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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.

You Don't Have to Soak Your Dishes  You Don't Have to Soak Your Dishes 

You wake up in the morning, stagger to the kitchen to brew some coffee, and that’s when the smell hits you. It’s robust, wretched, and it’s coming from your sink—dirty dishes. The night before you filled some crusty bowls and pans with water under the pretense of cleaning them later on, but you forgot and now you’re…

Remove the Knobs From Your Stove Before a House Party Remove the Knobs From Your Stove Before a House Party

Try as you might to get people to hang out in the living room, the kitchen is always the most happening spot at any given house party. It’d be fine if guests sat in chairs, but people like to lean, and some of them like to lean on the stove.

Store Organic Peanut Butter Upside Down to Avoid an Oily Mess Store Organic Peanut Butter Upside Down to Avoid an Oily Mess

Organic peanut butter is tasty stuff, and it can even be part of a healthy diet as long as you don’t eat too much. But when you store it for a while (or in some cases, when you first buy it), the oils separate from the rest of the butter and rise to the top, which requires a vigorous stirring before you can spread…

Yes, You Can and Should Make Chicken Liver Mousse Yes, You Can and Should Make Chicken Liver Mousse

As a meat eating human, I always try to eat as much of any given animal as I can, even if that means removing its face from its skull. As such, I’m a big fan of offal-centric applications, particularly the surprisingly cheap and easily executed chicken liver mousse.

How to Use Liquid Aminos How to Use Liquid Aminos

If you’ve ever seen a bright yellow bottle with two happy looking old people on it, you’ve probably wondered exactly what are Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Basically, it’s an unfermented, soy sauce-like product made completely from soy beans and water (meaning it’s wheat free) and it is delicious.

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