What makes a kitchen your friend is not the luxurious cabinets and appliances, it is all about the way you deal with kitchen chores. Have you ever thought why our grannies seem more comfortable with kitchen and cooking than us? It’s simply because they have a treasure of clever and handy kitchen tips (remember Nani Dadi ke nuskhe?).
To make this deal a fun, we have brought 50 useful kitchen tips and tricks for you. Have a glance to the following worth-a-read smart tips and tricks!
1. Storage of Spices
Spices need extra care as they lose their color, aroma and essence if not kept properly. To prevent their peak quality it is essential to store them properly.
Store the spices in bag or jar with ziploc or fitted lid, making it free of air through pressing it out. Put the sealed bad in tupperware or rubber-maid container. Any cool and dark place that can keep them away of heat effects is safe to store your spices.
To preserve the freshness and taste, keep chili, cayenne and paprika in freeze.
Do not store seeds for more than 4 years and seasoning blends for more than 2 years.
Do not store leafy herbs and ground for more than 2 to 3 years.
Never use a wet spoon to refill your daily spice-box.
2. Storage of Rice
Are you pissed off because of bugs in stored rice?
To prevent the stored rice from insects, dry mint-leaves and make its powder. Use 5 gm of powder for 1 kg of rice.
You can also put a paper sachet of boric powder.
Don’t cook butter in high flames as it has low burning point.
For cutting ultra thin pieces of small slice of peanut butter, use orange juice. It will also perk up the flavor of it.
4. Keep the Cheese Fresh
Prevent cheese from getting hard by greasing it with margarine or butter. Keep it in cool place.
5. Keep the Paneer Fresh
Before storing paneer in refrigerator, wrap it in blotting paper.
6. Soft and Spongy Paneer
To cook paneer soft, instead of frying, soak it in boiling water. The spongy paneer will come out.
7. Improve the Flavor of Olives
If you want to use ripe olives, soak them in olive oil overnight. It will enhance the flavor.
8. Fresh Lemon
Keep lemons fresh by dipping them in cold water before keeping them in refrigerator.
9. Get Rid of Hard Lemon
Dip hard lemons into warm water; it will facilitate an easier squeeze of lemons.
Have you shredded the coconut and it has got dried? No need to worry as you still can perk up its flavor by toasting it.
You can also heat it on moderate in oven, shaking it infrequently until it turns to brown.
11. Sticking Milk
If every so often you find milk sticking to the vessel while boiling it, use the pan after washing it in hot water.
Keep a spoon in the container while boiling the milk.
You can also use a moistened base to boil the milk.
12. Say ‘No’ to Spoil the Milk
Use half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to prevent milk from spoiling. This trick works even if you don’t put the milk vessel in refrigerator.
13. Remove Extra Salty Taste from Potatoes
You can eliminate it by dropping a raw potato in salty soup or gravy. Let it be in liquid for a few minutes before eliminating the container from heat.
14. Easy Cooking of Macaroni
Get rid of frequent over-boil while cooking macaroni by just pouring a tablespoon of oil to the boiling water.
15. Fresh Colored Vegetable
There is a saying that a person eats from his eyes first. So true! The vegetables’ color also adds to the taste.For Cauliflower
Use the solution of water and milk (1:1 ratio) for preventing its white color and fresh smell.For Brinjal
For preventing the color of brinjals that are chopped, put them in salty water.
16. Fruits and Easy PeelingOranges and Grapefruits
Drop them in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Carrots
Drop carrots in boiling water for 2-3 minutes before cutting for salad or cooking.
17. Tomatoes and Easy Peeling
Place the tomatoes in warm water for 10 minutes.
18. Garlic Cloves and Easy Peeling
Use a pan to make the cloves slightly warm. It would help in getting rid of the skins of cloves.
19. Almonds and Easy Peeling
Dip almonds in hot water for 20-25 minutes before starting to peel them.
20. Dry Fruits and Easy Chopping
Chopping the dry fruits is one of the tedious jobs. Make this job a fun by keeping the dry fruits in freeze and using a knife that is dipped in hot water for a few seconds. You will find how easier is to chop the dry fruits.
