Cooking Tips and Recipes

August 19, 2010

Crockpot Cooking Tips

Crockpot cooking or slow cooking is one of amazing cooking facility that keeps you easy and free during cooking and also save your time. In this cooking method, you just have to fill up the slow cooker and keep it on flame. You can go for shopping or do something else during cooking. After 1 hour, your house will be filled with wonderful smell and meal will be ready to serve on the table. Here we will guide you regarding basic tips for Crockpot cooking.

  • If you want to cook vegetables, you should cook them on stovetop first then shift them to Crockpot to avoid extra moisture.
  • Also dry the liquid of ingredients like tomatoes, onions and others before adding in Crockpot.
  • Always use seasoning ingredients at the end of Crockpot cooking because heat of Crockpot changes the flavor of ingredients and spices.
  • Don’t lift the lid off and on because heat will waste and you have to add time for cooking.
  • Avoid putting liquid ingredients like milk, cream or sauces in the beginning of cooking in Crockpot.
  • Prepare meat and chop vegetable ahead of cooking time to be easier in Crockpot cooking, just put them in Crockpot and enjoy ready to eat meal.
  • All foods should be used after defrosting them in Crockpot.
  • It is also better for good cooking that temperature should be high in the start of cooking but later on low it.
  • 140 degrees F is considered the best for all type of cooking in Crockpot.

These tips will make you easier in cooking with amazing kitchen appliance Crockpot.

August 18, 2010

Cheese Sticks

Ingredients

  • Mozzarella cheese sticks 1 packet
  • Seasoned bread crumbs 1 ½ cup
  • Beaten eggs 2
  • Cornstarch 1/3 cup
  • Flour 2/3 cup
  • Garlic salt ½ tsp
  • Cooking oil for frying
  • Water ¼ cup

Recipe:

  • Take a small bowl and combine eggs and water.
  • Mix bread crumbs and garlic salt in another bowl.
  • Blend flour and cornstarch together.
  • Heat oil in a big sauce pan.
  • Take cheese sticks and roll in flour mixture then dip in eggs and again roll in the mixture of bread crumbs.
  • Deep fry till golden brown.
  • Crispy cheese sticks are ready to serve with chili sauce and ketchup.

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.

August 16, 2010

Rainbow Rice

Ingredients

  • Chicken meat ½ kg
  • Rice ½ kg
  • Carrot boiled as required
  • Green onion as required
  • Boiled grams as required

Recipe:

  • Divide rice in four portions.
  • Add boiled carrots in first portion and fry them.
  • Add green onion in second portion and also fry them.
  • Do as same with rice and chicken.
  • Same with rice and grams and keep them aside.
  • Take a large size plate and garnish its edges with grams and boiled beans.
  • Make layers of each portion of rice in attractive way.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and green chilies.
  • Serve hot.

August 13, 2010

Make Easy Dishes with Food Processor

Cooking in food processor is a versatile way of cooking and also very easy and fast. Some of food processor benefits include time saving and ability to reduce the stress that you have doing same things in kitchen with your hands. This great kitchen appliance can be used for several purposes like:

  • Grinding
  • Chopping
  • Slicing
  • Shredding

Vegetables, fruits, nuts and just any other type of food can be processed with this amazing appliance. It has made the lives of people very comfort in kitchen especially when there you have to prepare food in very short time. Here we will describe 10 dishes that you can easily make using food processor in your kitchen.

  1. Shredded salad can be easily made in food processor than doing this boring task with hands.
  2. Different types of soups can also be prepared frequently in food processor.
  3. It just takes 30 seconds to prepare pizza dough.
  4. Food processor is very helpful in making different types of dips and dressings that are used in salads and past dishes.
  5. You can prepare meat balls with food processor in just few minutes. Just put the material in food processor and blend it.
  6. Shredding cheese can also be prepared by food processor in more convenient.
  7. Salsa, garlic and parsley can also be chopped in food processor to use in different dishes.
  8. Nuts can be diced or copped to use for ice cream or topping for other dishes.
  9. It is amazing that you can make bread crumbs at home with the help of food processor.

Bring food processor to your home and see the amazing results of this amazing kitchen appliance. It will also add to value of your kitchen.

