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Useful and Handy Cooking Tips

Yesterday I just mentioned on twitter that I am in a mood for some Cooking tips and a lot of people responded back saying that yes yes bring them on and than just like that I started tweeting with a hastag of #CookingTips. And than I was very touched by the response I got, people loved it and hence I thought why not post them on the blog too. Just for record sorts and also for everyone to refer later.

So here is what I tweeted

When frying butter u can prevent it from burning by adding a little (2-3 drops) of cooking oil to it #cookingtips

Simplest way to check the freshness of eggs is to dip in salted water. fresh egg will sink and the stale float #cookingtips

To measure honey & other sweet syrups use spoon dipped in hot water and they will not stick to the spoon #cookingtips

Have left over wine from a party, freeze it in ice trays and u can use in sauces and dips later. works very well #cookingtips

Hard Cheeses like Parmesan and cheddar stay fresh for long if u wrap them in a damp cloth dipped in beer 🙂 #cookingtips

while on cheese always replace the plastic cover u buy it in with parchment paper or butter paper before u store it #cookingtips

Shallots and garlic will peel easier if u pour hot water over them before u start peeling #cookingtips

To prevent your potatoes from sprouting store an apple with them#cookingtips

And while on apple it can also be used to ripen tomatoes faster, store apple and raw tomatoes in a paper together #cookingtips

To prevent eggs from cracking put a pinch of salt before the water starts boiling #cookingtips

And if they still crack add a little vinegar to the water to prevent further leak #cookingtips

And to prevent the black ring around the yellow of a hard boiled egg drain them ASAP and dip in cold water and peel #cookingtips

Also longer u leave the boiled egg to peel more difficult it’ll be. so peel & store it will stay fine in fridge for upto 3 days #cookingtips

To get lighter scrambled eggs add a little bit of water to eggs, dont add milk it will make the eggs tough #cookingtips

An over browned garlic can sometimes add bitterness to the gravy so add it to hot oil and fry just for a min #cookingtips

Or use garlic infused oil, I love it. Warm some oil remove from stove, add garlic, leave for 10 minutes and sieve #cookingtips

To prevent an apple from browning before using keep it dipped in a lemon water (2 tsp of lemon juice + bowl of water) #cookingtips

Also if u wanna pack it for kiddie lunch u can add lemon juice & spoon of honey to the slices before packing #cookingtips

While grating cheese spray the grater with non stick cooking spray To keep cheese from sticking to the grater #cookingtips

To take out the smell from burnt rice put a slice of white bread in the rice pot & the bread will absorb all the smell #CookingTips

Always store the butter wrapped in a butter paper it picks up smells very easily #CookingTips

Contrary to the popular belief never salt ur meat before cooking it will make it tougher, marinate but w/o salt #CookingTips

Cook ur green leafy veggies uncovered and they will retain their lovely color #CookingTips

When using canned stuff always empty the can if u have something left pour it into a bowl & store an open can will rust #CookingTips

Now this one I think is most used & needed in my house – to get rid of odors & germs on ur chopping board rub with a lemon#CookingTips

Greens veggies store the best if u chop the lower stems and wrap them in aluminum foil and keep in fridge #CookingTips

To cook the perfect pasta, boil it in salted water, drain and wash well and then add some drops of olive oil to the same #CookingTips

The last one works for noodles too 🙂 #CookingTips

I am thinking of making it a regular feature there and may be will also keep posting here now and than… also I am doing a #BakingTips today and will post them here tmrw 🙂

Did u check out what my fellow marathon foodies have been cooking  – Srivalli,  JayashreePJRevathiPriya and Azeema whom I missed in yesterday’s post

26 comments on “Useful and Handy Cooking Tips

  1. Pixie
    January 5, 2011

    me first?! 😀

    • Pixie
      January 5, 2011

      Lovely tips Monu! Thank you…

      I follow some of them and some are new and quite useful! 🙂

  2. Mamma Mia! Me a Mamma?!?
    January 5, 2011

    FABULOUS stuff! Can’t thank you enough for these!

  3. Kalyan
    January 5, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this. My mom had told me the salt thing during marinating. Drains the water out 🙂

  4. greyindecision
    January 5, 2011

    This is so helpful #Awesome!

  5. Swaram
    January 5, 2011

    I so wanted to hv a page like this on the food blog always 🙂
    Must put it up sometime soon 🙂 Thanks Monu 😀

    • monikamanchanda
      January 6, 2011

      thats a great idea u have given me swaram must make it a page

  6. R's mom
    January 5, 2011

    thank u thank u thank u..most of it is really really needed in my kitchen..most essential lemon on cutting board 🙂

  7. Jayashree
    January 5, 2011

    Nice tips.

  8. Life Begins
    January 5, 2011

    O wow… Super! Thanks

  9. Srivalli
    January 5, 2011

    Wow Mons..these are surely so helpful!..:)

  10. binpin
    January 6, 2011

    I love the Grating cheese tip..grating cheese will be fun now on:)

    • monikamanchanda
      January 6, 2011

      oh yes the day I came to know abt that one I was like wow life is simpler 😉

  11. priya srinivasan
    January 6, 2011

    Very Handy Monika!!!!! Thanks a ton for sharing them!!! 🙂

  12. azeeskitchen
    January 6, 2011

    Good Job Monika…Do post more tips 🙂

  13. KA
    July 18, 2011

    Sorry, but the tip about pasta? No, no no 🙂
    Pasta should NEVER be rinsed .And please NEVER add oil to it.

    The reason is as follows:
    When pasta is cooked in hot water , it releases some starch.(And thats a good thing :)).
    You need that starchiness in the pasta water, which makes the pasta sauce adhere to it better.(Adding oil will make the sauce slide right off the pasta and you will end up with pasta in a pool of sauce)

    Also, reserve a cup of the water in which the pasta was cooked and use it to thin your sauce, if necessary.It makes the sauce silkier (If you plan to do this, do hold back salting your sauce until your sauce is the right consistency, as the pasta water is salted).

    To get pasta cooked al-dente (firm to the bite), follow the packed instructions. You can check it for done-ness a minute before the time mentioned on the packet.

    Hope this helps.

    • monikamanchanda
      July 19, 2011

      what u say does make sense however I have two things, one I typically boil the pasta a little before cooking it and if dont wash and oil it will add stick to each other and become a huge lump… two I actually want to get rid of all that strach because of health reasons and no when u put just a tiny bit of oil the sauce doesnt slide away

    • monikamanchanda
      July 19, 2011

      and welcome here

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