Best Materials for Pots and Pans

The four most popular cookware metals―and the pros and cons of each.

Which Food Containers Are Safe for the Microwave?

Find out which materials are microwave-friendly, and which ones you should avoid.

Cleaning and Seasoning a Cast-Iron Skillet

With a little TLC, this versatile pan should last a lifetime.

6 Winter Soup Essentials

Cozy up to a bowl of steaming soup with these helpful picks. All you have to add is your favorite recipe!

7 Stylish Cast Iron Kitchen Staples

Serious cooks know that great cast iron cookware lasts forever—and never goes out of style. And with more affordable and well-designed options on the market than ever before, from both historic brands and exciting new makers, there’s never been a better time to add some heavy metal to your kitchen collection.

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Our staff highlights RealSimple.com’s best ideas of 2012. Here, Producer Benice Atufunwa shares her picks.

Newlywed Ashley Bush is an absolute beginner in the kitchen. Join her as she learns how to cook, thanks to an arsenal of easy-to-follow recipes from the Real Simple food department.

Make the most of your kitchen utensils with these tips and tricks for zesting citrus, opening wine, measuring ingredients, and more.

Exploding pressure cookers are a thing of the past; today’s pressure cookers are a safe, efficient way to cook meals in minutes.