Heat

May 30, 2013

Making your grill (or broiler) shine this summer

BY W. WAYT GIBBS Associated Press Compared to other basic cooking techniques, grilling is hard: the temperatures are high, timing is crucial and slight differences in the thickness or wetness of the food can dramatically affect how quickly it cooks. Bad design choices by equipment makers—kettle-shaped grills with black interiors, for example—make it harder still. […]

May 16, 2013

Why food goes from almost done to overdone so quickly on the grill

BY W. WAYT GIBBS Associated Press Ever tried toasting hamburger buns on a grill? It takes uncanny timing to achieve an even medium brown across the buns. Typically, they remain white for what seems like far too long. Then it’s as if time accelerates, and they blow past toasted to burnt in the time it […]

April 26, 2013

A shocking (and hot!) tip for preserving produce

By W. WAYT GIBBS Associated Press Nothing is more frustrating than finding the perfect cucumber or head of lettuce at the farmers market, paying top-dollar for it, and then… tossing it out a week later when it has gone moldy or slimy in the refrigerator. No doubt one reason so many of us eat too […]

November 27, 2012

Our Guide to Picking the Perfect Pan

Are you looking for a new set of pans this holiday season? Scott Heimendinger, our Director of Applied Research, explains the science behind heat diffusion in stove-top cooking on MDRN KTCHN on CHOW.com. The end result: Thickness is more important than material, no matter how shiny and expensive those copper pans may be. He also […]

October 25, 2011

Vacuum-Concentrating, Part 1

MC coauthor Chris Young explains why low pressure is the key to flavorful reductions.

February 18, 2011

Torch Tastes

Chris Young answers a reader's question and discusses blowtorch types and technique.

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