How to Debitter Olive Oil for Emulsions

Extra-virgin olive oil (and mustard oil) can lend emulsions like mayonnaise an unpleasantly bitter taste, but a simple trick can strip away all the bitter-tasting compounds.


Extra-virgin olive oil (and mustard oil) can lend emulsions like mayonnaise an unpleasantly bitter taste, but a simple trick can strip away all the bitter-tasting compounds. Read More

Do You Really Need to Wash Rice? Nik Sharma Has Thoughts.

If you’re like us, every time you hear about a kitchen hack—whether it’s advice from grandma or trending on TikTok—you wonder: But does it actually work? In The Kitchen Scientist, we’re asking author Nik Sharma (whose new book, The Flavor Equation, com…

If you're like us, every time you hear about a kitchen hack—whether it's advice from grandma or trending on TikTok—you wonder: But does it actually work? In The Kitchen Scientist, we're asking author Nik Sharma (whose new book, The Flavor Equation, comes out in October!) to put it to the test.


It’s almost an unconscious act for most of us. Before we cook many ingredients, we inevitably make our way to the kitchen sink to wash them. This does a lot of things: It rids the food’s surface from grit, dirt, chemicals, and bugs. But in some instances, washing also helps improve the quality of a dish, especially when rice is involved.

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The Science of Yogurt Marinades

Conventional cooking wisdom suggests that marinating meat for a long time can yield undesirable results. But all acids are not equal, and yogurt-based marinades can produce great results, even when applied to meats overnight.


Conventional cooking wisdom suggests that marinating meat for a long time can yield undesirable results. But all acids are not equal, and yogurt-based marinades can produce great results, even when applied to meats overnight. Read More

Could Salt Make Coffee Taste Better?

If you’re like us, every time you hear about a kitchen hack—whether it’s advice from grandma or trending on TikTok—you wonder: But does it actually work? In The Kitchen Scientist, we’re asking author Nik Sharma (whose new book, The Flavor Equation, com…

If you're like us, every time you hear about a kitchen hack—whether it's advice from grandma or trending on TikTok—you wonder: But does it actually work? In The Kitchen Scientist, we're asking author Nik Sharma (whose new book, The Flavor Equation, comes out in October!) to put it to the test.


Of the five basic tastes, I find bitterness to be the most interesting—not only from an ingredient perspective but also looking at our behavior in response. In most recipes, we usually try to avoid tasting bitterness, and, as cooks, we’ve developed various ways in the kitchen to make the taste more palatable by trying to reduce it, cover it up, or remove it entirely.

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Yogurt- and Mint-Marinated Chicken Thighs With Pickled Nectarines

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are marinated in an aromatic mixture of fresh yogurt and mint, then gently roasted and served with quick-pickled nectarines for a light but complex summer meal.


Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are marinated in an aromatic mixture of fresh yogurt and mint, then gently roasted and served with quick-pickled nectarines for a light but complex summer meal. Read More

Should You Wash Strawberries in Salt Water? We Asked a Food Scientist.

If you’re like us, every time you hear about a kitchen hack—whether it’s advice from grandma or trending on TikTok—you wonder: But does it actually work? In The Kitchen Scientist, we’re asking author Nik Sharma (whose new book, The Flavor Equation, com…

If you're like us, every time you hear about a kitchen hack—whether it's advice from grandma or trending on TikTok—you wonder: But does it actually work? In The Kitchen Scientist, we're asking author Nik Sharma (whose new book, The Flavor Equation, comes out in October!) to put it to the test.


I’d read a few reports about folks washing strawberries in salt water to get rid of worms and other types of bugs, but hadn’t considered doing it myself. To be honest, washing with tap water has never let me down.

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The Science of Tadka: An Essential Technique for Blooming Spices

Tadka, also known as tarka, refers to both a technique and the infused oil it produces, which adds an extra layer of flavor and texture in many Indian dishes. This guide will show you how to make it, the science behind it, and when you should use it.


Tadka, also known as tarka, refers to both a technique and the infused oil it produces, which adds an extra layer of flavor and texture in many Indian dishes. This guide will show you how to make it, the science behind it, and when you should use it. Read More