Monday, 1 May 2017

Cookbook Countdown #17

Which cookbooks shall be your choice for May? Link your post in the linky below.

Kitchen Tips For This Month : How To Clean The Oven
(source from thekitchn)
What you need : Oven, Baking soda, Water, Rubber gloves, Damp dish cloth, Plastic or silicone spatula, Spray bottle and White vinegar.

Instructions :
  1. Remove the oven racks : Remove your oven racks, pizza stone, oven thermometer, and anything else you have inside the oven. Set aside.
  2. Make a baking soda paste : In a small bowl, mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Adjust the ratio of both as needed until you have a spreadable paste.
  3. Coat your oven : Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven, steering clear of the heating elements. Use a pair of gloves to protect your nails from the grimes and grease. The baking soda will turn a brownish colour as you rub it in; it also might be chunkier in some places than others. That is fine. Just try to coat the whole oven to the best of your abilities, paying attention to any particularly greasy areas.
  4. Let it sit overnight : Allow the baking soda mixture to rest for at least 12 hours, or overnight.
  5. Clean your oven racks : Meanwhile, clean your oven racks. See the full cleaning tutorial here.
  6. Wipe out the oven : After 12 hours or overnight, take a damp dish cloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as you can. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to help scrape off the paste as needed. 
  7. Spray a little vinegar : Put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you still see baking soda residue in your oven. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and gently foam.
  8. Do a final wipe down : Take your damp cloth and wipe out the remaining foamy vinegar-baking-soda mixture. Repeat until all the baking soda residue is gone. Add more water or vinegar to your cloth as needed while wiping to really get the oven clean and shiny.
  9. Replace your oven racks : Replace the oven racks and anything else you keep in your oven, and you're done!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Cookbook Countdown #16

The first quarter of  2017 has gone by in a flash! How many cookbooks have you used so far? Which cookbooks will you be sharing this month? Looking forward to your delicious treats! Leave your links at the linky below.

Kitchen Tips For This Month : Eggs

How to test the freshness of eggs : Place an egg in a bowl of water. If the egg lay on its side at the bottom, it is still quite fresh. If the egg stands upright on the bottom, it is still fine to eat, but should be eaten very soon or hard-boiled. If the egg floats to the top, its past it's prime, and not good for eating. (source from here)

How to store eggs : Eggs should not be stored on the refrigerator door, but in the main body of the refrigerator to ensure that they keep a consistent and cool temperature. Eggs should always be stored with the large ends up, the same way they are packaged in the carton. This helps the yolk remain centred.
Leftover raw egg whites and yolks should be put in airtight containers and stored in the refrigerator immediately. To prevent yolks from drying out, cover them with a little cold water. Drain the water before using.
When storing hard-cooked eggs, you may notice a "gassy" odour in your refrigerator. The odour is caused by hydrogen sulphide, which forms when eggs are cooked. It's harmless and usually dissipates in a few hours.
(source from here)

Separating eggs safely : Use an egg separator, an inexpensive gadget found in cookware stores. Separating eggs by passing the yolk back and forth between pieces of egg shell or your hands can expose eggs to bacteria. (source from here)

Bringing an egg to room temperature :  Either set it on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge it (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot!) water for 5 minutes. (source from here)

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Cookbook Countdown #15

Which cookbooks will be making their rounds in your kitchen this month? Looking forward to see what you will be cooking this month!

We will be adding a new monthly feature ; Kitchen Tips. For this month we'll start with an important kitchen item that we cannot do without, Cutting Boards!

Kitchen Tips Of The Month : How To Clean A Cutting Board
(source from : here)
  1. Using water and dishwashing detergent can weaken surface wood fibers on cutting boards and butcher block countertops. To disinfect and clean your wooden surfaces, wipe them instead with full-strength white vinegar after each use. The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against such harmful bugs as E. coliSalmonella, and Staphylococcus. When your wooden cutting surface needs deodorizing as well as disinfecting, spread some baking soda over it and then spray on undiluted white vinegar. Let it foam and bubble for five to ten minutes, then rinse with a cloth dipped in clean cold water.
  2. If your cutting board smells after you chop onions, crush garlic, cut raw and cooked meat and chicken, or prepare fish, get rid of the odor and help sanitize the cutting board by rubbing it all over with the cut side of half a lemon. You can also wash your cutting board in undiluted lemon juice from a bottle.
  3. Keep your wooden or plastic cutting board cleaner by occasionally scrubbing it with a paste made from 1 tablespoon each baking soda, salt, and water. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.
  4. If you clean cutting boards and breadboards with soap and water, rub them afterwards with a damp cloth dipped in salt. The boards will be lighter and brighter in color. You can also create a paste of salt and lemon juice, and use it to deep clean your cutting board as needed.
  5. Consider using one cutting board only for foods that will be cooked, such as raw fish, and another only for ready-to-eat foods, such as bread, fresh fruit, and cooked fish.

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