The Test Kitchen perfects each of our thousands of recipes to be delicious and doable. Here, we share what it takes to become a Southern Living recipe.
The staff votes on a rating for each recipe after their discussion. A single number sets apart the good from the great: 1, 1+, 2, 2+, or 3—with 1 being the lowest. All recipes that run in the magazine receive at least a 2, and only the very best recipes receive a 3. About 30% of recipes will be tweaked and retested at least once.
Did you know? The staff takes one to two bites to taste test each recipe.