Do not use soda to keep vegetables green. It destroys Vitamin C.
Old wives' tales? Maybe. Lower uncooked eggs into a bowl of water. If the egg settles horizontally, the egg is fresh enough for human consumption. If it settles vertically, feed it to the dog. If it rises to the top, feed it to the hydrangeas
Storing Baked Goods
Wait until cookies have completely cooled -- then store them in tightly covered containers. Do not store crisp and soft cookies together -- the crisp ones will soften.
Freeze baked cookies for months of ready-made snacks. Cooled cookies, double-wrapped in plastic sheets or plastic storage bags will last up to 3 months. To thaw, remove cookies from freezer, unwrap and place them in a single layer on wire racks for 15 to 30 minutes. Store uneaten cookies in a tightly covered container.
Cauliflower cooked in an aluminum pot will darken. Use a different kind of pot and add a little sugar, lemon peel or vinegar to the cooking water to keep cauliflower white.
- To make 1 cup of dal, add atleast 2-3 cups of water, depending on the type of dal.
- Soak whole pulses overnight and other dals for one hour before cooking.
- Always add hot water to the gravy to enhance the taste.
- Add 1 Tbsp of hot oil to the dough for making Kachories or Kulchas.
- Always use heavy bottomed vessels to make desserts, in order to avoid burning.
- Make desserts with full cream milk, to get thick creamy texture.
- Whenever curd is to be added to the masala, it should be beaten well and add gradually.
- Chop some extra vegetables, for next day stir fry.
- Use the leftover dal water to make rasam or sambar.
- Never discard water in which vegetables are cooked, use it in gravies, soups, rasam or kolumbu.
- Onions and masala are fried in the cooker body itself, raw vegetables are added to that with enough salt and water. Cook under pressure according to the cooking time of the vegetable. This method helps us minimise our cooking time, use of utensils and nutrients are also preserved.
- If poppy seeds are used in grinding, soak it in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes, if you are grinding it in a mixie.
- While boiling milk, always add a little water at the base of the vessel to avoid the milk from sticking at the bottom.
- Add a tsp. of hot oil to homemade pastes of garlic, ginger or green chili, along with salt to make it last longer and taste fresher.
- Store raisins in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for much longer. Pour very hot water over them if they had harden, after that drain them immediately, and spread on a paper towel to dry. You can also leave a spoon in the vessel in which the milk is being boiled at low heat so that it does not get burnt at the bottom
- Add a few drops of lemon a tsp of oil to rice before boiling to separate each grain.
- Never discard the water in which vegetables are cooked, use it in gravies or soups.
- Put tomatoes in a large bowl and cover with boiling water Leave it for about 5 minutes. Take out one by one, piercing them with a sharp knife, the skin will peel off easily.
- Immediately after boiling noodles put them in normal cold water to separate them each.
- If you forget to soak chana/Rajma overnight. Just soak the chana/Rajma in the boiling water for an hour before cooking.
- Curd in winter - Set in a ceramic container and place it on the voltage stabilizer of your refrigerator.
- Potatoes soaked in salt water for 20 minutes will bake more rapidly.
- Roasting is a dry heat method of cooking - it does not use water. The flavors roasting draws forth result from the process of browning. As the surface of the meat browns, and its juices and fats drip down and brown on the surface of the hot roasting pan, it adds to the flavour of the meat.
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