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Jul
17

Beef, also called as “red meat” is tough meat as compared to chicken and pork. Moreover, different parts of red meat require different temperature and method for perfect cooking. Here are some general tips to help you cook beef easily. Once you get familiar with these tips, you will get familiar with how to cook roast beef and how to make steaks.

Beef Cooking Tips

  1. If you want to grill, broil or pan fry your meat, select rib eye steaks, strip or shell steaks, T bone, which contains the strip and tenderloin steaks, sirloin and round steaks.
  2. Top sirloin, tenderloin, standing rib roasts, and top rump roast are best for roasting.
  3. For stir frying, flank, top round, and sirloin steaks are good.
  4. Tenderloin is the best part for making kebabs.
  5. Never choose a recipe that over comes the original taste of beef.
  6. For best results, always cook beef at a low temperature in marinades.
  7. Marinade should cover meat properly for effective working.
  8. For marinating beef, put it in the refrigerator.
  9. Never marinade beef in a metallic bowl. Use a glass or wood bowl.
  10. Do not reuse left over marinade again as it contains bacteria due to contact with raw meat.
  11. Never defrost beef in the microwave.
  12. Never cook beef which is not fully defrost as the outside will cook while the inner part will remain uncooked.
  13. While cooking beef, control the temperature and time of cooking for good results.
  14. Trim extra fat attached to beef to reduce fat quantity.
  15. Preheat your pan or grid before you place meat on it.
  16. Once in the pan, never touch meat again until a crust is formed. Only touch the meat to turn over the piece.
  17. Always use a tong for turning over instead of a knife or fork.
  18. Cook beef until its temperature reaches 160 degree to kill all bacteria present in it.
  19. Never overcook beef as it will make it tough and dry.
  20. Sear your beef before roasting to lock all juices inside.
  21. Always remove meat from fire a little before time to prevent overcooking because it will continue to cook after removing from stove for some time.
  22. Start carving 5 minutes after removing from fire. This will let the juices settle thoroughly in meat and make carving easier without losing juices.
  23. Always use a sharp knife for carving.
  24. Never start carving in the roasting pan or oven pan. Place the meat on a cutting board and then start carving.
  25. Prevent contact of any food material with raw beef as it contains harmful bacteria.
  26. Place beef at room temperature only when you are about to cook it, as otherwise it will increase the growth of harmful bacteria.
  27. Never refreeze beef which is once defrost.
  28. Place a rack in the pan or baking dish before putting it in the oven and place beef on it to drain extra fats.
  29. Fats from the surface of beef soups, stews or sauces can be skimmed before serving.
  30. Cooked hamburger patties should be place between two paper towel and pressed to absorb all extra grease.

Use these beef cooking tips to make roasts, stews, and steaks. Be sure to go through out tips for making steaks. These tips will also come in handy in a lot of recipes given on our web site. Try the great recipes listed on our website to cook roast beef and enjoy healthy and delicious meals with your family.

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Jul
16

Whether you are planning something for a holiday trip or a holiday party, healthy food should be preferred to make those times of joy, happy and healthy for you and your family. These are especially the times when good quality food should be consumed. The choice of food selection depends on the cook who is preparing snacks and meals for the family members. Following are some health tips which you should keep in mind when preparing holiday meals and their nutrient values.

Healthy Holiday Meal

  1. Guests should always be offered healthy food containing all the essential nutrients. Healthy food is one which has less fat contents, more protein contents as well as vitamins and minerals. Among fats, animal derived fats should be used in smaller amount. However vegetable based fats can be used comfortably without the fear of any harmful effects.
  2. Holiday meals do not mean eating a lot of oily food and fried stuff. This is the common concept among many people. They consider holiday meals, the times when maximum fried stuff, carbonated beverages and oily snacks can be consumed. This is a very wrong concept. Instead of fried fish, oily roasted food and potato chips, healthy additions can be made. These include fruit salads, boiled beans and whole grain crackers. Many good cooking utensils are also available in the market, which help in oil free preparation of meals. They help in preparing food with little or no oil at all.
  3. Frozen food is normally used by people during holiday parties as it saves time and can serve more people. However, frozen food is not the healthiest food to offer your guests and family. Frozen and packed food should be avoided as much as possible. One reason is that it contains high caloric values and fats. The other reason is that fresh foods provide nutrients in their best form that frozen goods can never give. In fact frozen foods lose their natural nutrients to a greater extent when compared with freshly prepared food.
  4. Sauces, pastes and dips should not be taken in the packed or tinned form. Although home made sauces take some time to prepare, their health value and nutrition is far better than market products. So, ketchup, sauces, dips and pastes made at home are healthy and nutritious.
  5. Vegetables should be added to holiday meals as much as possible. Lots of salads should be served with the food. Grilled and barbecued vegetables can add delicacy to the food.
  6. Fresh fruits and homemade fruit juices are a delicious and nutritious addition to holiday meals. They are especially good for kids as well as for old people. They provide them with energy and health, along with a number of vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
  7. Snacks and crackers are an important part of holiday mealtimes. Instead of serving roasted oily meat and fried chips, healthy snacks should be given to guests and family. These are fresh cream salads, whole grain crackers and roasted nuts.

