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Friday, December 10, 2010

Useful Cooking Tips - 1

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Dear woman of the house,

Many times we have seen that one cannot get the right information about items to store and how to use. I think below tips may help you to get ride off on such uncommon problems. Let me explain it one-by-one.

* Almonds: To remove the skin of almonds easily, soak them in hot water for 15-20 minutes.

* Ants: Putting 3-4 cloves in the sugar container will keep the ants at bay.

* Biscuits: If you keep a piece of blotting paper at the bottom of the container, it will keep biscuits fresh for a longer time.

* Butter: Avoid the use of butter. If it is essential to use, use a butter containing low saturated fat or with plant stanols (which avoid absorption of cholesterol by our body) or similar substitutes.

* Apples: Apply some lemon juice on the cut surface of the apple to avoid browning. They will look fresh for a longer time.

* Banana: Apply mashed banana over a burn on your body to have a cooling effect.

* Bee and Scorpion Sting Relief: Apply a mixutre of 1 pinch of chewing tobacco and 1 drop of water. Mix and apply directly and immediately to the sting; cover with bandaid to hold in place. Pain will go away in just a few short mintues.

* Bitter Gourd (Karela): Slit Karelas at the middle and apply a mixture of salt, wheat flour and curd all round. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour and then cook.

* Celery: To keep celery fresh for long time, wrap it in aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator.

* Burnt Food: Place some chopped onion in the vessel having burnt food, pour boiling water in it, keep for 5 minutes and then clean.

* Chili Powder: Keeping a small piece of hing (asafoetida) in the same container will store chili powder for long time.

* Chopping: Use a wooden board to chop. It will not blunt the knife. Don't use a plastic board, small plastic pieces may go with the vegetables.

* Coriander/Mint: You can use dried coriander and mint leaves in coarse powder form in vegetable curry or chutney, if fresh ones are not available.

To keep them fresh for a longer time, wrap them in a muslin cloth and keep in a fridge.

* Cockroaches: Put some boric powder in kitchen in corners and other places. Cockroaches will leave your house.

* Coconut: Immerse coconut in water for 1/2 an hour to remove its hust.

Have a nice cooking day at home..!!!