|Onion keeper- to save unused half|
Half onion: Place the half onion in an air tight box and save in fridge for later use.
Cilantro\coriander, curry leaves, and parsley: Cut the stem bases, wrap lower end in a paper towel, place in a ziploc bag and save in fridge for keeping it fresh for many days.Preventing pantry pests: Drop bay leaves, cloves or dry red chillies in grocery storage containers in your pantry. This prevents many types of bugs and pests.
|Green bags keep vegetables fresh|
Fast and easy to extract tamarind pulp; Microwave makes cooking easy. In order to extract good amount of tamarind pulp easily, without microwaving, we have to soak the fruit for 1-2 hours. Where as if we microwave then the waiting time shrinks to few minutes.
Tamarind pulp tastes sour and I use it in place of lemon juice. It makes the food taste delicious by adding a special flavor.
Tamarind fruit will be available in oriental and Indian grocery stores. Ready made tamarind paste is loaded with preservatives and doesn't taste as good as freshly made one.
|Tamarind pulp from fruit|
Simple steps to extract fresh tamarind pulp:
- Take golf ball size of tamarind fruit in a cereal bowl and add 1 cup of water.
- Microwave on high power for 2-3 minutes
- Let it cool for few minutes and then extract pulp
- For thick pulp extract by squeezing with your fingers and strain using a colander.
- If you want tamarind water then you could add 1 more cup of water to make it cold faster, squeeze 5-10 times and strain into a separate bowl.
Save onions in fridge: Saving onions in the fridge will help you avoid crying while cutting onions.