21. Sweet Cabbage
To get a sweeter taste of cabbage, cook it in an open container.
22. Sugar and Ants
We all know that sugar and ants have an old relation or some magnetic effect. You can keep your sugar box safe from ants by putting 5-6 cloves on the top of the container.
23. Cockroach-free Kitchen
Cockroach in kitchen, ouch! Keep the cockroaches at bay by using boring powder at the corners of your kitchen.
24. Say ‘No’ to Lizards in Kitchen
Hanging peacock-feather on wall works wonder in keeping the lizards at bay.
25. Bid Farewell to Mosquitoes
Take a cup of water and put some camphor tablets in it. This will prevent mosquitoes from coming in the kitchen.
Keep the biscuits fresh by using a blotting paper at the base of the biscuit-box.
27. Fresh Chilies
Store the chilies after eliminating the stems. It will keep them fresh for a longer time.
28. Fresh Peas
Keep them in a poly bag before storing in the refrigerator.
29. Fresh Celery
Keep celery fresh by wrapping in aluminum foil before keeping in refrigerator.
30.Yummy Idli and Dosa
Prevent the batter of idli and dosa from getting sour by placing a betal leaf over the solution.
31. Crispier Dosas
When you soak the mixture of rice and lentil, add about half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.
32. Ripen Fruits
To convert them from ripen to ripe fruits, use a newspaper to wrap them and keep in a warm place. In two or three days, emit of ethyl gas will make them ripe.
33. Right Selection of Chopping Board
Always use a wooden board instead of plastic one. It will not only prevent your knife getting blunt but also avoid plastic pieces going with vegetable.
34. Fresh Mint & Coriander Leaves
If you use dried mint and coriander leaves, keep them fresh by putting in muslin cloth.
35. Fresh Onion
Store the onions in cool and dark place, wrapping independently in the newspaper.
36. Say Bye to Sticking Dough
Place dough in freezer and get rid of sticking dough in just a few minutes.
37. Separated Noodles
After boiling the noodles in water, drain all the hot water from the container and pour some cold water in noodles.
38. Fungus-free Pickles
Before filling the jar with pickle, turn in upside down on burning grain of asafetida over hot coals. Keep the jar on it for some time.
39. Storage of Potatoes
Say no to store potatoes with onions. It causes them rotting soon.
40. Ice in Freezer
Prevent your freezer from formation of unwanted ice by rubbing salt inside the freezer.
Whiter Rice: Next time when you cook rice, add a few drops of lemon juice in water, then boil the rice.
Separate Rice: Before you boil the rice in water, pour a teaspoon of canola oil.
Use of Boiling Water: After boiling the rice, use extra water in lentils or soup, instead of draining the water.
42. Fresh Tomatoes
For getting rid of too ripped tomatoes, put them in cold water and pour salt. This technique will make them fresh.
43.Saffron and Flavor
To perk up the flavor of saffron, warm, crush, and add one teaspoon of milk. Stir it.
44. Icing on Cake
Dip the knife in warm water and finish the top surface. It will smoothen the icing.
45. Glasses and Crockery
To get sparkling glasses and crockery, use a handful of salt in washing water and then rinse.
46. Color of Grated Potatoes
Prevent the color of grated potatoes by putting them in cold water. Drain the water while using them.
47. Lemon Tea
While using the slices of lemon in tea, don’t forget to remove the seeds of lemon; otherwise, the taste of tea will get bitter.
48. Cardamom Flavor in Tea
Don’t throw the cardamom peels after taking the seeds and use them in tea. It will give a subtle taste to tea.
49. Kneaded Dough
For preventing dough from dry crust, cover the kneaded dough with a wet cotton cloth.
50. Baking Substitutes
Perk up the flavor by using apple sauce instead of sugar and banana or mashed avocado instead of butter. They are the great substitutes.
To organize the kitchen activities and its stuff is not a piece of cake, but you can make it a fun if you know the easy tricks. Now you have blown the gaff. Bring them into practice and see how interesting it is to deal with the cobwebs of kitchen!