The above tips can help to make holiday meals healthy and nutritious for your friends and family. Use them to make family time enjoyable on the holiday season.

Jul
14

Say citrus! There’s a sparkle to the word. The tongue tingles in anticipation of the first rush of juice, of the tarty fizz and its slow honeyed aftermath.

Citrus Fruit Juices

Colours like lemon yellow, lime green and tangerine and the whole tonal scale of orange (from blood red to dull ochre) make up for the spectrum of the citrus. Citrus fruits provide you with the life saving and body repairing micro nutrient, vitamin C and hence are a dietary constituent included in most diet plans. Vitamin C is the nerve vitamin, one that keeps you going despite the germs, virus and the pollution. It is the healing vitamin and helps the body in building new tissue, thus helping in body repair when injured.

Oranges

When oranges are not squeezed for juice they are eaten by the dozens, especially in the season. But again some people don’t flirt with the orange much in their kitchens, except for using the zest to flavour desserts. Oranges pack vitamin C enough to rewrite the adage to “An orange a day keeps the doctor away”. All you got to do is add an orange to your breakfast, and start the day pepped up with vitamin C. You can also include any other citrus fruit juices like orange juice or grapefruit juice in your diet by taking them anytime during the day. Remember, that fresh fruit juices are the healthiest as they are natural and without any preservatives.

Oranges are seasonal treats and though they are very popular as a dessert fruit, they are increasingly becoming a part of our daily diets. Most oranges have a very short life approximately two weeks. They tend to shrivel up and become dull brown as they spoil. Wrapping different fruits in tissue paper helps in preservation.

Lemons

There’s hardly a household nowadays that sees the day through without the squeeze of a lemon. The lemon is most susceptible to frost than any other citrus fruit. Sweet lime is mildly sweet and has practically no acidic content. The aroma of citrus fruits comes from the oils present in the rind. Lemon and orange zest is liberally used as flavouring agents in various recipes and are also used in a variety of pickles. Many methods of pickling are aimed at preserving vitamin C, that can be destroyed whenever lemon is steamed, boiled or sautéed. A good bit is also lost when the cut surface is exposed to air.

Lemons can be preserved by putting them in airtight jars with heavy porcelain crocks and stone containers.

Grapefruits

A grapefruit is rich in ascorbic acid and thiamine and has a bitter taste but one cannot ignore the vast amount of vitamin C it contains. Grapefruit juice is included in most diet plans as drinking its juice (without sugar) first thing in the morning helps in fat reduction. As for its preservation it is best to use this fruit as soon as possible. If it is exposed to air for sometime the peel might become brown in colour and might lose its original flavour. If cut, it is advisable to use within 10-15mins as chances are that it will soon go stale.

Remember fruits are rich in vitamins but if exposed to air, can rapidly lose their vitamin content. Stale or cut vegetables have low vitamin C content. Many fruits and vegetables contain an enzyme called the ascorbic acid oxidase that destroys vitamin C. Therefore, to preserve the vitamin C content while cooking vegetables, it is advisable to bring them quickly to a high temperature in a short time in order to destroy this enzyme.

Jul
10

Here are some food preparation and food storage tips which will come in handy in lots of different recipes you’ll try. They will make cooking easier for you.

Food Storage

Almonds
To peel the skin, it is best to bring almonds to a boil. It makes the skin soft and easy to peel.

Bread
Store bread with the bag in a plastic container and seal well so no moisture gets in. Keep the bread in the freezer after use; it remains fresh for days this way.

Butter
To soften butter, use a grater. Save the wrappers in the freezer. Use them for greasing pans or as cake pan liners.

Cabbage
To make stuffed cabbages, place them in the freezer overnight, defrost and the leaves will peel off easily. To soften leaves for wrapping dolmas, dip in boiling water, then fill and roll.

