General Tips

General Tips

General Tips

General Tips

Chop onions without crying: 

Onions are a great addition to a dish but chopping them can be frustrating, as they bring you to tears. Try peeling and cutting onions under running water or try chopping them near a gas flame. Refrigerating onions before cutting them is also a good idea.

To get rid of excess salt: 

If you have read the recipe wrong and ended up adding a tablespoon of salt, rather than a teaspoon, don’t despair. You need not throw it away. Adding diced potatoes, tomatoes or a teaspoon of sugar can bring down excess salt in any dish.

To get rid of excess salt from soup: 

If you've added too much salt to the soup, peel a potato and drop it in the broth. The potato will absorb the salt.

To avoid sticky rice:

Wash the grains a few times until the water runs clear. Remove all the water and let it sit for 20 minutes. This will remove all the starch and also won’t make the rice sticky. You can add a few drops of lemon juice to the rice while cooking it to ensure that the grains do not stick to each other.

Don’t bother with pre-filled spice racks

If you want spices to serve their purpose (making food taste better), you shouldn’t own a pre-filled spice rack. Spices go off quickly, and when their color starts to dull they’ve lost a lot of their flavor. There are several dried spices that are invaluable in my kitchen (cinnamon, cloves, curry powder, cumin, coriander, chili pepper, etc.), but you should purchase them as you need them, and in small quantities unless you use them frequently.

Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

Add a tablespoon of sugar to a litre of water in the flower vase. The dissolved sugar nourishes the stems and keeps the flowers fresh for longer.

To make your own facemask

A tablespoon of honey or yogurt left on your skin for 5-10 mins then rinsed off with warm water makes a really cheap, skin-softening facemask

To soothe aching muscles

Use 250g of Gem Bread Soda added to a hot bath.