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To prevent fresh coconut milk from turning rancid add a pinch of salt to it. This will help preserve it for a few hours.
If leaving white sauce to stand for an hour or two, spread melted butter on the surface so that it forms a thin film thereby preventing formation of skin
Butter is best kept in the refrigerator, but as it easily absorbs other flavours, it should be well wrapped and kept away from strong smelling foods.
Fresh soft dates should be kept in plastic bags in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for weeks.
To keep carrots fresh for longer, cut the tops off and place them in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper of the refrigerator.
Wrap half-cut raw mangoes in cling film before storing in refrigerator. The mango will stay fresh longer.
Add a teaspoon of hot oil to homemade pastes of garlic, ginger or green chilli, along with salt to make them last longer and taste fresher.
To increase the shelf life of dry masalas store them in airtight containers with a cube of asafoetida
If instant coffee kept in a bottle hardens due to humidity, pour some hot water to dissolve it. Cool and refrigerate. Use as desired but not keep for too many weeks, as it may ferment.
Always store aamras and other mango desserts in non-metal containers, because when stored in metal containers they may get discoloured.
Mix in fifteen to twenty cloves with every kilogram of dal while storing to prevent it from being attacked by insects. The same cloves can be reused.
Salad dressings should always be kept at room temperature and not in the refrigerator as chilling deadens its flavour.
To make vinegar last twice as much, divide the vinegar in two bottles and add water, which has been boiled. After a week it will come up to full strength again.
Sprinkle a little salt on the surface of the freezer before placing the ice-trays. It Keeps ice-trays away from sticking to the freezer surface.
Storing flour in an airtight container and refrigerating it doubles their storage time.
If you have peeled extra potatoes, keep them dipped in water and store in the refrigerator. They will remain for a couple of days.
Tie the shelled green peas in a cloth and dip in boiling water for three minutes. Then dip in chilled water for three minutes. Dry under the fan till the extra moisture is removed and then pack into airtight jars or sealed packets. Freeze and use when peas are out of season.
Put chips and biscuits in a polythene bag and store them in a refrigerator to keep them fresh for a long time.
Dry fifty grams of mint leaves, powder them and add to ten kilograms of rice. Not only will the mint leaves keep insects at bay, they will also impart a delicious flavour to the rice when cooked.
After bananas have ripened, store in the refrigerator to help slow down ripening. The skin will turn dark brown, but this does not damage the fruit inside.
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