Saturday, October 25, 2014

20 Kitchen tips to save you time and money

1. Keep onions and garlic in ventilated paper bags
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Keeping onions and garlic cloves in ventilated bag will keep them fresh and free of mold for 2-3 months longer.
2. Fix stale chips and crackers in the microwave
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Don’t throw away stale chips or crackers. Instead – put them in the microwave, but be sure to consume them quickly after, since the staling process accelerates once they cool down.
3. Turn a finished jar of spreadable chocolate into hot coco
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
That “empty” jar of Nutella is not really empty, is it? Those leftover bits of delicious chocolaty goodness can be turned into amazing chocolate milk with ease – simply pour hot milk into the spent jar, close the lid and give it a good shake until the residue all mixes with the milk, then pour in a glass and enjoy!
4. Store pineapples upside-down
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Ever bought a fresh pineapple and cut it up, only to discover that the top is deliciously sweet, but the bottom is very tart? This happens because naturally, the ripening process begins at the top of the pineapple and slowly moves down. To get the pineapple to ripen faster and be fully sweet, cut off the leafy part and store it upside down, the sugars will travel from the old top to the “new” top and hasten the ripening, leaving you with a sweet and delicious pineapple quickly.
5.Store apples with potatoes
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Apples produce Ethylene gas, which is effective at preventing the potatoes from sprouting.
6. Wrap celery and broccoli in aluminum foil
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Wrapping celery and broccoli in aluminum foil and keeping it as airtight as possible can preserve them for up to a month. The reason is that fresh celery/broccoli has the right amount of moisture inside, and by keeping it in the airtight foil, it keeps it fresh and crisp for longer.
7. Store lettuce with a paper towel
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
When it comes to lettuce, as opposed to the celery, moisture is the enemy. Keeping it in a sealed bag with a paper towel will keep moisture away from lettuce, leaving it crisp and delicious.
8. Store natural nut spread upside down
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
The common way to store natural nut spread leads to the natural oils in the nuts to float upwards, leaving the bottom hard and drier. By flipping the container for a couple of days, you help the oils return to the whole of the spread, making stirring much easier and helping you avoid that terrible, hard bottom layer.
9. Avoid empty spaces in the fridge
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Every time you open the fridge door, you let the cool air inside seep out, while allowing the warmer room temperature to get in. This forces the fridge to work harder to restore the temperature and can lead to fungus and bacteria to propagate faster (the cold temperature slows this process down considerably). If your fridge isn’t full, keep a few containers full of water in the empty spaces. Water cools down slower than air, helping maintain the surrounding ambient temperature down.
10. Turn leftover mayo into salad dressing
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Every time you finish a jar of mayo, don’t throw it away. The leftover mayo in the jar that you can’t be bothered to scrape out can be turned into fantastic salad dressing: pour in some olive oil, vinegar, and add your choice of herbs, then shake it until the residue is all mixed with the liquids, leaving you with an easy, delicious and free dressing.
11. Before you squeeze citrus, microwave it for 15 seconds
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
It might sound weird, but warm fruit releases juice more easily than a cold one.
12. Wrap banana crowns in cling-film
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Bananas release Ethylene gas, similarly to apples. The only problem with that, is that it hastens ripening and then – rotting. Once harvested, this process begins and cannot be stopped. You can, however, slow it down by wrapping the crowns in cling-film, minimizing the amount of ethylene released. (For even better results, separate all the bananas from the bunch and wrap each crown individually)
13. Fertilize potted plants with spent coffee grounds
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Used coffee grounds are still rich in nutrients, making them wonderful fertilizer for potted plants, and their acidity also helps to keep snails and slugs away. You can sprinkle the grounds on the soil, mix it in the first 2 inches or brew it a-little, and pour the concoction into the flower-pot.
14. Use huggers to preserve cut fruits and veggies 
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Cut vegetables and fruit rot faster due to the exposure to air. Use the huggers to keep them fresh for longer.
15. Make ready-for-use herbal butter
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Chop fresh herbs and place them in an ice tray, then fill with melted butter or oil. This will prevent the herbs from spoiling and give you individual portions of your choice of herb-butter! YUM!
16. Regrow leftovers
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
The bottom of various green leafy veggies can be regrown. Celery, green onions, lettuce and more can be regrown from the leftover bottoms, using a small container and keeping them watered.
17. Leftover cheese wrappers can be used for storage
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Cut the first part of the cheese along with the wrapper, remove the cheese and use the wrapper to seal the rest of the cheese. No more dry ends on your cheese!
18. Get all the mango while keeping your hands clean
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Cut the mango in halves, grab a glass and use it as a scooper to separate the flesh from the skin. No more wasting mango or getting your hands sticky!
19. Keep your avocado with an onion
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
The sulfur in the onion fumes will prevent the avocado from oxidizing and turning brown. A splash of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice will work similarly.
20. Make leftover pizza crispy again
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
There are 2 ways to get that leftover pizza crispy again: Put it in a skillet and let the oil in the crust return it into crispy goodness. Alternatively, put it in the microwave with a glass of water. While it’s not as efficient, it’s faster…


