How to Clean & Care for Stainless Steel Pans Like a Pro

The arrival of a new set of stainless steel cookware is a joyful occasion. The second you lay eyes on it—all shiny and pristine—you’re already dreaming of all the searing, caramelizing, and sautéing you’ll be doing. But in the same breath, you also thi…

The arrival of a new set of stainless steel cookware is a joyful occasion. The second you lay eyes on it—all shiny and pristine—you’re already dreaming of all the searing, caramelizing, and sautéing you’ll be doing. But in the same breath, you also think: Man, I really hope I don’t ruin this gleaming piece of perfection. Because as much as stainless steel pots and pans conduct, distribute, and maintain heat beautifully, and are an absolute joy to have around the kitchen, they also need your care and attention.

Let’s face it: bits of food will stick on, water spots will (too reliably) appear, and dings will happen. Luckily though, there are handy solutions for all this regular wear and tear. Protect your precious pots and pans from discoloration, damage, and debauchery by following these guidelines for cleaning and for caring.

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16 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Cornbread (Other Than Stuffing)

Cornbread, warm, right out of the oven: It’s something we find ourselves eagerly cutting off squares of and eating straight from the pan, with a knifeful of soft butter for slathering onto each bite. It goes wonderfully with summer BBQs and Thanksgivin…

Cornbread, warm, right out of the oven: It's something we find ourselves eagerly cutting off squares of and eating straight from the pan, with a knifeful of soft butter for slathering onto each bite. It goes wonderfully with summer BBQs and Thanksgiving dinners alike. But no matter what time of year we make it, it all too soon it becomes a very different, much less joyous affair—bordering on tasteless, dry, and crumbly. What a shame. 

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The Best Ways to Use a Plethora of Parsley

There are so many great conversations on the Hotline—it’s hard to choose a favorite. But we’ll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community’s knowledge—and to keep the conversation going.
Today: Parsley is a great he…

There are so many great conversations on the Hotline—it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge—and to keep the conversation going.

Today: Parsley is a great herb to have in the kitchen—but what do you do with bunches and bunches of it (or even just a single bunch you bought for a recipe, but don't know what else to make with it)? One community member even found themselves with 10 pounds of the stuff; this might not be exactly the situation you're in, but we've got enough parsley recipe ideas below to prepare you just in case. 

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What’s the Best Oil for Frying?

There are so many great conversations on the Hotline—it’s hard to choose a favorite. Here, we bring you a heated debate on the best frying oil, plus a community-approved winner. 
Frying is a delicate task. When you finally find the courage t…

There are so many great conversations on the Hotline—it's hard to choose a favorite. Here, we bring you a heated debate on the best frying oil, plus a community-approved winner. 

Frying is a delicate task. When you finally find the courage to plunge your food into hot oil, you only get one shot, and have to watch it like a hawk. We want to equip ourselves with the best frying medium to ensure food comes out as delicately crunchy and not as blackened crisps.

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How Much Turkey Per Person?: The Thanksgiving Dilemma

How much turkey per person? It’s the age-old Thanksgiving dilemma. But it doesn’t have to be such an ordeal. Just account for about 1 pound per person—unless you want leftovers, in which case you should account for about 1 1/2 pounds per person. …

How much turkey per person? It's the age-old Thanksgiving dilemma. But it doesn't have to be such an ordeal. Just account for about 1 pound per person—unless you want leftovers, in which case you should account for about 1 1/2 pounds per person. For more intel on the subject, read on below.

It’s inevitable. Every Thanksgiving you question how you’re supposed to choose the size of your bird. Was it one pound per person? Or two? And what about the mashed potatoes? There has to be a better method than just dumping bagfuls in a pot and hoping there’s enough to go around.

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The Best Ways to Use Up Leftover Sweet Potato

Got leftover sweet potatoes in your fridge? Say, you made dinner one night or meal-prepped a few sweet potatoes and don’t know what to do with the leftovers. Well, you’re in luck! Sweet potatoes are the best base for things like waffles, salads, soups,…

Got leftover sweet potatoes in your fridge? Say, you made dinner one night or meal-prepped a few sweet potatoes and don't know what to do with the leftovers. Well, you're in luck! Sweet potatoes are the best base for things like waffles, salads, soups, and of course, pie. Here's exactly what you should cook with them, whether your sweet potatoes are mashed or baked or boiled or steamed—and don't forget to scroll down for our best leftover sweet potato recipes.

We’ve all been there: We popped vegetables in the oven to roast, but then they took too long and then ... dinner couldn't wait. They’re still worth saving, of course—but sometimes figuring out how to use them can be a little overwhelming. 

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