We make the mistakes in the kitchen, so that you don't have to.

3 Fun Food Hacks for Pizza, Bananas, and Jam

Pizza, bananas, and jam are some of our favorite things, so we couldn’t resist sharing these quick tips. Just don’t feel compelled to use them all at the same time—but who knows?

Bananas: Even More Magical Than You Thought

Did you know that you can use a banana peel to polish tarnished silverware? After you enjoy a banana, rub the inside of the peel along the silver and you’ll see the magic happen. Just wipe it off with a clean cloth afterward to have sparkling silverware again. It doesn’t work with really dark spots, but this trick works great with lightly tarnished utensils.

Best Way to Reheat Pizza

Microwaving cold pizza makes the crust soggy, and reheating it in the oven takes almost 30 minutes. The best way to reheat cold pizza is to put a few slices in a cold skillet, cover it, and turn the burner to low. About 8 minutes in the pan gives the cheese time to melt while the bottom crisps perfectly. No more soggy slices.

DIY Salad Dressing with Leftover Jam

To savor every last morsel of homemade or storebought jam, add olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and herbs/spices when the jam jar is nearly empty, screw the lid on, and shake away. In seconds you’ll have delicious fruity salad dressing, and nothing is wasted from the precious jams.

All of these quick tips are from the newest issue (August/September 2014) of Cook’s Country (learn more about print and iPad editions).

3 Tasty Tips for Your Next Summer Party (or Any Day, Really)

We’ve got the coolest food tricks for hot days. Summer, bring it on.

Guacamole: It’s Easy Being Green

Here’s a nifty trick to help keep guacamole looking fresh longer. Before storing the dip, pour an inch of water over the top. When you’re ready to serve, just pour off the water; the guacamole is dense enough that it doesn’t absorb the water. You’ll have guacamole that looks like you just made it.

Keeping Summer Berries Fresh

To extend the life of blueberries and strawberries, wash them in a light white vinegar solution: 1 cup vinegar to 3 cups water. Then dry them in a salad spinner (our favorite model is the OXO Good Grips) and store them in a container with the lid slightly open to allow moisture to escape. The vinegar kills bacteria without imparting flavor. Your berries will stay fresher for longer.

Sip Easy with a Better Way to Clean Straws

Brightly colored plastic straws are perfect for sipping summer coolers, but we’ve found that a dishwasher does a lousy job of cleaning them. Secret trick: Use denture cleaner tablets (really!) to help get them clean. Fill a big glass with the directed amount of water, drop a denture cleaner tablet in, and add the straws (flipping them over after a few minutes so both ends get clean). The straws are as fresh as new in no time.

All of these quick tips are from the newest issue (June/July 2014) of Cook’s Country (learn more about print and iPad editions).

No Fooling Around with Intensely Creamy Berry Fool
The only tricks we have today are of the kitchen variety.
Watch Christopher Kimball and Yvonne Ruperti make Berry Fool on the “Sweet Endings” episode of America’s Test Kitchen.
Recipe and video clip free through April 10, 2014
No Fooling Around with Intensely Creamy Berry Fool
The only tricks we have today are of the kitchen variety.
Watch Christopher Kimball and Yvonne Ruperti make Berry Fool on the “Sweet Endings” episode of America’s Test Kitchen.
Recipe and video clip free through April 10, 2014

No Fooling Around with Intensely Creamy Berry Fool

The only tricks we have today are of the kitchen variety.

Watch Christopher Kimball and Yvonne Ruperti make Berry Fool on the “Sweet Endings” episode of America’s Test Kitchen.

Recipe and video clip free through April 10, 2014

With temperatures dropping at an alarming rate this evening across America, we think it’s time to warm up with a big batch of our Lighter Chicken and Dumplings recipe: http://bit.ly/1cTsmD1How cold is it where you live?
With temperatures dropping at an alarming rate this evening across America, we think it’s time to warm up with a big batch of our Lighter Chicken and Dumplings recipe: http://bit.ly/1cTsmD1How cold is it where you live?

With temperatures dropping at an alarming rate this evening across America, we think it’s time to warm up with a big batch of our Lighter Chicken and Dumplings recipe: http://bit.ly/1cTsmD1

How cold is it where you live?

FOR THE BARGAIN HUNTER: Lodge Color Enamel 6-Quart Dutch Oven. Our favorite Dutch ovens cost more than $200. Ouch! But we found a cheaper version that performs just as well, and costs only $50. GET YOURS. 
FOR THE BARGAIN HUNTER: Lodge Color Enamel 6-Quart Dutch Oven. Our favorite Dutch ovens cost more than $200. Ouch! But we found a cheaper version that performs just as well, and costs only $50. GET YOURS. 

FOR THE BARGAIN HUNTER: Lodge Color Enamel 6-Quart Dutch Oven. Our favorite Dutch ovens cost more than $200. Ouch! But we found a cheaper version that performs just as well, and costs only $50. GET YOURS. 

For the gift-giver, or the wishlist maker—25 Days of #TestKitchenApproved Holiday Gadgets. 
Day 5: FOR THE PERFECTIONIST: Bistro Universal Knife Block. Unlike traditional knife blocks with slots for specific blades, universal models are “slotless” frames. GET YOURS: http://amzn.to/1ePYjvO
READ OUR REVIEW: http://bit.ly/IVzdRs
For the gift-giver, or the wishlist maker—25 Days of #TestKitchenApproved Holiday Gadgets. 
Day 5: FOR THE PERFECTIONIST: Bistro Universal Knife Block. Unlike traditional knife blocks with slots for specific blades, universal models are “slotless” frames. GET YOURS: http://amzn.to/1ePYjvO
READ OUR REVIEW: http://bit.ly/IVzdRs

For the gift-giver, or the wishlist maker—25 Days of #TestKitchenApproved Holiday Gadgets. 

Day 5: FOR THE PERFECTIONIST: Bistro Universal Knife Block. Unlike traditional knife blocks with slots for specific blades, universal models are “slotless” frames. GET YOURS: http://amzn.to/1ePYjvO

READ OUR REVIEW: http://bit.ly/IVzdRs

A great beef chili should be a mainstay of every home—which is why we developed a foolproof recipe, and Online Cooking School course, for this delicious dish.Taming of The Stew: The Chili Edition: http://bit.ly/GADyrt via Eatocracy
A great beef chili should be a mainstay of every home—which is why we developed a foolproof recipe, and Online Cooking School course, for this delicious dish.Taming of The Stew: The Chili Edition: http://bit.ly/GADyrt via Eatocracy

A great beef chili should be a mainstay of every home—which is why we developed a foolproof recipe, and Online Cooking School course, for this delicious dish.

Taming of The Stew: The Chili Edition: http://bit.ly/GADyrt via Eatocracy

Don’t be tardy! It’s time to gather your notebooks and measuring cups, because today’s lesson from Back to School with Bridget Week helps explain the science of cooking a perfect pot of rice. Day 4: So You Think You Know How to Make Rice? Plus a recipe for Cuban Black Beans and Rice.)
Don’t be tardy! It’s time to gather your notebooks and measuring cups, because today’s lesson from Back to School with Bridget Week helps explain the science of cooking a perfect pot of rice. Day 4: So You Think You Know How to Make Rice? Plus a recipe for Cuban Black Beans and Rice.)

Don’t be tardy! 

It’s time to gather your notebooks and measuring cups, because today’s lesson from Back to School with Bridget Week helps explain the science of cooking a perfect pot of rice. 

Day 4: So You Think You Know How to Make Rice? Plus a recipe for Cuban Black Beans and Rice.)