Probably Been Using A Can Opener Wrong

There are some things that will never be replaced by an app, and a sturdy, hand-cranked can opener is one of them. Unfortunately, we’re all too busy learning to code or whatever to practice our domestic skills, and no one knows how to use them.

In Defense of the Scooped-Out Bagel In Defense of the Scooped-Out Bagel

If you’re visiting New York City for the first time and having your first bagel, it’s certainly cause for excitement and wonderment. How did the baker produce this incredible textural mashup of chewy inside and crunchy outside? It might seem ludicrous to scoop this masterpiece out, leaving behind a sad, hollow corpse.…

What Kitchen Tools Do You Bring on Vacation? What Kitchen Tools Do You Bring on Vacation?

Hello, and welcome back to What’s Cooking?, the open thread where you get to share your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things food-related. This week I want to talk about summer vacations, rental kitchens, and the things we bring to make cooking in them easier.

Care for Your Cast Iron With a Mister Bottle  Care for Your Cast Iron With a Mister Bottle 

Applying a thin coat of oil to your cast iron after cleaning is an essential step to keeping it pretty and functional. There’s nothing wrong with pouring it straight from the bottle, but you can over-pour and, if you don’t fully wipe up the excess, end up with sticky residue.

How to Safely Reuse Food Packaging How to Safely Reuse Food Packaging

Wasteful packaging is an inescapable part of drawing breath in a capitalist society but, for a variety of reasons, most people can’t alter their food choices based solely on the materials that contain it. This is why I reuse food packaging whenever I can: sure, it cuts down on waste, but I also get to stock up on…

Your Apartment Needs a Chest Freezer Your Apartment Needs a Chest Freezer

Stocking up on staples is a great way to stretch a budget and minimize waste, so a good chest freezer is a boon to the budget-minded home cook. Sadly, common misconceptions about their energy usage and footprint size discourage the folks who would benefit the most from a chest freezer—apartment-dwellers with decrepit,…

Make Doing the Dishes Easier by Using a Tub   Make Doing the Dishes Easier by Using a Tub  

Doing the dishes—or “washing up” as the Brits call it—is the worst part of cooking and feeding yourself at home. Though I have developed little tricks for motivating myself, few things make the task of washing cookware in a single, undivided sink easier than the humble dish tub.

'Shining Your Sink' Will Make Your Life Better 'Shining Your Sink' Will Make Your Life Better

Kitchen sinks are usually thought of as something that you clean things in, not something that needs cleaning itself, but Organizational guru Marla Cilley—also known as the Fly Lady—swears that a sparkling sink is the key to a happier, more organized kitchen.

Get Your Kitchen Company-Ready in 10 Minutes Get Your Kitchen Company-Ready in 10 Minutes

I like company. I don’t even mind unexpected, last-minute, “hey, I’m in your neighborhood” company. In fact, if I am home, I am almost always ready to receive guests, but my kitchen is another story. But even if there is a pile of dishes in the sink and a weird smell hovering in the air, I can get it in decent shape…

Store Your Plastic Wrap in the Freezer Store Your Plastic Wrap in the Freezer

Plastic wrap is perhaps the most infuriating, but necessary kitchen item in existence. Though buying the good stuff at a restaurant supply store makes it less infuriating, where you store it can also affect how difficult it is to handle.

Save a Podcast for Washing Dishes Save a Podcast for Washing Dishes

I like to wash dishes. It’s one of my few responsibilities that doesn’t require any mental effort. You might not like washing dishes. You might try soaking them in a bad-faith act of procrastination. Here’s an idea: Pick one of your favorite podcasts, and only listen to it when you wash the dishes.

Plain White Vinegar Is the Dishwashing Hero You Need  Plain White Vinegar Is the Dishwashing Hero You Need 

Fat makes food taste good, but greasy food has a way of lingering in the air—and on the dishes—long after a meal has ended. If you’re sick of finding oil slicks on dishes you could have sworn were clean, you owe it to yourself to fill a spray bottle with vinegar and keep it near your kitchen sink.

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