Cooking Tips Part 2

Continuation of cooking tips from previous page:
  • Bunches of mint stored in a glass of water will keep fresh for 2 – 7 days. Mint can also be stored in the refrigerator, dry, wrapped in a plastic bag for a week.
  • Choose onions that feel dry and solid all over, with no soft spots or sprouts. The neck should be tightly closed and the outer skin should have a crackly feel and a shiny appearance.
  • Onions should be kept in a cool, dry open space away from bright light and never place onions near potatoes because potatoes give off moisture and produce a gas that causes onions to spoil more quickly.
  • Onions varies from three different color- yellow,red and white. Yellow onions can be used for any type of cooking as they full-flavored. The red onion are ideal for grilling and char broiling and can be used in salads whereas white onions are the traditional onion used in classic Mexican cuisine. They have a golden color and sweet flavor when sauteed.
  • Place a piece of bread on the knife tip to absorb the fumes; chew gum while peeling and slicing onions or cut the root off last to prevent you from shield tear while cutting them.
  • When buying okra, look for tender pods under 4 1/2 inches long, with tips that will bend under slight pressure. They should be bright green and free from blemishes.
  • Store olive oil in a cool dark place for up to 6 months, or refrigerated for up to one year. Refrigerated olive oil will become thick and cloudy, but will return to normal at room temperature.
  • The easiest way to peel pearl onions is to put them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them, let them sit for 2 minutes, drain and cool in cold water. Trim the root ends and slip the skins off.
  • Potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color.
  • Never stir rice while it cooks because it will crush the rice grains, releasing starch, and make the rice gummy.
  • Salt and soda water will clean and sweeten the inside of your refrigerator. It won't scratch enamel either.
  • Select high quality, fresh shrimp for freezing. Shrimp can be frozen cooked or raw, in or out of the shell. Freeze shrimp raw, with heads removed but shells still on. Be sure to wash and drain the shrimp if frozen.
  • Fresh spinach should be dried and packed loosely in a cellophane or plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator crisper. If stored properly, it should last 3 or 4 days.
  • When buying fresh seafood, buy only from reputable dealers who keep their products refrigerated or properly iced.Once you buy the seafood, immediately put it on ice, in the refrigerator, or in the freezer.
  • Don't buy cooked seafood, such as shrimp, crabs or smoked fish, if displayed in the same case as raw fish. Cross-contamination can occur.
  • A paste of salt and vinegar cleans tarnished brass or copper. a strong brine poured down the kitchen sink prevents grease from collecting and eliminates odors.
  • A thin paste of salt and salad oil removes white marks caused by hot dishes or water from wooden tables.
  • A dash of salt in laundry starch keeps the iron from sticking and gives linen and fine cottons a glossy, like-new finish.
  • Salt tossed on a grease fire on the stove or in the oven will smother flames.
  • Preventing mold - To prevent mold on cheese, wrap it in a cloth dampened with saltwater before refrigerating.
  • By adding a pinch of salt, cream will whip better and egg whites will beat faster and higher.
  • To eliminate cooking odors, boil a teaspoon of white vinegar in a cup of water.
  • White vinegar will remove many fruit, tea and coffee stains.
  • Adding either vinegar or lemon juice to water used for poaching eggs helps keep the eggs from spreading out.
  • When whipping cream the cream should be as cold as possible, and the bowl should also be very cold. The cream will whip easier and to a higher volume when very cold.
  • It is best to freeze unbaked yeast dough before the final rising period. Let it rise the first time, punch it down and shape into the desired shape and then freeze.
  • When you accidentally drop an egg on the floor- don;t panic just cover it with salt and leave it for some time. It will easily come off when you wipe the mess with a towel paper.
  • Boil a few tbsp of lemon juice mixed with water in micro-oven to remove burnt smell from burned dishes.


Deepthi Shankar said…
those are some handy tips for sure
Chitra said…
tips are really useful mam,thanks for sharing:)will implement from now:)