Here is a collection of cooking and kitchen tips that can come in handy!
Boiling new potato or cauliflower. When boiling new potato or cauliflower add a 1/4 of a lemon to the water - this will stop them from
growing gray and keep them white so they can be used later.
Poaching eggs. Add salt and vinegar to the water when poaching eggs it keeps the egg together whilst cooking or stir the water before adding the egg (but only one egg at a time). Remove the egg from the water and chill in ice water to be used later. To reheat just blanch in boiling water.
Making fluffy and light mashed potatoes. To make mash fluffy and light, just add 1 tsp of baking powder per kg of potato.
How to remove smell of garlic/onions from your hands. To remove the smell of garlic or onions from your hands rub a tablespoon of salt mixed with a little water and rub for a few seconds then
rinse under cold water.
Cookie baking. When you bake cookies and they come out too hard, simply put the cookies in a bag with a piece of bread overnight. The cookies will absorb the moisture out of the bread and will be soft in the morning!
Buying green beans. When buying snap beans (green or yellow) look for a fresh, bright appearance with good color. Pick young, tender beans with crisp, firm pods. It is best to avoid wilted bean pods or pods with blemishes or decay. Beans with thick, tough fibrous pods were picked past their prime.
Peel garlic cloves. To peel garlic cloves quicker, microwave them first for 10 seconds. They pop out of their skin instantly.
Storing apples and carrots. Don't store apples and carrots in the same fridge compartment. The apples emit a gas that makes the carrots bitter.
An easy way to steam vegetables. Simply place a colander over a pan of boiling water, tip prepared vegetable in and put a lid over the top for 10-12 mins. The vegetable will be cooked and crunchy but be careful as the colander will be hot!
An easy way to remove skin from kiwi fruit.
An easy way to remove kiwi skin is to simply cut the kiwi in half and with a teaspoon, scoop the fruit out. You will end up with a perfect kiwi half!