To remove the skin of almonds easily, soak them in hot water for
Ants: Putting 3-4 cloves in the sugar container
will keep the ants at bay.
Biscuits: If you keep a piece of blotting paper
at the bottom of the container, it will keep biscuits fresh for
a longer time.
Butter: Avoid the use of butter. If it is essential
to use, use a butter containing low saturated fat or with plant
stanols (which avoid absorption of cholesterol by our body) or similar
Apples: Apply some lemon juice on the cut surface
of the apple to avoid browning. They will look fresh for a longer
Banana: Apply mashed banana over a burn on your
body to have a cooling effect.
Bee and Scorpion Sting Relief: Apply a mixutre
of 1 pinch of chewing tobacco and 1 drop of water. Mix and apply
directly and immediately to the sting; cover with bandaid to hold
in place. Pain will go away in just a few short mintues.
Bitter Gourd (Karela): Slit Karelas at the middle
and apply a mixture of salt, wheat flour and curd all round. Keep
aside for 1/2 an hour and then cook.
Stuffed Karela Celery: To keep celery fresh for
long time, wrap it in aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator.
Burnt Food: Place some chopped onion in the vessel
having burnt food, pour boiling water in it, keep for 5 minutes
and then clean.
Chili Powder: Keeping a small piece of hing (asafoetida)
in the same container will store chili powder for long time.
Chopping: Use a wooden board to chop. It will
not blunt the knife. Don't use a plastic board, small plastic pieces
may go with the vegetables.
Coriander/Mint: You can use dried coriander and
mint leaves in coarse powder form in vegetable curry or chutney,
if fresh ones are not available.
To keep them fresh for a longer time, wrap them in a muslin cloth
and keep in a fridge.
Cockroaches: Put some boric powder in kitchen
in corners and other places. Cockroaches will leave your house.
Coconut: Immerse coconut in water for 1/2 an
hour to remove its hust.
Dry Fruits: To chop dry fruits, place them in
fridge for half an hour before cutting. Take the fruits out and
cut them with a hot knife (dip it in hot water before cutting).
Dough/Rolling pin: If the dough sticks to the
rolling pin, place it in freezer for a few minutes.
Egg peeling off: Make a small hole in the egg
by piercing a pin before boiling it. You will be able to remove
its skin very easily.
Egg fresh: Immerse the egg in a pan of cool salted
water. If it sinks, it is fresh; if it rises to the surface, it
is certainly quite old.
Garlic: Garlic skin comes off easily if the garlic
cloves are slightly warmed before peeling.