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Kitchen Wisdom

  • Rubber bands are very useful in the kitchen.  To compress or weigh a terrine or gravlax, a few strong bands will hold a board or plate down nicely. Beats balancing tins or other objects on the food (which always seem to slip off and take up a lot of room). 

    When transporting a pot or casserole, a rubber band looped over each side handle and the handle on the lid will hold the lid on firmly and save the contents from sloshing out. 

    "Posted by Mmartini"

  • When washing vegetables or grains of rice, save the used water for watering the plants. Natural fertilizer for the plants.

    "Posted by Fiza Rashid"

  • don't put salt before turmeric otherwiswe the color of tumeric does not get vivid

    "Posted by deipa"

  • Before slicing an avocado, dip it into boiling water for only 30 seconds - it will stay green for longer and will be easier to peel.

    "Posted by passionfruit"

  • to stop mushrooms sweating and fungal growth when in the fridge, remove them from the plastic packaging and place in a brown paper bag like the ones used in supermarkets that you place loose mushrooms in. they will not sweat in the bag but may become dehydrated if left unused for a while. but that's not a problem just drop them into clean water for a few hours and they will re-hydrate. no more waste.

    "Posted by robert stewart"

  • Pour left over red and white wine into ice cube trays and freeze; when cubes are frozen, store in snap lock bags for use when you require just a little wine to enrich a sauce, gravy or stock - perfect!!

    "Posted by Lizzie4Allan"

  • The yam Nigella tried in Brazil is Arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza) I would grow it here in Thailand but I think it grows above 1K meters. Ed

    "Posted by edwardo"

  • A great way to guarantee the purest 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, adopt an Olivio tree and get the oil direct from Italy.

    "Posted by bobpowell"

  • Keep a few onions into the veg tray of your fridge. The cooled ones while peeling and chopping do not make your eyes water!

    "Posted by tiltan"

  • When zesting a lemon using the fine side of your kitchen grater, place a piece of kitchen paper or as we call it in NZ bakingpaper onto the surface first, then grate the lemon. It makes clean up easier when you remove it and you can simply slide the extra zest from the paper making your effort more productive.

    "Posted by buzzybea"