Cooking Tips and Recipes

August 21, 2010

Keep Bread Fresh Longer

Have you are in trouble of keeping bread fresh as you purchase it from store? If yes then here is solution of your problem. The tips I am going to share with all of you can also help you in keeping home made bread fresh longer. Typically home made bread stale fast than bread purchased from bakery. Go through the following lines for better solution of your problem:

  • If you brought freshly baked bread or baked it by yourself, cool finely it before storing. If you will wrap it too soon, it will be soggy and cause condensation.
  • Use paper or sealed plastic bags and airtight bread boxes to store the bread for weeks.
  • Keeping bread in room refrigerator is better way to prevent it being soggy.
  • If you will refrigerate bread, it will be safe from fungi but will stale more quickly.
  • Wrap the bread loaf in foil paper as it will also keep it fresh for many days.
  • Thaw the frozen bread before eating in room temperature.
  • Re-heat the bread before using after taking out from refrigerator.

Follow the tips given above and enjoy bread for dinner, breakfast and make sandwiches for lunch boxes.

August 17, 2010

Amazing Uses of Salt

Humans have been using salt from the centuries in their cooking and food. Natural salt is packed with thousands of benefits and we will share with you some of them. Lets see the amazing uses of salt in our lives:

  • Sprinkling salt on your shelves will keep the ants away.
  • Add salt in green salad to keep away from wilting.
  • When you boil eggs, add pinch of salt in water to keep the eggs safe from cracking.
  • Discolored coffee pots can be washed and cleaned with the help of salt.
  • Rub salt on iron’s ironing surface and have it clean and shiny.
  • Piano keys can be cleaned with mixture of salt and lemon juice.
  • If your eyes are sour, use water mixed with salt, it will better relief you.
  • Salt is also a good tooth polisher, use it when brushing your teeth.
  • Lawn weeds can be killed with salt.
  • Salt dash enhances the taste of tea.
  • Makeup sponges can be freshening dipping in salty water.
  • Fabric colors remain fast if washed in salty water.
  • Fruits will not discolor if dip in salty water.
  • Add pinch of salt in milk to keep it fresh longer.
  • Glass utensils can be better cleaned with mixture of vinegar and salt in the water.
  • Kerosene products of your home can be cleaned with salt; they will be shinier than before.
  • Salt can also be used to test rotten eggs.

Benefits and uses of salt are endless but here we describe some of them to make you aware from this natural blessing of God. Salt should be every time in our homes to use for variety of purposes.

June 30, 2010

Some Great Tips for Salad Decoration

Salad is high nutrition food and can be presented as side dish with meal or as an entire meal depending on your choice. Salad decoration is also very important and gives your dinning table a gorgeous and fresh look. Here are some tips for salad decoration that you will feel very convenient while preparing fruit and vegetable salad.

  • Use glass decorative bowls and wooden bowls to serve the salad in more impressive way.
  • Cut fruits and vegetables in same size and steam them for few minutes. Add mayonnaise to make delicious salad.
  • Mixed salad of fruit and vegetables is not only seemed to be beautiful but also served to guests.
  • All the salad ingredients should be chilled before using. If you have cut vegetables and fruit before time, keep them in cold water to maintain their freshness.
  • Salad ingredients should be of varying colors. Vegetables and fruits of red, green and yellow colors can be used in this regard.
  • Dressing of salad should be done in proper way. Although dressing does not affect the look and appearance of salad but it adds good taste in the salad.
  • Presentation of salad is also very important and you must be creative regarding preparation and presentation of salad.
  • Grain food like peas, beans and grams can also be used in salad decoration and preparation.
  • Boiled chicken can also be used with combination of fruit, vegetables and grain foods.
  • Noodles and macaronis are also used in salad preparation.
  • If you want to keep salad fresh or glowing, sprinkle some drops of lemon juice or vinegar on salad.
  • Sea food and boiled eggs are also used to make beautiful and delicious salad as a whole meal.

Follow these tips and enhance the beauty of your dining table and obviously taste of your meal.

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June 23, 2010

Amazing Kitchen Tips

Here are some tips for you to work with kitchen. These tips are amazing and you will feel the difference and have good time in kitchen after applying them. These tips are approved several times and you don’t need to worry regarding outcomes and results of these tips.