Cheese
Cheese tastes best when served at room temperature. To cut cheese, a blunt knife is better than a sharp one. When grating, use refrigerated cheese and do not forget to spray the grater with oil.

Coriander
Coriander and other herbs can also be frozen in ice trays filled with water. You can also follow these tips to store herbs and spices.

Coffee
Coffee beans taste best when purchased whole and kept in freezer. Grind only what you need. A blender or a food-processor will do as well as an electric grinder. Create your own flavoured coffees by adding toasted almonds, chocolate, vanilla, orange or lemon peels and cinnamon before grinding the coffee beans.

Corn
Use a shoe horn to remove kernels. Massage some oil so that it comes off easily.

Cream
Cream whips better if cold. To chill cream before serving, keep it in a bowl in water with ice cubes.

Eggs
Fresh eggs are rough and chalky. Old eggs are smooth and shiny. Test for fresh eggs by placing them in a bowl of salted water. Discard the ones which rise to the surface.

Egg whites can be stored in a freezer for a year. They can be re-frozen after defrosting.

Fish
Rub lemon on utensils to eliminate fish odour. If using frozen fish, thaw overnight in the fridge. Don’t freeze fish for more than two months.

Flour
Buy and store flour in a freezer. Don’t buy in bulk especially if you live in a humid climate.

Tips to Store Food

Fruits
Buy fruits before they ripe and ripen them in a bowl at room temperature.

Garlic
Store garlic in the freezer, peel and chop before thawing. Sprinkle salt on garlic to prevent it from sticking to the knife. Soak garlic cloves in cold water for a few hours. Grind and store this garlic paste in air tight bottles and keep them in the fridge. It can last from a week to a fortnight.

Ginger
Fresh ginger is best. But for storage, peel and grind ginger and store in an air tight jar and keep it in the fridge.

Herbs and spices
Buy in small quantity. Keep them away from heat. Follow our tips for storing herbs and spices.

Iced Tea
You do not need to boil it. Place the, tea bag, sugar, lemon peel and mint in a jar filled with cold water overnight in the fridge.

Lemon and Lime
- To cut lemon or lime easily, dip in hot water for 15 minutes, roll on counter top before cutting.
- Save rinds in your freezer and use them when a recipe calls for zest.
- You may use lemon or lime juice on the cutting board and utensils to get rid of unpleasant smells.

Lettuce
Never serve wet lettuce. Wash it in cold water and seal in a bag with a paper towel to absorb moisture.

Meat
To tenderize meat, rub with vinegar, brown sugar, garlic or raw papaya with skin.

Nuts
To crack any nut, place it in a pillow case or a plastic bag before cracking.

Onions
Refrigerate onions or soak them in water before cutting to avoid tears. Use a sharp knife to peel.

Oranges
Place in a hot oven before peeling to removes white fibres while you peel.

Pasta
For perfect pasta, boil in salted water, stir in some oil, cover to let boil for some time, then turn off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes till done. Add butter or oil to water in order to prevent boil overs. It also keeps the pasta from sticking. Once you take out pasta from the hot water in a colander, run it under cold or tap water to prevent it from sticking together.

Popcorn
It stays fresh if sealed in bags.

Potatoes
- Use brown skinned potatoes for deep frying and baking, and red ones for boiling or steaming.
- Store potatoes in cool dry and dark place.
- Don’t ever store them with onions.

Rice
- When cooking, drain rice, run it under cold water to wash off the starch.
- Make packets of two or four cups separately and store in a freezer for convenience.

Green salad
Green salad is best when served cold. Store salad in a zip lock bag with a paper towel to prevent greens from going stale.

Salt
Put a few grains of raw rice in the salt shaker to prevent it from humidity and clogging.

Soups
Before adding veggies, toss them with flour to keep them from sticking at the bottom.

Vegetables
Prepare veggies in microwave as it takes less time and retains colour. You may also steam veggies in ice water to retain their colour.

How to prevent Cooking odours
To prevent cooking odours, boil or simmer a pot of water with some vinegar or lemon skin. Leave it in the kitchen for a while.

Jul
07

Kid’s parties are usually birthday parties or a fancy dress party with a theme. Children usually love to play with their age mates rather then focusing on food. But still if you want to arrange a party, make sure that no one goes hungry from your kids party. Moreover, the best party is one where not a single kid burst into tears. And it is possible only when your kid party contains interesting games with yummy food. Here are some tips to plan great food for your kids party.

