Tips from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

Cooking is fun – at least it should be! No matter how long you’ve been in the kitchen, there is always something new to learn, whether it’s a simple twist on an old technique, or a handy tip to save time and energy. In this series of short videos, test kitchen director Noelle Carter demonstrates a variety of kitchen tips, ranging from how to hold a chef’s knife for maximum control to using a spoon to peel fresh ginger. Want to know how to peel a pomegranate without the mess, or truss a chicken? You’ll find it all here, and more. Curious about a technique, or want to share a tip we haven’t yet covered? Comment below and let us know.

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Homemade harissa

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Gelato

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Making meringue

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Homemade Yogurt

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Measuring by weight

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Soak Wood Skewers Before Grilling

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Defining grain in meats

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Fish spatula

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Segmenting a citrus

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Checking your oven for accuracy

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Making your own hot sauce

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Toasting Grains for Flavor

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Choosing, storing and cleaning mushrooms

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Slicing knives

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Different whisks for different uses

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Wet and dry measuring cups

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Caring for and cleaning your cutting boards

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Using a mortar and pestle in the kitchen

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How to hold a chef's knife for maximum control

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How to flour your pan using cocoa powder

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Peeling and slicing an Avocado

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Toast nuts and spices for flavor

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Breaking down a bell pepper

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Segmenting a citrus

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Checking your oven for accuracy

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How to cut up a chicken

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How to zest fruit

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Trimming ribs

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How to truss a chicken

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Peeling a peach

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Ways to cook a lobster

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Creative pie crust borders

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Easy way to keep your knifes sharp

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Peeling hazelnuts in no time

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Cutting board stabilization

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Perfecting parsley as a garnish

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How to prevent air pockets in cake

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Best way to freeze berries

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Cooking pasta right

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Preparing beans

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How to assemble and decorate a layer cake

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How to prebake a crust

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Roasting peppers

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Shucking an oyster

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Cooking En Papillote

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Roasting garlic

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Choosing a Bread Wash

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Peeling Small Onions

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Peeling Pomegranate

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How to trim lamb shanks

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Refreshing lettuces and herbs

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Choosing fresh fish

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