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 Here are some special tips to make your work interesting and comfortable.

  • 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.


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