Childrens Party Food

  1. Do not go for very complicated recipes. Keep the food simple.
  2. Include more sweet dishes in a kid party as kids love sweet dishes more then other food.
  3. Make that food item whose left over can be used after ward as there is a chance that some food may remain uneaten.
  4. Add more snacks in kid parties. Snacks are easily eaten by kids and take less time in making.
  5. Do not just have cake and ice cream for your kids party. Only sweet things make them irritated.
  6. Kids usually pay more attention towards games and gifts, so try to incorporate treats in games, like giving clue for finding treat.
  7. Time of the day also helps to decide which type of food items should be included in the party. If your party is at dinner, never rely just on cake and snacks. Go for some tummy filling foods like pizza or patties.
  8. If your kid party is based on some theme, serve food according to the theme. Like for a tea party and Mexican Fiesta, food should support your theme.
  9. Before making a list of the food items, check how much your wallet allows you to spend on food. Depending on that you can buy food from outside or can prepare at home. Preparing food at home is cheaper than buying from the restaurant.
  10. All food items should be completely prepared before the start of the party. Kids need you in party rather in the kitchen.
  11. Prefer making food at home. But if you are afraid that some thing would get spoilt by you, order food from a fast food restaurant, instead of giving kids bad mouth taste.
  12. Make food a little more than required. There are chances that some parents may stay with their kid or you have really invited some food lovers.
  13. Plan 2 drinks for each kid, because while playing, kids consume a lot of beverage.
  14. Write the names of every kid on his glass so that everyone uses only his glass every time.
  15. Any kids party is incomplete without a cake. The cake topping should be according to the theme of the party, and always prefer using light colour for topping than dark colours like red.
  16. You can bake cupcakes for kids party at home and decorate them with icings and chocolate balls.
  17. Avoid making dishes with large quantity of sauces. Kids spill sauces on their clothes.
  18. Take out ice cream from the crate and put it in cups before starting the party. Decorate cups with fruit toppings and some biscuits.
  19. Serve kids with water melon, straw berry or pine apple chunks from time to time during the party.
  20. Kids are very choosy when it comes to drinks. So make sure you add variety to the beverages like milk, juices, lemonade, water and soft drink, so kids can have a drink of their own choice.

It is important that you add healthy foods to your kids’ party also, and you can do this by adding vegetables, fruits and natural juices wherever possible. For example, you can serve fruits with ice cream and desserts.

In: General/ Posted by admin
Jul
03

Everyone loves to enjoy a tender, juicy and well cooked steak but every one cannot cook a great steak. Unlike other cooking techniques, steak cooking needs a little professional touch. If you do not know the technique properly, you are surely going to ruin a good piece of meat. Here are some great tips that will help you to fulfill your steak cooking wish easier to come true.

How to Cook Steaks

  1. Red meat and white meat steaks require different time and attention. Be sure to know which meat and which method you are going to select before you start cooking.
  2. For red meat, best parts for steaks are top lion or filet mignon.
  3. Take meat out of the refrigerator only 30 minutes before you start cooking your steaks.
  4. If meat is freeze, defrost it at room temperature first.
  5. Never go for microwave defrosting. It will ruin your meat to make steak.
  6. For seasoning, only use salt and pepper on both side of meat. Never go for too many ingredients for seasoning purpose.
  7. After seasoning, marinade steaks with your favourite sauces to enhance the flavour. You can either buy a sauce from the market or prepare it by your self by following a particular recipe.
  8. If you are thinking of grilling your steaks, pre-heat the grid for 10 minutes.
  9. Your oven or grid should be preheated up to 250 degrees.
  10. Before putting your steaks on the grid make sure that it is well heated. This will prevent juices from leaking out of steaks.
  11. Clean the grid properly before placing steaks on it. Oiling the grid lightly before placing the steaks will prevent them from sticking with the grid.
  12. Do not cook your steaks on very high heat as the outside of the steak will be cooked or get burnt while the inside will remain uncooked.
  13. Thin steaks take less time and can be cooked on high heat but thick steaks take more time, so cook them on medium heat for proper cooking.
  14. If you are cooking steaks in a pan, instead of oiling the pan, oil the steaks properly.
  15. Never touch steaks while they are being cooked unless you want to turn it over. This affects texture as well as the flavour of steaks, so turn them only once while cooking.
  16. For turning over a steak, never use a fork or knife. Always use a tong and properly handle the steak so that it does not slip while handling.
  17. To check whether steaks are prepared, never cut them with a fork or knife, as that will let juices leak from steak. Simply touch the steak with your finger tip in the middle. If it does not bounce back, it still needs to cook more but if you observe a little bounce, your steak is ready.
  18. If your grid has a lid, place steaks on it and cover it with the lid. Similarly, after turning over again cover the grid with lid. This will enhance the smell of your barbecue.
  19. After removing steaks from fire, let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. It will allow the juices to distribute properly in the meat and enhance the flavour.
  20. Always lay the table with sharp knives and warm plates for your steak meal.