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Almond/ badam barfi

Ingredients

almonds  2 cups
sugar  2 cups
saffron few strands
warm milk 2 tbsp
ghee 2 tbsp

Method
soak saffron in warm milk
soak almonds in hot water for an hour, peel and grind the almonds to a fine paste adding sugar and milk
put the mixture in a thick kadai/ wok, keep stirring on medium flame continuously till it thickens
add ghee 1 tbsp, keep stirring, till it leaves the sides of the pan, in case you find it difficult to stir, add rest of the ghee and keep stirring till it leaves the sides.
to test if it is ready, if you take small portion of the mass, you'ld be able to roll it without it sticking to your hand, if it sticks, it means, you've to stir for some more time

pour into a greased plate, level it, cut into desired shape, once cool, remove and store in a clean and dry air-tight container.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Easy, healthy green moong dal with paneer

 Ingredients
green moong dal as required soak for a couple of hours in hot water ( if you take 1/2 glass, after soaking it increases almost double)
coconut 1/2-  3/4 cup grated
green/ red chillies to taste
jeera/ cumin  1/2 tsp
oil  1 tsp
paneer cubes 1 cup
salt to taste

Method
pressure cook the dal for 3-4 whistles or till soft
grind coconut and chillies to a smooth paste adding water
in a pan, add oil, add jeera, once it splutters, add the ground coconut and roughly 2 glasses water, let it boil for a minute, add paneer, let it boil for a minute, then add the cooked dal, add salt to taste
let it simmer covered for 5 minutes
serve hot with roti/naan/ bread
this with such few ingredients tasted so well, that was a big hit with the family, even hubby loved it and said it tasted very good, as normally such comment doesn't come.


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sour Apple spread/ pickle

Ingredients

sour apples peeled and chopped small  2 bowls
salt 3 tsp heaped
asafoetida  little
turmeric pdr.  1/4 tsp
red chilli pdr.  2 tsp heaped
oil 4 tbsp
mustard seeds  1/2 tsp

Method

in a heavy / non-stick pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds, once it crackles, add hing, turmeric and chilli pdr, add chopped apples, salt, mix well, keep in low flame, covered
after 3-4 minutes, stir well. cover again and keep, thus keep stirring every 3-4 minutes, till the whole mass thickens and you can see little bit of oil floating on top, then on low flame keep for another minute uncovered, stir well. remove, cool thoroughly, then bottle.

I made this, this evening, we had with stuffed paranthas, my hubby who is normally fussy for such unusual flavour also liked it ! This will go well with bread too. Or you can mix with hot rice and have with roasted papad or chips !

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

12 Ways to Save Your Extra Food

Food is one of the easiest expenses to forget all about, especially because we waste so much of it. On the other hand, it's hard to buy the exact right amount you need, so who can blame us? But there are ways to waste less on food and reuse it instead of just throwing it away. 

1. Reusing Green onions
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

It may sound strange but this is true. Green onions can grow back when you save their white roots. How? Just cut off the green leave and put the white ends in a cup of water. Put the cup on a sunny window seal. The onions will start growing almost immediately, and you will be able to harvest the green leaves almost indefinitely. 

From time to time empty the water, rinse the roots and return them to a cup of fresh water.


2. Reusing Ground Coffee 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

Ground, used or dried coffee can be used to solve a lot of situations, so before you throw it to the floor, you can:

- Use it as an ant repellant by spreading it a little where ant groups can be found.

- For skin peeling, you can massage coffee grains on your face and rinse.

- To fertilize plants, you can spread ground coffee on acidic earth

- To neutralize bad odors from the freezer, put a bowl of ground coffee (you can add a few drops of vanilla extract).

- To remove scents of foods from your hands, we recommend rubbing them together with ground coffee and then washing.

- To get fleas away from your dog, wash him, then rub ground coffee on his fur, and then wash him again. 

3. Peels vs. Insects 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

While the citrus fruit gives the body essential vitamins, its peel is also quite useful. It helps keep away flying insects and ants, as well as neutralize bad moldy smells. Use a scraped peel to rub on surfaces that attract a lot of flying insects or ants.

Another option is to the peels in a blender, add a glass of water and grind until getting a smooth mixture. Then, pour the liquid on ant hills or on the entrance to the house. To get rid of moldy smells, put an orange peel in a cloth bag and hang it in old closets. You can also throw a citrus fruit peel in the trash compactor to get rid of bad odors. 

4. Ripe Banana to Bake 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
Banana which are too ripe may not be good for eating, but they can become delicious banana bread. So instead of throwing them away, make a terrific and delicious dessert.

You will need:
2 cups of flour / 1 spoon of drinking soda / 1/4 spoon of salt/ 1/2 a glass of softened butter / 3/4 a cup of brown sugar / 2 scrambled eggs and 2 cups of squished ripe bananas.

Instructions:
Pre-heat the oven to 175 C and oil an English cake baking mold. In a big bowl, mix: Flour, drinking soda and salt. In a different bowl you mix: Cream, butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs and the squished bananas to the wet ingredients bowl and mix well. Add the banana mix to the wet ingredient bowl and mix well.

