How to Make Stale Bread (Yes, on Purpose!)

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we’re sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today: Forgot to stale the bread? Not to worry—stay calm, follow these easy-peasy steps, and carry on.
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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today: Forgot to stale the bread? Not to worry—stay calm, follow these easy-peasy steps, and carry on.

So you think your days of emergency bread-staling are over, do you? The stuffing's behind you? There are bread puddings and breadcrumbs and croutons in your future yet. And amidst your adept holiday meal-planning, you might (just might) let staling the bread slip.

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How to Make Fresh Or Dried Bread Crumbs

Before Food Editor Emma Laperruque’s recipe for Pecorino Dumplings, my relationship with bread crumbs (whether store-bought or homemade, fresh or dried, flavored or plain) was pretty much nonexistent. I grew up on those tinned bread crumbs laced …

Before Food Editor Emma Laperruque’s recipe for Pecorino Dumplings, my relationship with bread crumbs (whether store-bought or homemade, fresh or dried, flavored or plain) was pretty much nonexistent. I grew up on those tinned bread crumbs laced with Italian seasonings, but never thought to make homemade bread crumbs myself.

But then Emma asked a very good question: Why would you *ever* throw bread butts away, when—fresh or dried or even stale—they could have a very exciting future in crumb form? Now, I stockpile heels, odds, and ends in a tightly sealed bag in the freezer. When a dish is lacking a crispy-crunchy something, I’ll pull out a heel or two, blitz it in the blender (a la method #1 below), toss gently with olive oil or anchovy oil or sun-dried tomato oil and toast until crisp. 

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A Trick for Storing Berries to Keep ‘Em Fresher, Longer

Berries: can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Like many coveted objects, berries are both precious and frustrating, expensive and fragile. What is more maddening than splurging on vivid, juicy berries at the market only to find that your fruity…

Berries: can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. Like many coveted objects, berries are both precious and frustrating, expensive and fragile. What is more maddening than splurging on vivid, juicy berries at the market only to find that your fruity jewels have turned to mush—or worse, have been overtaken by dreaded mold—when you return to them for a mid-week treat? 

Don't despair just yet: This berry horror story does not have to be your destiny. The culprits behind berry mold are the evil, microscopic mold spores waiting to make a home of the friendly, moist skin of your gorgeous berries. Fortunately, there is a simple way to kill off the mold spores and bacteria that find your berries as delicious as you do. 

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How to Load a Dishwasher: A Definitive Guide

Yes, there is a proper way to load the dishwasher, and anyone who says otherwise might just want to watch the world burn. We take cleaning our dishes seriously, both personally and in the Food52 team kitchen—Amanda even has a  dishwashing ma…

Yes, there is a proper way to load the dishwasher, and anyone who says otherwise might just want to watch the world burn. We take cleaning our dishes seriously, both personally and in the Food52 team kitchen—Amanda even has a  dishwashing manifesto.

First things first, though, here's what should never go in the dishwasher

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How to Store an Avocado, So You Don’t End Up With Brown Mush

So, you bought an avocado to make guacamole or a sandwich or ice cream. But, where’s the best place to keep it? And what happens if you have half leftover? Today, we’re going back to the basics on how to store an avocado—from when to keep at room…

So, you bought an avocado to make guacamole or a sandwich or ice cream. But, where's the best place to keep it? And what happens if you have half leftover? Today, we're going back to the basics on how to store an avocado—from when to keep at room temp to how to tell if it's ripe. Let's get started. 

Where is the best place to store an avocado?

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How to Cut an Onion (& Why Different Cuts Actually Matter)

There are as many ways to cut an onion as there are to skin a cat. Actually, no, cutting an onion is way simpler than skinning a cat. Below, Nozlee explains if cutting an onion a specific way even matters (it does), why you might choose to cut it into …

There are as many ways to cut an onion as there are to skin a cat. Actually, no, cutting an onion is way simpler than skinning a cat. Below, Nozlee explains if cutting an onion a specific way even matters (it does), why you might choose to cut it into different shapes and sizes (to control its cook rate), and how to do so the right way (“right” as in the way all your fingertips remain intact). 

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How to Store Potatoes (So They Can Live Their Best Lives)

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are som…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.

Though potatoes are certainly, well, cut off upon harvest, they continue to breathe (spooky) and, in a way, live. As oxygen from the environment combines with the sugars in patats, it gets respired from the roots as carbon dioxide and water. 

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6 Smart Cooking Tips Straight From Culinary School Pros

We’ve partnered with Le Cordon Bleu to celebrate classic cooking techniques and recipes, and the many ways home cooks can bring them into their own kitchens. Here, we asked current Le Cordon Bleu students and graduates the best cooking tips they learne…

We've partnered with Le Cordon Bleu to celebrate classic cooking techniques and recipes, and the many ways home cooks can bring them into their own kitchens. Here, we asked current Le Cordon Bleu students and graduates the best cooking tips they learned in culinary school.


I love a good kitchen trick. From this genius hack for juicing a lemon without a knife to this why didn't I think of that? way to peel butternut squash, there isn't a kitchen trick that I won't at least try once. And as an enthusiast, I'm always looking for new additions to my repertoire.

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How to Save an Overly Salty or Spicy Dish

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we’re sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today: How can you fix an overseasoned dish? Don’t panic! Just follow these tips.
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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today: How can you fix an overseasoned dish? Don't panic! Just follow these tips.

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The Best Substitute for Cake Flour and Self-Rising Flour in Baking

A lot of us keep a gargantuan container of all-purpose flour in our pantry—a near-lifetime supply, if you’re anything like our Test Kitchen. All-purpose flour is the faithful old floury friend that we lean on for pancakes, muffins, and everything…

A lot of us keep a gargantuan container of all-purpose flour in our pantry—a near-lifetime supply, if you're anything like our Test Kitchen. All-purpose flour is the faithful old floury friend that we lean on for pancakes, muffins, and everything in between. More devoted bakers might even have a few wildcards in their baking arsenals, like whole wheat pastry flour or almond flour or spelt flour. But only in the most organized and well-stocked of home pantries have we found a bag of the self-rising variety, or ultra-soft cake flour, resplendent in its old-school packaging.

If you don't bake a whole lot, or didn't plan quite so far ahead (*raises hand*), you might get tripped up on a recipe that calls for one of these somewhat uncommon, vaguely esoteric flours. Should you take another trip to the grocery store to pick them up? No, we say happily. As it turns out, both cake flour and self-rising flour can be easily faked at home, using ingredients that you most probably already have on hand.

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