Use these tips to help you in preparing steaks and enjoy juicy, tender steaks every time.

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Jul
02

The most important and sensitive time that comes in a woman’s life is when she expects a baby. During the entire pregnancy period, one needs to be extremely careful about the diet plan. During pregnancy, the mother and fetus both require more nutrition, so a proper schedule for taking meals must be followed. Normally, doctors also guide pregnant women about how they must take care of their meals throughout the day. Here are a few tips on meal planning and cooking for pregnant women.

Meal Planning for Pregnant Women

Tips for Pregnant Women

  1. While maintaining a schedule, try to add all the nutritious vegetables and fruits available in that season.
  2. As meat and chicken are available all over the year, add a sufficient quantity of all these to the diet plan.
  3. A proper balance must be created among the food items that are to be taken.
  4. Liquids in the form of fresh juices, milk or milk shakes are also very useful during pregnancy. By taking fresh juices, all the nutrition in the fruit immediately gets digested by the body.
  5. Taking fruits in their raw form seems a bit boring to some women. For all those, fruit juices are a refreshing alternative.
  6. Water intake must be increased to fulfill the requirements of both you and the unborn baby.
  7. Dairy food items have great nutrition embedded in them. Milk, cheese and butter; all provide different health benefits to the expectant mother.
  8. Milk is very important for pregnant women and also for the developing baby. These days flavored milk is available in all the foremost markets. Milk shakes also are a good option.
  9. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food must be taken in a ratio that it should cover all the requirements of the body. Your diet should have a variety to provide all sorts of nourishment.
  10. Women who have high blood pressure, must be very careful about their diet during pregnancy. Salt and egg create possibilities of high blood pressure and should be avoided during pregnancy.
  11. It is also noted that some women who have normal glucose level before pregnancy, experience an increase in their glucose level during pregnancy. It sometimes reaches to a point where it becomes very dangerous for the baby. In those cases, keep a regular check on the glucose level throughout the pregnancy period and avoid taking excess of sugar.
  12. Even after the pregnancy, do not start taking excess of sugar or salt; in fact increase the intake gradually.
  13. Everyone in the world can have allergies with certain food items. Some people cannot take raw onions in the salad, some cannot take lemon and peanut allergy is also very common. So pregnant women must stay away from foods which can cause allergy.
  14. During pregnancy try to avoid over cooked and spicy foods because they are considered to have less sustenance.
  15. For all those women who find eating difficult during the pregnancy period, take small meals after short intervals. For example, take something after every two hours.
Jun
29

Foods prepared at home are much safer and healthier than those cooked in restaurants, motels, hotels or elsewhere. There are many health benefits of homemade meals and snacks.

Homemade Meal

  1. The first and most important reason why homemade meals are good for health is that homemade meals are neat and clean. They provide the best level of hygiene that is possible. Your home provides a neat and tidy cooking environment. So, food cooked at home is healthier, cleaner and safer. Those who eat food cooked at home get a more pure form of food than restaurants or hotels. Also, since you will be in control of cooking at home, you will know exactly how you prepare your food.

    When eating in restaurants, you can never be sure of the hygienic conditions. Many workers of restaurants do not wash the vegetables properly and this makes them unhealthy.

  2. The second benefit of homemade meals is that eating out wastes money on food which is neither as good as a homemade meal, nor as healthy. Whenever you go to restaurants and motels for lunches, you pay twice as much as you would have spent on homemade dishes.
  3. Vegetables, fruits, grains, herbs and spices used in homemade meals are properly and thoroughly washed, cleaned, dried and cut. Hence, you get fresh and healthy food. Proper washing of uncooked stuff is very important and you can easily do that yourself in the neat environment of your home kitchen. Unhygienic food can be a major source of food poisoning, cholera and dysentery especially in kids.

    When food is properly cleaned and cut before cooking, all the essential nutrients and vitamins of the food are preserved. This entraps all the essential vitamins and minerals in the food.