Have a look on them:

  • Your hands become smelly after chopping onion, garlic and ginger. In order to remove this smell from your hands, rub them on stainless steel spoon and smell will b no more.
  • Always avoid keeping citrus fruits and tomatoes in fridge.
  • If gravy is burned during cooking, just transfer it to clear and clean pan and continue cooking.
  • To avoid sticky airtight jars, put 1 pinch of salt in them.
  • If rice has burned and got smell, just keep piece of white bread on the top of rice almost for 5-10 minutes. It will draw burned flavor from rice.
  • Rub some cooking oil on your hands before cutting chili peppers. This will escape your hands form observing chili oil.
  • Put an apple in potato bags to prevent them budding.
  • Use water for plants in which you have boiled pasta and potatoes as this water contains nutrition that plants require.
  • Whenever you have to defrost meat put some drops of vinegar on it. this will help quick tenderize the meat.
  • Clean your silver utensils with toothpaste.
  • Whenever you burned yourself during cooking just spread some mustard powder on burned area.
  • To remove fruit stains from your hands, rub them on fresh peeled potatoes.

These tips will be very helpful for you while working in kitchen.

May 18, 2010

Soften Hard Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is one of most important kitchen items that are used in cooking daily. Brown sugar got hard often and become rocks. This thing creates problems to use the adequate amount of sugar in certain cooking. To keep soften hard brown sugar we brought some useful tips for you from which you can keep brown sugar soft and fresh.

These tips include:

  • Brown sugar should be place in airtight jar with piece of bread on its top for overnight. By this method brown sugar will be soft and fresh and you can use it anytime. If this method is not effective in one trial, try it for another day.
  • If brown sugar has got hardness or become rocks, sprinkle some drops of water on the hardened sugar and keep it for two days. This method is also better in removing hardness of brown sugar.
  • Place brown sugar in an open container and spread a wet or moisturized piece of cloth over it and let it sit for overnight.
  • Put some slices of apple in the jar of brown sugar. Hardness of brown sugar will be removed by this method. Put out the apple slices when sugar got softness.
  • Put brown sugar in a bowl and put it in microwave and keep a bowl full of water besides it. Brown sugar will soften.
  • Keeping a clay disc in the jar of brown sugar will also helps to keep it fresh and soft.

By following these tips you can enjoy your soft and fresh brown sugar without any tensions.

April 1, 2010

How to Make Pickle?

Pickle is one of side dishes that are kept in dinning table along with main dishes to enhance the taste of food. Pickle is mostly used with different grains and often prepared in home by grandmothers. Variety of vegetables is used in the preparation of pickle. Sometimes pickle is made of combination of different vegetables and sometimes people prefer to make pickle of different vegetables separately. Special spices are used to make pickle and they include sonf, zeera, methi dana, kalwanji, red chilli powder, salt, vinegar and mustard oil.

Here I will give you recipe of pickle of different vegetables as ripe mango, radish, lemon, green chilies, carrot and olives.

  • Cut mango in long thin strips after peeling and taking out their seeds. Wash them and then dry far from sun.
  • Cut lemons in two pieces from centre. Make a cut on green chilies but keep them whole and fill with salt.
  • Also cut radish and carrot in long strips about 1 and half inches.
  • Boil the radish and carrot separately for 1 hour till they tender lightly.
  • Sauté green chilies in mustered oil for some minutes.
  • Take a large bowl and mix all the spices and little amount of mustered powder and mix finely. Then add all the vegetables in that mixed spices and mix altogether.
  • Take a large cleaned jar and put that mixture of vegetables and spices in it.
  • Also add some vinegar in it.
  • After 2 or 3 days add some mustered oil in the pickle.
  • Keep checking pickle everyday and stir it lightly.
  • After one week mixed vegetable pickle is ready. Serve it to enjoy your food.

Above is the common method to make pickle.

March 26, 2010

Keep Vegetables Fresh Longer

It is a common problem for household ladies to keep the vegetables fresh for long time and they are always in search of some useful tricks to preserve the vegetables. I bring the solution of this problem for you, follow the tips given below and enjoy fresh vegetables.

