To remove the skin of almonds easily, soak them in hot water for 15-20 minutes.
Apply some lemon juice on the cut surface of the apple to avoid browning. They will look fresh for a longer time.
Use a knife dipped in hot water to smoothen the icing surface and sides. Repeat the action till the whole icing is smoothened.
Use a wooden board to chop. It will not blunt the knife. Don`t use a plastic board, small plastic pieces may go with the vegetables.
To bake potatoes crisp and brown, soak the peeled potatoes in hot water for a while, pat dry and pierce all over with a fork before placing them in hot fat along with the roast.
If curds have become too sour to eat as is, tie as above for 3-4 hours, add milk and use in raitas, curd rice, etc.
Place some soda bicarb open in a small shallow dish in the fridge. This will disallow odours of one dish mixing into another.
For soft Dosas, add some boiled rice to white gram and rice, while grinding.
Add a pinch of corn flour to the jar of salt to prevent it from getting damp.
Apply some oil on the sides of the vessel in which you boil milk, in order to avoid it from overflowing.
For thick cream, cover the milk vessel with a thin muslin cloth and refrigerate over night.
After extracting butter from milk cream, add a little milk or curd to the residue and boil. You will get soft 'Paneer'.
Garlic skin comes off easily if the garlic cloves are slightly warmed before peeling.
To keep paneer fresh for several days, wrap it in a blotting paper while storing in the refrigerator.
To prevent the growth of fungus in pickles, burn a small grain of asafoetida over a burning coal and invert the empty pickle jar for some time before putting pickles in the jar.
To keep the chillies fresh for a longer time, remove the stems before storing.
To preserve green peas, keep them in a polythene bag in the freezer.
To avoid crying, cut the onions into two parts and place them in water for 15 minutes before chopping them.
Potatoes will rot quickly if stored with onions.
Tamarind is an excellent polish for brass and copper items. Rub a slab of wet tamarind with some salt sprinkled on it on the object to be polished.
Add a pinch of turmeric powder to the oil before adding green vegetables. The vegetables will retain their greenness better even after cooking.
Place tomatoes in hot water for 5-7 minutes, before using for easier peeling and better taste in any recipe where tomatoes are required to be cooked.
Always add a tbsp. of oil to plenty of water while boiling pasta of any kind. It will keep them from sticking to each other.
Use minimal of wrappers, foils, etc. which they may litter or make messy if wrongly handled.