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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Tips and Tricks!

Hello folks!

No recipe to post today, but I came across a few interesting tips and tricks for storing food so I thought I would post about it. So I've done some of the research for you and compiled a list of interesting foodie tips and tricks here for all to see! Aren't I nice! :)

Here's one for yeah! Apparently you can keep your brown sugar soft by placing a marshmallow in the bag! Who knew!?!?!

Storing Peppers
If you are only using part of a green/yellow/red pepper, leave the stem, seeds and membrane intact, the pepper will store much longer than when you remove them.

Keeping Spinach Fresher Longer
If you wash spinach well in cold water, shake off as much water as you can and store in an airtight container in the fridge, it will keep fresh for longer. This method also revives old spinach.

Keeping Lettuce Fresh
When you buy an iceburg lettuce (it may work for others?) break it up with your hands and store it in the fridge in a bowl of cold water - it will stay fresh and crispy for much longer than normal. Iceberg also stays longer when tearing it as opposed to cutting it. 

Stop Veg Going Moudly
Wrap lettuce, carrots, courgettes etc in kitchen paper then put them in plastic bags/containters in the salad compartment of the fridge. They keep fresh for ages. The paper stops the condensation from softening the veg and stops mould.

Crisp Celery
Wrap celery in foil and store in the fridge to keep it fresher for longer.

Keep Tomatoes Fresh
Keep tomatoes cool or in the fridge for freshness. Bring to room temperature prior to eating especially if adding to a salad.

Keep Coriander Fresh
Instead of putting your coriander in the veg crisper drawer, half fill an old coffee jar with cold water, put in the coriander and cover with a (recycled!) plastic bag held with an elastic band. Keep in the door of your fridge, change the water every few days and it will keep well.

Keeping mushrooms
Keep mushrooms in the paper bags and put in the fridge for freshness. If you keep them in plastic they will absorb the condensation and become slimy! Chilled they last much longer than if kept out of the fridge. 

Great Leftover Rice
When you have cooked rice, make sure you add more water/stock in to make your rice moist before putting in the fridge or freezer for the next day.

Freezing Meat
When you place any type of meat in the freezer, avoid using plastic wrap to encase it. This may cause your meat to get freezer burn because plastic wrap allows moisture to escape.

Ripened Cheeses
Ripened cheeses like Parmesan do not need to be refrigerated, but they should be kept covered and stored in a dark, cool area. With ripened and hard cheeses you can cut off any mold that you see form and the cheese will still be good.

Root Veg
When you store root vegetables make sure that you cut off the root. If you do not, the root will continue to draw out nutrients from the actual vegetable

Haha, sorry I couldn't help myself! This post put this on loop in my mind!



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