Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Kitchen hygine

Kitchen is the one place where the food we intake is kept or prepared. Therefore, it is utmost important to maintain the hygiene of this room in particular.

A few tricks that can work magic in maintaining a clean kitchen would be
  • Its always good to clean your refrigerator once in a week this can keep you fridge good as new and would make it easy to clean.
  • Always place an open box of baking powder in you freezer and fridge to fight odour problem. Also used and dried green tea leaves can serve the purpose. 
  • A slice of lemon in your fridge can also help the odour problem in you refrigerator.
  • Always make sure that every nook and corner is accessible in your kitchen, this will help you clean kitchen better.
  • Always rub your cutting board with a slice of lemon at the end of the day and wash it with water to make it appear new for ever!
  • Always place your knife upside down for the water to drip off the tip and the handle doesn't come out eventually.
  • while washing your stove, always run your soapy scrubbers around the stove, generally and wait for a while for it to soak, then it would be easy to remove the stains.
Cooking related tips:

  • do place a piece of bread in your cookie jar or cake box to help it remain fresh for long!
  • add a tea-spoon ghee to cooked rice before removing from heat to add nice aroma to your rice.
  • Always, let the lemon come to the room temperature and then run them over the kitchen counter under pressure and then squeeze to get maximum lemon juice off it.
  • While boiling corn add a pinch of sugar to add sweetness to the corn.
  • To retain vegetables bright colour, immerse them in cold water after blanching them.
  • For long lasting red chillies, remove their stem while storing them.
  • If you love soft idlis, do not beat the batter before pouring them to the moulds.
  • If your dal ( split gram gravy) has become overly salty, just put in a raw potato into it and it absorbs the excessive saltiness and improves the taste.
  • keep your rolling pin in the freezer for a while before using them so that the dough doesn't stick to the rolling pin.
  • Always pressure cook the potatoes with their skin on for retaining nutrients.
  • Always pressure cook potatoes without cutting to avoid it from becoming squashy.
  • To avoid water from eyes while cutting onion. De-skin them and cut them in to halves and immerse them in cold water for about 10 to 15 minutes before slicing them.
  • to avoid smell of frying fish from spreading in the house, lit a candle near by the cooking vessel.
  • to keep your coriander leaves, parsley leaves etc freshened for long wrap them in wet paper before placing them in the fridge.
  • for onion to cook faster add a pinch of salt.
  • If you do not have garlic, add a pinch of hing or asafoetida to the dish.
  • If you do not have lemon, tamarind or tomato you can substitute it with each other.
  • If you don't have ketchup, add a pinch of sugar to the dish instead.

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