August 12, 2010

Toti Fruity Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • Rasberry jelly 1 packet
  • Corn flour 2 tsp
  • Bananas 2
  • Mangoes pieces 2
  • Cherries ½ cup
  • Fresh cream 1 cup
  • Sugar crushed 1 ½ cup
  • Vanilla ice cream

Recipe:

  • Prepare jelly according to the instructions given on the pack and keep for freezing.
  • Cook raspberries and sugar together in a wok.
  • When sugar mixed, remove from stove and let it cool.
  • Blend in blender well till mixture thick.
  • Make a paste of milk and corn flour and add in berry puri.
  • Cook on low flame till puri become thick and keep stirring.
  • Take long Sunday glasses and put jelly and mango pieces.
  • Add one scoop of vanilla ice cream on fruits.
  • Pour raspberry sauce over it.
  • Then pour fresh cream and dry fruits on it and serve chill.

August 11, 2010

Home Remedies for Back Pain

Backache is very common problem and also very painful. Bending forward or sideway is very difficult in this condition. Home remedy for subsiding back pain frequently and free form several side effects occur as a result of medication of backache. Here are useful remedies to reduce back pain that you can apply staying at home.

  • Keeping the body warm and eating hot food items is much better in case of backache.
  • Including garlic in daily diet is the best way to avoid back pain.
  • Make syrup of tulsi leaves and take twice in case of severe back pain.
  • Message the sour area of back with eucalyptus oil by yourself. It is also known as best remedy for backache. Mustard oil can also be used for messaging.
  • Ice can better reduce the back pain. Pack the ice cubes with your back for 20 minutes. Repeat the process for best results.
  • Keep exercising for backbone in your daily routine.
  • Lemon juice is one of useful home remedies for back pain. Juice of lemon should be taken with salt twice in a day for best results of back pain cure.
  • Using raw potatoes for back pain is very ancient home remedy. Potatoes should be used in te form of poultice.
  • Avoid sitting and keep standing in case of back pain will also give you relief from backache.

Hope you will find these home remedies best for back pain and will get frequent results after applying them.

August 10, 2010

Quick Recipe of Crispy Onion Rings

I found an amazing and quick recipe regarding snacks that can be served to kids and also for tea time serving. You will get best help in making spicy onion rings here and can also view the video of this recipe.


Ingredients

  • Spanish or sweet onions 2
  • Flour ½ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper 1 tsp
  • Baking powder ½ tsp
  • Egg 1
  • Milk optional
  • Cooking oil for deep frying

Steps:

  • Peel onion and cut into ¼ inch thick rings.
  • Separate the onion rings.
  • Take a bowl and mix flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, egg and milk if desired.
  • Make a thick mixture of all the ingredients.
  • Heat oil in a wok.
  • Dip onion rings into mixture and deep fry.
  • Fry until golden brown.
  • Serve with sour cream or ketchup.

August 9, 2010

Bread Rolls

Ingredients

  • Minced chicken 1 cup
  • Carrots chopped 2 tbsp
  • Cabbage chopped 2 tbsp
  • Chinese salt 1 tsp
  • Black pepper 1 tsp
  • Soya sauce as required
  • Salt as required
  • Corn flour as required
  • Bread as required
  • Cooking oil 2 tbsp

Steps:

  • Heat oil in a pan and fry minced chicken, carrots and cabbage finely.
  • Add black pepper, salt and soya sauce and keep aside.
  • Soak bread slices in water for 5 minutes after cutting their edges if required.
  • Flat them and put chicken mixture over them.
  • Roll them and paste corn flour on their edges.
  • Deep fry and serve with ketchup.

August 6, 2010

7 Don’ts after a Meal

Here is very useful information for you regarding what to avoid after eating a meal. Continue reading:

Don’t Smoke: Smoking after meal is very dangerous and increases the risk of cancer. Experts say that smoking after meal is equal to 10 cigarettes and badly affect the health.

Don’t Eat Fruits Immediately: Avoid eating fruits immediately after meal as it causes your stomach blotting with air. Better suggestion is that fruits should be eaten after 1-2 hours after eating meal.

Avoid Tea: Tea leaves contain acid. Tea makes the eaten food hard to digest so avoid taking tea immediately after meal.

Don’t Walk: This concept is absolutely wrong that walking 100 steps will keep you healthy and live long. Walking immediately after meal is very harmful for health and digestive system cannot absorb the nutrition from eaten food.

Don’t Sleep Immediately: If you sleep abruptly after eating meal, food intake will not properly digest and you will also feels some gas trouble. So sleep 2-3 hours after meal.

Avoid Bathing: bathing immediately will weaken the digestive system and stomach also. It is always forbidden from bathing after meal because it increases the flow of blood to hands, legs and feet and amount of blood in stomach decreases.

Don’t loose your Belt: Avoid loosing your belt after eating meal as it twists or blocks the intestine.

Hope you will like this information and will find it very beneficial to maintain your health.

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