Monday, November 25, 2013

50 Smart Kitchen Tips and Tricks

Smart Kitchen Tips and Tricks
50 Smart Kitchen Tips and Tricks

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

Storage of Spices
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

Storage of Rice
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.

3. Butter

Butter
Butter

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

Keep the Cheese Fresh
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

Keep the Paneer Fresh
Keep the Paneer Fresh

Before storing paneer in refrigerator, wrap it in blotting paper.

6. Soft and Spongy Paneer

Soft and Spongy Paneer
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

Improve the Flavor of Olives
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If you want to use ripe olives, soak them in olive oil overnight. It will enhance the flavor.

8. Fresh Lemon

Fresh Lemon
Fresh Lemon

Keep lemons fresh by dipping them in cold water before keeping them in refrigerator.

9. Get Rid of Hard Lemon

Get Rid of Hard Lemon
Get Rid of Hard Lemon

Dip hard lemons into warm water; it will facilitate an easier squeeze of lemons.

10. Coconut

Coconut
Coconut

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

Sticking Milk
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

Say ‘No’ to Spoil the Milk
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

Remove Extra Salty Taste from Potatoes
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

Easy Cooking of Macaroni
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
Fresh Colored Vegetable: Cauliflower
Fresh Colored Vegetable: Cauliflower

Use the solution of water and milk (1:1 ratio) for preventing its white color and fresh smell.

For Brinjal
Fresh Colored Vegetable: Brinjals
Fresh Colored Vegetable: Brinjals

For preventing the color of brinjals that are chopped, put them in salty water.

16. Fruits and Easy Peeling

Oranges and Grapefruits
Easy peeling of fruits like Oranges
Easy peeling of fruits like Oranges

Drop them in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Carrots

Easy peeling of fruits like Carrots
Easy peeling of fruits like Carrots

Drop carrots in boiling water for 2-3 minutes before cutting for salad or cooking.

17. Tomatoes and Easy Peeling

Easy peeling of tomatoes
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Place the tomatoes in warm water for 10 minutes.

18. Garlic Cloves and Easy Peeling

Garlic Cloves and Easy Peeling
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

Easy Peeling of Almonds
Easy Peeling of Almonds

Dip almonds in hot water for 20-25 minutes before starting to peel them.

20. Dry Fruits and Easy Chopping

Easy Chopping of Dry Fruits
Easy Chopping of Dry Fruits

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

Sweet Cabbage
Sweet Cabbage

To get a sweeter taste of cabbage, cook it in an open container.

22. Sugar and Ants

Save sugar from ants
Save sugar from 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

No cockroach in Kitchen
No cockroach in 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

Say ‘No’ to Lizards in Kitchen
Say ‘No’ to Lizards in Kitchen

Hanging peacock-feather on wall works wonder in keeping the lizards at bay.

25. Bid Farewell to Mosquitoes

Camphor tablets for mosquitoes
Camphor tablets for mosquitoes

Take a cup of water and put some camphor tablets in it. This will prevent mosquitoes from coming in the kitchen.

26. Biscuits

Fresh crispy biscuits
Fresh crispy biscuits

Keep the biscuits fresh by using a blotting paper at the base of the biscuit-box.

27. Fresh Chilies

Fresh Chilies
Fresh Chilies

Store the chilies after eliminating the stems. It will keep them fresh for a longer time.

28. Fresh Peas

Fresh Peas
Fresh Peas

Keep them in a poly bag before storing in the refrigerator.

29. Fresh Celery

Fresh Celery
Fresh Celery

Keep celery fresh by wrapping in aluminum foil before keeping in refrigerator.

30.Yummy Idli and Dosa

Yummy Idli and Dosa
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

Crispy Dosa
Crispy Dosa

When you soak the mixture of rice and lentil, add about half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.

32. Ripen Fruits

Fresh fruits
Fresh 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

Right Selection of Chopping Board
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

Fresh Mint and Coriander Leaves
Fresh Mint and Coriander Leaves

If you use dried mint and coriander leaves, keep them fresh by putting in muslin cloth.

35. Fresh Onion

Fresh Onion
Fresh Onion

Store the onions in cool and dark place, wrapping independently in the newspaper.

36. Say Bye to Sticking Dough

Say Bye to Sticking Dough
Say Bye to Sticking Dough

Place dough in freezer and get rid of sticking dough in just a few minutes.

37. Separated Noodles

Separated Noodles
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

No fungus in Pickles
No fungus in 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

Storage of fresh Potatoes
Storage of fresh Potatoes

Say no to store potatoes with onions. It causes them rotting soon.

40. Ice in Freezer

Ice in Freezer
Ice in Freezer

Prevent your freezer from formation of unwanted ice by rubbing salt inside the freezer.

41. Rice

Tasty Rice
Tasty Rice

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

Fresh Tomatoes
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

Good flavor of Saffron
Good flavor of Saffron

To perk up the flavor of saffron, warm, crush, and add one teaspoon of milk. Stir it.

44. Icing on Cake

Icing on Cake
Icing on Cake

Dip the knife in warm water and finish the top surface. It will smoothen the icing.

45. Glasses and Crockery

Sparkling glasses and crockery
Sparkling 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

Fresh color of grated Potatoes
Fresh 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

Refreshing Lemon Tea
Refreshing 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

Cardamom Flavor in Tea
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

Kneaded Dough
Kneaded Dough

For preventing dough from dry crust, cover the kneaded dough with a wet cotton cloth.

50. Baking Substitutes

Baking Substitutes
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!

3 comments:

  1. Awesome post you have here. A very helpful one. Thanks for sharing! I'd like to share LPG cylinder I'm using. I'm sure this will help you in the kitchen.

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