Notes & Tips

07  After cutting the potatoes place the pieces in water to avoid discoloration or browning. This happens due to carbohydrate reacting with the oxygen in the air. Discolored potato pieces are safe to eat. They change color while cooking, but do not soak them in water more than 2 hours the essential nutrients will be soluble in water.

1  Adding curry leaves before frying the fish will give a nice aroma and the fish will not stick to the frying pan.

Preserving curry leaves: Wash the curry leaves. Remove them from the main stem, but do not separate leaves from the subsidiary stems. Wash them gently, dry them in shade, and store in good paper towels. They will give the same flavor & crispiness.

006404cb-0860-4d6d-ab1f-efcb18067a02  Eggplant/brinjal/aubergine should be placed in cold water and a pinch of salt after cutting to avoid discoloration. When cooking/baking an eggplant in microwave or oven, make sure to puncture it with knife from bursting. Eggplant cooks very fast, so add them to curry/dish in the final 10 minutes of cooking. Overcooking may make the eggplant mushy.

red_cabbage When cooking red cabbage, add little vinegar or lemon juice to prevent the color loss.


dscn1430 If you freeze your herbs in olive oil, it will prevent them from browning and getting freezer burns.


slices03  Fish sticks and falls apart easily on the grill. The best way is to cook the fish on a layer of lemons. Not only does the fish soak up the citrus flavor of the lemons, but it keeps the fish in one piece and makes clean up easy.


how-to-store-lettuce-to-keep-it-fresh To keep lettuce fresh and crisp longer, put a paper towel on with the lettuce in a gallon size zip lock bag. It absorbs the moisture that causes the lettuce to wilt.


turn-lemon-into-its-own-seed-filtering-juicer_w1456 Roll Lemons before cutting & juicing. This bursts the tiny juice-filled cells in the lemon’s flesh, allowing more of the juice to be extracted.


pan-of-boiling-water-on-hot-burner-carolyn-franks Place a wooden spoon over boiling water to keep it from boiling over.


36-kitchen-tips-and-tricks-that-nobody-told-you-about24 When measuring sticky stuffs like honey or peanut butter, spray the measuring cups with a non-stick spray or make a quick coat with oil so that it slides right out.


41cfne77u4lIf the oil used for frying turns dark, add a teaspoon of white vinegar. Cover it with a lid and keep on slow flame. When the spluttering stops, remove the lid and strain the oil. The oil will be clear and clean, and can be re-used again.


baking-soda-arm-hammer-380x260 Add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to cold water when washing fresh vegetables. This removes the pesticides, wax, and dirt.

To determine if baking soda is active or not, just add one teaspoon of baking soda to 1/3 cup of hot water. If it bubbles up vigorously, then it is still active and will give good baking results.


garlic-with-parsley-leaves After peeling or using fresh garlic, rub your hands vigorously on stainless steel utensil for 30 seconds before washing your hands. It will remove the odor.


 To freeze bread, add a paper towel or napkin to the bread bag before freezing and leave it in the bag when defrosting. Bread will taste and feel as fresh as the day it was put in the freezer.