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Cooking guide and ideas


Cooking guide

Baking has been big ever since the great British Bake Off launched and people are currently turning to cakes and treats to cheer themselves up.Cooking or cookery is the art, science and craft of using heat to prepare food for consumption. ... Preparing food with heat or fire is an activity unique to humans. I'm gonna put up the kitchen hacks which i learnt from my mom as well as few which i found awesome while surfing. Let me List em. Certain hacks will be related to indian kitchen

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I'm gonna put up the kitchen hacks which i learnt from my mom as well as few which i found awesome while surfing. Let me List em. Certain hacks will be related to indian kitchen :

  1. Add a few drops of lemon juice in the water before boiling the rice to make rice whiter.
  2. Put 2-3 cloves in the sugar to keep ants at bay.
  3. Place overripe tomatoes in cold water and add some salt. Overnight they will become firm and fresh.
  4. Adding half of teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in the milk while boiling will not spoil the milk even if you don`t put it in the fridge.
  5. Grind some common salt in your mixer/grinder for some time every month. This will keep your mixer blades sharp.
  6. To avoid crying, cut the onions into two parts and place them in water for 15 minutes before chopping them.
  7. To keep panneer fresh for several days, wrap it in a blotting paper while storing in the refrigerator.
  8. 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.
  9. A handful of well-soaked moong dal added to any salad will increase the proteins and make it extra nutritious.
  10. Wipe the blades of greasy knives with a peeled lemon. Then wash under running water. The greasiness will disappear.
  11. To remove the skin of tomatoes, place them in warm water for 5-10 minutes. The skin can then be easily peeled off. When tomatoes are not available or too costly, substitute with tomato puree or tomato ketchup/sauce.
  12. Don`t store potatoes and onions together. Potatoes will rot quickly if stored with onions.
  13. To get yogurt in winter, place the container in a warm place like oven or over the voltage stabiliser. If the yogurt has become sour, put it in a muslin cloth and drain all the water. Then add milk to make it as good as fresh in taste. Use the drained water in making tasty gravy for vegetables or for basen curry. To keep the yogurt fresh for many days, fill the vessel containing yogurt with water to the brim and refrigerate. Change the water daily.

Cooking at Home

We all love convenience food, but one of the simplest ways to improve your health is by preparing more home-cooked meals. Here’s how to get started.

General suggestions for healthy cooking

  1. Steam, bake, grill, braise, boil or microwave your foods.
  2. Modify or eliminate recipes that include butter or ask you to deep fry or sauté in animal fat.
  3. Avoid added oils and butter; use non-stick cookware instead.
  4. Don't add salt to food as it is cooking.
  5. Baking in the winter is great. The weather is cooler and the warming effects of the oven make baking so much more enjoyable. Baking in large batches is great for gift giving and even freezing to have throughout the winter. You can bake batches of food to have throughout the week when you're running around and don't have time to cook or for weekday breakfasts. Here are some tips for baking large batches of food in the winter.

How to Double Cake, Muffin, and Quick Bread Recipes

More is better when it comes to cake, muffins, and breads, right? Passing out the extras to your neighbor, bringing one to your next pot luck, or just having some on hand for when you're craving something sweet but don't have time to whip something up. Doubling these recipes isn't just a matter of doubling everything, though, because they just don't come out right when you do.

You need to calculate the use of baking soda and baking powder based on how much flour you use. So the rule of thumb is use 1-1¼ tsp of baking powder for every one cup of flour and/or ¼ tsp of baking soda for every one cup of flour. Watch out though: if you have another acidic ingredient like buttermilk or yogurt, then you'll need to add an additional ¼–½ tsp of baking soda per cup of buttermilk, yogurt, or other acidic ingredient.

How to Double Cookies and Bars

All ingredients for cookies and bars can be doubled normally. However if you want a more cake-like cookie, then you should keep the baking soda and baking powder ratios in mind. Also, putting the dough in the refrigerator between batches will make for a thicker cookie that doesn't spread as much when baking.

How to Double Breads and Rolls

The yeast used in breads and rolls makes these much easier to double. So just doubling the ingredients will work just fine. If you do go beyond doubling though and want to triple or quadruple the recipe, then weighing the ingredients instead of measuring by volume will work better. This will help keep the ratios consistent.

When doubling any of your baked recipes, just remember not to change the cooking time. You can either use two separate pans to cook in smaller batches, but ultimately you'll have to use your eye to test the doneness of your baked goods. Do not double the time. And do not change the cooking temperature.

Now if you're not going to give away your extra batches of baked goods and want to freeze them, here's how.

How to Freeze Cakes, Muffins, and Quick Breads

• Place unfrosted cake in the freezer in a freezer bag, tightly sealed. When ready to use, remove from the freezer and let stand at room temperature for 1–2 hours. Then frost.

• For frosted cakes, place on parchment paper. Let frosting harden for about an hour. Now put it in a freezer bag. Remove from freezer 1–2 hours before you're ready to serve to defrost.

• When freezing muffins and quick breads, make sure they are cooled completely. Place in a freezer bag or wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. When ready to use, remove from freezer and defrost at room temperature.

How to Freeze Cookies and Bars

• Cool cookies completely, then wrap individual cookies in plastic wrap. Place each cookie in a plastic freezer bag. Thaw at room temperature.

• For bars and brownies, cool completely. Do not cut individually. Wrap in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil and freeze. Defrost at room temperature and then cut into bars.

How to Freeze Breads and Rolls

Simply place the bread and rolls in a freezer bag and seal tightly. When ready to use, defrost at room temperature. Or wrap in paper towel and defrost for 30 seconds in the microwave.

Now you're ready to bake large batches of goods for the winter. You're ready to share or save for a later date. What are your best tips for batch baking?


Lakshmi from Chennai on September 26, 2020:

Wow,Very interesting and useful tips,and let me clear that sodium bicarbonate won't spoil the milk?.