Grab your flags, fire up your grill, and start hoarding berries: Fourth of July is on its way.
As always, our test kitchen team is here for you, hand-picking the perfect pie recipe, offering you every kind of ice cream imaginable, and providing a refresher course on strawberry hulling. Before you plan next week's festivities, take heed of our essential Fourth of July tips, as told through Instagram:
The first rule of slab pie: you get to be as meticulous with it as you want to be. Some people like to measure their slices. Some people like to attack the unsliced pie with forks and knives, descending like a wake of vultures. You do you.
Hulling strawberries is easy. Here's how to do it. Now go stuff some into your slab pie.
Always remember that watermelon makes the perfect snack. Or breakfast. Or dessert. Hey, it's summer -- you make the rules.
Tell us: what are your rules for Fourth of July?
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