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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

grand ma's tips

There are certain tips which have been passed on from one generation to another. Sometimes there is no explanation or any scientific fact to prove the authencity of  the tips,but they are followed by a large number of people. 
Young brides, who are not experienced may find these tips useful. Of course, after some time when they acquire expertise,they will themselves give tips to others/
There are certain tips which I practised in my younger days and found them useful. I am sharing  some of them here.

1. To get rid of ants a heavy chalk mark laid a finger's distance from your sugar box and all around (there must be no space not covered) will surely prevent ants from troubling.

2.To make lemonade squeeze lemon in the ice tray and get lemon ice cubes.

3.Add a little milk to onions while frying, this will help retain a rich colour and prevent them from burning.

4.  If you want to make chanas and forgot to soak it in water, you can just put the chana in a caserole full of boiling water for an hour. They are ready for cooking.

5.  Okra(bhindi) will neither be sticky nor black, if a little curd is added to it .

 6. While cooking fried vegetables sprinkle a little gramflour over the vegetables. Gramflour absorbs the excess oil and makes the vegetable tastier.

7. If  curry turns out a bit oily and pungent take two bread slices and powder them coarsely. Add this to the curry and mix well. Bread absorbs the excess oil and spice.

8.  To cook 'dal' fast add a little oil and turmeric powder to the dal before placing it in the cooker. It will cook faster.

9. Peel and cut potatoes and boil them in water to which a little vinegar is added . They will be done in no time and will retain the texture as well.

10.Give rich fruit cake a lovely flavor when you are making it by adding half  a cup of black coffee.

  11. If you can’t get the lid off a jar, wear a pair of rubber gloves; you’ll find it will come off easily.

 12.   For light and fluffy omelets, add 1 tbsp. of water for each egg,  instead of milk.

To get rid of the onion smell on your hands, wash them in milk.

14. Stop bananas turning brown by wrapping them in a tea towel and storing them in a cupboard.

15.You can revive dry cakes by brushing them with milk and warming them in the oven for a couple of minutes.

16.If you are trying to move a heavy object in the kitchen such as a frig or a washing machine, pour a little washing liquid on the tiled floor; the machine will slip along easily.

17.  To remove tea stains from a  kettle, fill it with water and boil it then add two or three tablespoons of vinegar. Leave it for a couple of hours and it will be like new.

18. If mutton does not become soft, after prolonged boiling,a piece of raw papaya will do the trick.

19.If your eyes water while peeling onions, cut them in a bowl of water.

20.If your hand gets burnt in the kitchen, cut a potato and rub it on the affected portion.
Dip your hand in ice cold water immediately.

21. A  very delicious dessert can be made by vanilla  ice cream. Put the ice cream in a serving bowl and add cut mangoes/ strawberries/cherry in the ice cream and keep it in the frig. 


1 comment:

  1. These tips that our grand parents and parents share are very helpful and makes sense always. Thanks for sharing, Usha Ma'am:)