Add the banana mix to the flour mix and stir well until getting a uniform mix. Spill it to a mold and put in the pre-heated oven for 60 minutes. Let the banana bread cool for 10 minutes, and then serve. 

5. From Dry Munchies to Crunchy Munchies 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
Snacks such as potato chips or crackers are expensive and can take a big bite out of your budget over time, and so it can be quite annoying when a big bag of chips or crackers gets too dry after only a few days. However, instead of throwing them away, put them in the microwave for 10 seconds. They will make a short trip back in time to a higher level of crunchiness

Another option is to preheat an oven or toaster-oven to 200 degrees C, put the crackers or chips on baking paper (one layer) and heat for 1-2 minutes. 

Carefully, take them out of the oven when they begin to get golden, and the crunchiness shall return. 

Please note: The freshness cannot be returned to crackers or chips who have begun to give a bad odor, are moldy or hardly have any taste. 


6. Crumbs Will Do! 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
A moment before you throw away bags of pretzels, croutons, cereal, crackers or other snacks that have crumbs - collect the crumbs in one big plastic bag and crush the crumbs with a rolling pin. Then you can use them to dress up other courses or freeze them in big chunks and then cook slightly for resurrected snacking. 

7. From Old Bread to Croutons 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

Don't throw away old bread! You can dice it, fry it with butter and make delicious croutons for your salad or soup. HOW?

Dice the dry bread. If it is a bit too dry, put it on a baking pan and warm it for about 10 minutes until the surface becomes very dry. Put a pan on a medium to high fire and melt a little butter. Put the bread dices in the pan and mix until all the sides begin to turn brown. When the bread has been toasted, remove from the fire. If you do not plan on using the croutons right away, let them cool and only then put them in storage. 

8. Dry Rice for Drying 
Ways to Save Your Extra Food


If you have encountered an old bag of rice and you're worried it's no longer good enough to eat, don't throw it away. Instead, next time something gets wet (like your phone, for instance) put the rice in a bowl and the wet object on the rice. The rice will drain the liquids from the object. So if it is your cell phone, for example, wait 24 hours and then turn it back on.
 

9. Defunking that dish sponge
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

If you need to clean and you are out of good sponges, just put that old funky one in the microwave for 2 minutes. It will look much cleaner after 99% of its germs have been killed, and will be almost good as new. 

CAREFUL! Do NOT put any sponges that have any metal fibers in them, as no metal can be put inside a microwave!

10. Getting More from Your Lemon
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
If you need to add just a few drops of lemon to a recipe, don't cut it in half. Instead, prick it with a tooth pick and gently squeeze out the amount you need. Cover the hole with a little tape or paper and put the lemon back in the fridge to be used again later.

11. Oiled Eggs for Extra Freshness
Ways to Save Your Extra Food
To prolong the life of fresh eggs, dip a paper towel in plant oil and gently rub the egg shells before putting them in the fridge for storage. The oil will keep those eggs fresh for another 3-4 weeks.

12. Too Many Potatoes? Not a Bad Thing!
Ways to Save Your Extra Food

You peeled too many potatoes or sweet potatoes? Don't throw out the extra ones or cook too much. Just take the uncooked ones, put them in a bowl with cold water, add a few drops of vinegar and put in the fridge. The potatoes will last like this for another 3-4 days.
 
 
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Microwave less fat and healthy badam-besan barfi

Ingredients
besan  1 1/2 cups
sugar  3 cups or less
ghee  2 tbsp
almond butter  1 cup
water  1/2 cup

Method
in a non-stick pan, melt ghee and fry besan well,stirring continuously till a nice aroma comes
remove from fire, transfer to a microwaveable safe dish
add sugar, almond butter, water, mix well
keep on micro high for 10 minutes, stirring in between every 2 minutes
at last you'll see nice bubbles coming up
at this stage, pour it into a nicely greased plate, it may look thin
after 5 minutes, cut into desired shapes, before it hardens
once it hardens and has cooled, take it out and store in an air-tight container

Actually, both daughter and self found it to be a bit too sweet, so those who don't have such sweet tooth, can reduce the amount of sugar to about 2 1/2 cups

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Ribbon pakodam without the pakodam press !

Right now staying in US, daughter wanted pakodam, but her press to make it is missing, so no problem, I made the same by making the dough almost like roti dough, rolled it flat, then cut into strips and deep fried as usual. Not bad for shapes or taste !

Ingredients
rice flour   3 cups
besan  1 cup
salt and chilli pdr. to taste
hing little
ghee about 3 tbsp
water to mix
oil for frying

Method
in a big bowl, mix the flours, salt, chilli pdr. hing well, add ghee, mix well
then add water to make a soft pliable dough like for roti
 take a big sweet lemon size dough , roll it thin on a plastic sheet
then cut into thin strips, cut horizontally also
heat oil, once hot, put the strips in oil and deep fry till brown and crisp
cool well, then store in an air-tight container.

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