Hello everyone. I trust you are still keeping safe and staying in doors as much as possible. This is a very difficult time for all of us, especially with the COVID-19 cases rising in Walvisbay. I urge for all of us to adhere to the rules that have been put in place by the government in order to fight this virus.
Today I am sharing with you 10 tips which I find quite useful whenever I am in my kitchen. These tips will help you save time as well make everyday kitchen tasks just a little easier.
There is unfortunately no recipe this time, but that doesn't mean you should not eat, right? Take a break from cooking dinner tonight and order one of the delicious meals which are on offer on the Flamingo Namibia menu. I personally recommend the spicy chicken wings and the pumpkin fritters in cinnamon sauce. But do feel free to brows the menu on their Instagram and Facebook pages.
1. Store boerewors you buy in bulk in a spiral
Many of us with families like to buy everything in bulk, whether it's dry food, tinned food or even meat. It just works out cheaper this way and saves you many trips to the grocery store. Boerewors is a great item to buy in bulk and store for later cooking. Simply shape into a spiral, cover in cling wrap and store in the freezer on top of each other. It needs no time thaw, makes for easy cooking and saves you freezer space. When you are ready to cook, simply pop into a pan with a bit of olive oil and let it cook for a few minutes with the pot covered.
2. Peel ginger with a spoon
I use ginger quite a lot at home, be it in curries, teas, smoothies or juices. If you have used ginger before you would know that it is not so easy to peal it with a knife. The easiest method I have found is by scraping the skin off with the tip of a spoon. It works so much better than a knife as it does not take away so much of the flesh and you get a good use out of it.
3. Frozen yogurt cubes
Freeze yogurt that's about it expire in an ice cube tray for use in smoothies at a later date. Store them in ziplock bags in the freezer. This will make your yogurt last longer than the expiration date and prevent you from wasting it by throwing it out.
4. Rolling lemons before squeezing
This one may seem like an obvious thing to do, but I also didn't know about it until a few months ago. Remember how, as kids, you would soften your orange by rolling it many times before you sucked the juice out of it? Well, this is the same ideology. To get the most squeeze for your buck, simply roll it on the kitchen counter top a few times.
5. Roll fresh herbs together before chopping
Chopping fresh herbs can be a frustrating tasks. To make it easier for yourself, roll all the herbs together, place on a chopping board, and chop.
6. Taste meatball mixture shaping
There is nothing worse than eating bland food. Imagine eating a meatball and then realizing that it does not have enough seasoning. To avoid this, take a bit of the mince mixture and microwave it on a plate for a few seconds and taste. Adjust your seasonings accordingly.
7. Peeling garlic
If you cook with garlic often you would know that peeling them is no easy task. The best way to peel garlic is by smashing it with a knife on a chopping board. The peel comes off easily, saving you the hassle.
8. Softening brotchens
Do you also find that if you leave out your brotchens in the bread bin for more than a day or so, it gets quite hard? Well, if you cover the brotchen with a damp paper towel and pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, it gets as soft as the day it was made.
9. Start with already hot water
This may also seem like an obvious one, but growing up, whenever my mom cooked pasta or porridge, she would use cold water from the tap and heat it on the stove for a few minutes till it boiled. Because of this, I would do the same. It was not until I had my own kitchen that I realized I could save a bit of time by simply boiling the water in the kettle first.
10. Freeze fruits
If you follow me on Instagram, you will probably know that not much goes to waste in my kitchen, especially fruits. Frozen fruits are great in smoothies on those lazy days when you are not in the mood to cook. Frozen fruits also work great, chopped up, in popsickels for the kids, which a great snack in summer.