INFORMATION NIGERIA bring you 30 tips and tricks that can turn you into a kitchen expert.
1 To do away with the smell of cabbage, add a slice of bread while cooking it.
2 While sauteing onions, adding a bit of salt will enhance the cooking process.
3 To squeeze out more juice from lemons, first place them in warm water for 20 minutes or microwave them for 1 minute.
4 Place boiled potatoes in cold water to remove skin easily.
5 Wash your salad leaves with ice cold water to retain their crunchiness.
6 While making vegetables, add a pinch of sugar while frying spices in oil. This will give the veggie a richer look.
7 To make your eggs look yellow and not white from outside, shake them vigorously before boiling them.
8 Want to prevent milk and water from spilling over while boiling them? Place a long spoon in the vessel and the contents will never spill over.
9 Slice both ends of cucumber, apply a bit of salt on both sides and rub with the chopped head till froth appears. It is said to do away the bitterness of the vegetable.
10 Put chopped bitter gourd in salt water for at least 20 minutes before cooking it, to do away with the bitterness.
11 If you don’t have cornflour at home, substitute it with all purpose flour.
13 Always put aromatic spices like cardamom, cinnamon, mace and clove at the end of a recipe to retain the aroma of the spices.
14 While making a dish, cook ingredients in this order-onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, spices. It is based upon the time required in cooking them.
15 red chilli powder should be put in the end to retain the rich colour.
16 To remove the smell of onion and garlic from your hands, rub them against a stainless steel vessel or your steel sink.
17 To say whether eggs are fresh, put them in a bowl of water. The bad ones will float.
18 To prevent your cake from getting stale, stick bread slices on the cut area. You can do it with the help of toothpicks.
19 To get crystal clear ice, boil water before freezing it.
20 To prevent bananas from ripening quickly, cover their stem with a foil paper.
21 Make homemade fruit and vegetable wash by mixing 2 tbs each lemon juice and soda, in a cup of water.
22 To keep potatoes white, place them in a bowl of water after slicing them.
23 Store veggies in air tight plastics inside the refrigerator to prevent their drying up.
24 Dicing onions sans tears: Chewing gums while chopping onions prevent tears. If you wear contact leases, wear then while chopping onions. Also, keep the onions in water for a while before chopping them.
25 Peeling garlic: You don’t need to invest in an expensive garlic press, which is also mostly useless if you know these two tricks. Put the garlic in a jar and close its lid. Shake vigorously and you will be surprised to see that most of the skin gets removed in this process. You can also individually remove skin by rubbing the garlic clove against the kitchen slab and then peeling off the loose skin.
26 Excess salt: Have you put excess salt in your curry? Put two cups water and 2-3 boiled potatoes and allow it to simmer for two three minutes. In case you don’t want to dilute the curry, add bread crumbs. Alternately, you can also put a bread slice in the curry and remove it after it absorbs some amount of salt.
27 When wooden spoons and plastic lunch boxes don’t exactly look (or smell) like they used to, boil them in a pot of water with lemon juice and leave them lying in the sun to dry.
28 To make your electric kettle shine again, rub it with foil paper dipped in a mixture of lime, water and baking soda.
29 Use salt in cleaning your cast iron utensils to prevent rusting.
30 To retain the freshness of nuts, refrigerate them. It also keeps their vitamins and oils intact.