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101 Kitchen Tips

Tip 4 of 101 :  Neatly storing bedsheets

This isn't a kitchen tip but a useful one nevertheless. To store bedsheets neatly, fold them up crisply and then insert in the matching pillow cases. Makes a neat stack in your closet.

Tip 3 of 101 :  Healthy sprouts any time!

Soak several kinds of lentils in warm water and let them stand for 8 to 10 hours until completely puffed up. Drain the water and pack them in a few paper towels. Leave them packed for 8 to 10 hours or until they sprout. Then freeze them in air tight bags. These healthy lentils are ready to cook any time. This is a great tip for busy moms as they can be cooked in minutes in a pressure cooker for a healthy and tasty meal.

Tip 2 of 101 :  Storing herbs for future use

Herbs like Methi (Fenugreek) and Cilantro (Coriander/Kothimir) add lot of flavor to Indian cooking. They also have great medicinal value. While they are abundantly available in Spring and early Summer, its difficult to find inexpensive and good quality ones in other seasons. So you can dry them at home and store for future use. Wash the herbs well and spread out the leaves on a dry paper or cloth towel. Leave it uncovered for 4 to 5 days in a cool dry place, away from sunlight. This is called air drying and it retains aroma and flavor. Once the herbs are crisp and dry, pack them in air tight containers and keep in the refrigerator. They will stay well for a few months. Use as needed.

Tip 1 of 101 :  Space saving method for storing Spinach or Green Leafy vegetables

Reduce the volume of Spinach or any other green leafy vegetable that will be cooked, by heating the washed leaves in a big pan. You don't have to add any oil. Store these semi cooked leaves in refrigerator or freeze it for later use. The green leafy vegetable will leave a lot of water that you can evaporate. Other option is to strain it and use it in cooking or a soup as this water has all the good nutrients. This is great to store the huge quantity of fresh Spinach bags available at Costco.