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Mosquitoes #1
Keep mosquitoes at bay by lighting the following: An incense stick dipped in baygon spray and dried.
Cleaning inside an iron - Turn the iron on, pour vinegar in the water hole, and fill it up. Once the iron is hot, push the stream button four or five times. All built-up grit and grime will then be removed. Finally, empty the vinegar from the iron and rinse well with water.
Tiny tots - Tip
Stick a strip of medicated plaster under the sole of your childs new shoes. He will not slip on a slippery floor.
If just a few drops of lemon juice are required do not cut whole lemon. Roll lemon on a hard surface to soften the skin, prick a hole with a cocktail or skewer. Press out required drops. Leave a toothpick in the hole or wrap it in a piece of foil. This will keep it from drying out.
Add a handful of puffed rice to leftover tomato vegetable. Mix well, heat a little, and serve as a tasty snack, after garnishing with chopped coriander.
When very finely chopped greens or chillies etc. are required in a recipe, use a pair of sharp Scissors instead of a knife. The job will be made faster, more efficient and safe to cut.
Storing flour in an airtight container and refrigerating it doubles their storage time.
Coconut milk when kept overnight in the fridge forms a white layer on top. This layer can be used as fat instead of oil for frying mutton or chicken.
Immerse rusty curtain rings in hot vinegar for two hours. Wash off with water and wipe dry. The rings will look new.
To chill any water based drink (like thandai, juices) use chilled water or crushed icecubes while making, so that chilling time can be drastically reduced.
Rub a piece of lime (used) inside the lunch box to get rid of strong odours (like garlic) before rinsing off.
Add contents of a capsule of b complex to the water in your vase to make the flowers last longer.
Replace sweets and candy with a few dry fruits like almonds, etc. for after lunch munching. So much healthier.
Toast a few slices of bread till crisp. Grind into fine bread crumbs. Store in a tight glass jar. Use as a handy thickener for gravies, soups, etc., if they feel too watery.
Immerse nails in hot water for a while before nailing into the wall. This will keep the surrounding plaster from coming off.
Coriander leaves will stay fresh if placed in a polythene bag and stored in the fridge.
Always use the back of a perforated spoon to make the frying puris puff up. Use the non-puffed ones to make chaat, bhel, etc.
For a shortcut method of making stuffed veggies fast, use a small pressure cooker instead of a Pan, proceed by adding oil, and working as you would in the pan. But once all ingredients are Added, and water, then shut cooker and allow one whistle. Usually the vegetable gets done just Right. One may required some trials as to amount of water required. Veggies like gherkins, Stuffed ridge gourds, brinjals, etc. can be made in this manner.
Whenever lemon slices are added to any tea, make sure to remove every single seed, or the tea Will taste bitter.
To prevent fresh coconut milk from turning rancid add a pinch of salt to it. This will help preserve it for a few hours.
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