  • Combine and group the vegetables that can be stored with same way. For instance, green onions, lettuce, Spanish and other vegetables of green leaves can be stored combined. They require low humidity temperature and can be kept in the same portion of refrigerator.
  • Green vegetables should kept with their leaves and cut the leaves when you start cooking
  • Keep inspecting the stored vegetables and if they are getting spoiled separate them frequently.
  • them. Also keep moist paper in the plastic bag in which you keep green vegetables.
  • Avoid washing vegetables before storing them. Only wash them when you have to use them as washing will susceptible to produce bacteria in vegetables.
  • Root vegetables should be kept in fridge after packing in plastic bag. Cut off the leafy top of the vegetables as carrot, radish, beets and turnips etc. keep some holes in plastic bag as this will allow the air goes through drying moisture of the vegetables. Usually root vegetables can be stored for two weeks.
  • Keep mushrooms in brown paper bag and avoid using plastic bag for this purpose.
  • Potatoes should be stored in dry and cool environment and put an apple to keep the potatoes maintain their taste and freshness. In this way potatoes will not root quickly.
  • Keep garlic and onion in such environment from which air travel as they can smell if they are packed. Darker space is better for onion and garlic. Use hanging basket in this regard.
  • Tomatoes should be kept away from sunlight and in room temperature. Remember that tomatoes can be stored for 3-4 days only. However tomatoes can be kept in refrigerator by cutting them in slices for several days.

How long you can keep vegetables

  • Beans, cauliflower, cucumbers, leafy greens, leeks, lettuce, peppers, scallions and summer squash, for 1 week.
  • Root vegetables like beets, carrots, parsnips, radishes and turnips, for 2 weeks.
  • Parsnips and rutabagas, for 3 weeks.

Follow the tips mentioned above regarding care and keeping vegetables fresh for long time.

March 24, 2010

Oven Cleaning

Cleaning kitchen or other kitchen accessories is part of cooking and it should be done on regular basis for health safety of whole family. You oven is most important part of your kitchen as almost all food items passes through oven so it should be clean and free from germs.

Here are some tips regarding deep oven cleaning of your kitchen:

  1. First of all identify the type of your oven and remember that some ovens are made in such system that they clean automatically.
  2. Don’t use any type of chemical for oven or other kitchen appliances cleaning as it can be harmful for them.
  3. Remove the recent stains of liquids with the help of hot water and cloth sponge.
  4. For oven cleaning, lots of products are available. Choose the right one and use according to the instructions given by the manufacturer.
  5. Before cleaning remove the racks and inside accessories of oven.
  6. Also unplug the oven before starting cleaning of oven.
  7. A solution mixed with 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp vinegar and 2 cups hot water will be better enough to clean and shine your oven.
  8. A paste of baking soda and water will also clean coffee stains from your oven.
  9. To wash the oven grill use dishwashing detergent and tap water.

10.  Try to be regular in cleaning you kitchen oven to keep it effective and doing its work properly.

March 6, 2010

Learn Proper Care of Refrigerator

When fridge is left off after emptying it for several days, there comes messy smell from it that is always unpleasant. Sometimes it also happens that fridge smells when we keep some food items in it that have odor or sharp smell like melon, mangoes and apples etc. It seems very unpleasant when someone opens the refrigerator and gets struck by bad smell. To get rid of this annoying problem is very difficult. It is hopped that the tips and suggestions given below will work much in this regard:

  • Keep a simple paper on the shelf of fridge and put an unburned coal on it. In this way your fridge will not give unpleasant smell any more.
  • If you put coal in your freezer, it would be better and your food items will not give smell that makes you feel unpleasant.
  • For odor control, you can also use this way as take 2 tbsp of baking soda and mix it in warm water, then clean the inside of fridge with it.
  • Putting a box of backing soda in the refrigerator will also solve this problem.
  • When ice trays freeze in the refrigerator, sometimes it become hard to scratch them. If you put plastic mats under ice trays, they can be scratched easily and your fridge will remain safe from the use of knife and other pointed things that can be harmful for the refrigerator.
  • To avoid the ice collection in your refrigerator, keep a piece of foam in fridge and frequently suck the water fallen in the freezer when you put water in freezer for ice.
  • Always switch off the plug of your refrigerator before cleaning it.

All these tips are proved many times and you can take advantage from these tips regarding proper care and cleanliness of your refrigerator.

February 19, 2010

Make Omelet Beautiful

Here are some tips for making omelet more beautiful and good looking:

  • Put1 tsp milk in the mixture of egg and other ingredients and beat it finely. Omelet will look very beautiful by doing so.
  • Always use non stick pan for cooking omelet.
  • Mix all the spices with the help of milk before adding eggs in that mixture.
  • Don’t cook the omelet on high heat as it will burn the proteins of eggs.
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