17-07-2017 Be A Kitchen Magician

17 July 2017

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Practical Living

1) Keep rice fresh

If you store your rice in airtight jars, it will keep for a couple of years.

2) High or low-grade oil?

Olive oil comes in several grades with extra-virgin being the tastiest but most expensive. Save money by reserving that for salads and other cold uses. In cooking, you lose some of the flavours anyway so you might as well start with a cheaper variety. You can also save money by making your own nonstick cooking spray. Just put your olive oil into a spray bottle.

3) Put a stop to unsavoury smells

To keep onion and cabbage odours from spreading through the house, simply boil a cup of vinegar in a saucepan at the same time they are cooking. Remove the onion smell from a pot with a tablespoon of vinegar in hot water.

4) Banish the smell of icky veggies

Simmering a small pot of vinegar on a spare burner will help get rid of ugly odours from cooking certain vegetables such as the Malaysian infamous but deliciousPetai.

5) Protect iron skillets from rust

Iron skillets are so durable they often become heirlooms, handed down through generations. The one thing that might destroy their beauty and durability is rust. To prevent this, rub your skillets with wax paper inside and out. This puts a thin layer of wax on the skillet that keeps air from interacting with the metal and moisture. If you store iron cookware stacked inside each other, separate them with pieces of wax paper.

6) A sticky solution

To cut sticky foods, like dates or figs, more easily, dip the knife in cold water frequently. Or use a pair of clean scissors. Just rub butter on the blades before cutting marshmallows or fruit, and the food won’t stick.

7) Shine stainless steel

Make those pots and pans brighter, both inside and out. Just rub them with lemon juice on a cloth. Out of lemon juice? Vinegar works just as well.

8) Make measuring easier

Reading the measurements on a set of white plastic measuring cups can be difficult. To make it easier, paint over the numbers with red nail polish. When it dries, scrape the nail polish off the raised measurements. The background will be red and the numbers white. Now you will be able to tell at a glance if you have two-thirds or three-quarters of a cup.

9) Make a disposable funnel

Cut off the pouring end of a clean two-liter bottle and you have a great funnel for messy jobs in your kitchen or garage. When you are through, just toss it away.

10) Use utensils twice

When cooking, measure dry ingredients first, then liquid ingredients in the same measuring cup or spoon. This strategy will speed your cleanup.