  4. Working people should always prefer taking home made sandwiches and snacks for lunch rather then dining out daily. This will not only provide them with healthy food, but will also save the wastage of their money. It will also ensure good health and you will be sure about the quality of food.
  5. Although juice packs and fizzy drinks are commonly used these days, but they can never be compared with fresh homemade juices. Juices made at home are very healthy and should be taken especially with breakfast. Fresh homemade juices can also be taken to the work place apart from drinking carbonated beverages. Fizzy drinks and carbonated beverages are very harmful for bones and teeth as they demineralise the bony structure gradually. This makes bones weak and prone to easy fractures.
  6. The cooks at restaurants use the same oil for frying again and again. This oil is used the whole day, which spoils the health contents of fried food. At home you are sure of the quality and neatness of the cooking oil.

    Many restaurants also use oil containing trans-fats. These fats can cause many diseases of the heart and colon. They can also lead to high cholesterol levels, high fat in blood and hypertension.

Apart from these, home made meals are more nutritious, and are also low in fats. Most of the food you eat at restaurants is high in calories and has lots of unhealthy fats which can be harmful for the body and lead to problems like heart disease and obesity. People who dine out regularly are more prone to problems like weight gain and high blood pressure. Therefore, you should avoid dining out often and also avoid fast foods as they are unhealthy and lack in nutrients. Cooking at home can also be used as a great way to spend quality time with your kids and family. So make sure you cook and eat homemade meals and dine out less so you can stay healthy and fit.

Jun
28

A good immune system means to have more resistance against infectious disease. It also means that the body constantly produces effective ways of shielding away various diseases and toxic substances from the body. A proper diet can serve the purpose of improving the defensive mechanism of the body against various infections and illnesses. Many foods contain nutrients that help to boost your immune system and make your body systems more strong against infections. These foods should be made part of your daily diet plan to help fight infections and diseases.

One of the best ways of boosting up the immune system is having a healthy diet containing all the essential nutrients. It means consuming a diet containing carbohydrates, proteins, essential fats, vitamins, minerals. In this diet presence of even trace elements is also very important.

A well balanced diet comprises of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains. These foods help to improve the digestive procedures effectively and safely. When digestion takes place in a proper way, it enables the body systems to be less prone to health related hazards.

Many heart diseases and cancers are caused by free radicals. These free radicals can prove to be injurious and toxic to the body; hence their effective removal is very important. Free radicals are removed and oxidized by fresh fruits and vegetables.

There are certain fruits and vegetables that are very effective in providing a good immune system. Some of these along with their effective health benefits are listed below:

Apples – Apples are a rich source of potassium, iron, magnesium and silicon. They help in fighting many types of fevers and inflammation. They also improve the healing process of even the worst wounds. Apples contain substances that help in improving the digestive system of the body and help in cleaning the large and small intestines. They also have a laxative effect which helps in the easy digestion of food and improve the passage of food through the gut. In this way raw apples help to prevent constipation and colic diseases.

Blueberries – Blueberries have the highest content of antioxidants than any other fruit or berry has. Blueberries help to protect various systems of the body including the nervous system, digestive system and urinary system. The pigments that impart the blue colour to these berries are very useful in boosting the immune properties of the body. Mental health and memory is greatly improved by adding these berries in diet.

Garlic – The most important function of garlic is that it clears away the mucous membranes of the throat, lungs, sinuses and nose. In this way, it helps to protect the body against many airway diseases, cough and allergies. Garlic is a powerful antibiotic and antioxidant and also helps in the reduction of cholesterol in the blood.

CabbageGreen leafy vegetables are very helpful in preventing against various types of cancers. They contain substances that detoxify and remove toxins and cancer causing substances from the body. This property makes them ideal for daily consumption.

A good diet should exclusively include fresh fruits and vegetables to improve the defences of the body. It should also have a healthy amount of proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats along with fiber.

Jun
25

Microwave cooking is really a great gift for those who want their meal to get ready in a few minutes. Most of us usually use our home microwave for reheating our meal, for making popcorn or just for melting chocolate. But here are some great tips that will allow you to add microwave cooking to your daily routine and will help to cut short the time you spend in the kitchen. We also have some tips on microwave cooking to make it easy for you to use the microwave.

Microwave Cooking

  1. Always use those dishes in the microwave which are recommended.
  2. Plastic papers, wood and glass can be used easily in the microwave.
  3. Never use metal pots in the microwave as it will produce sparkling.
  4. Microwave heat can penetrate only up to 1 and 1½ inches so always use a big dish or container for your recipe to properly cook food.
  5. A microwave always takes approximately 6 minutes per pound of food. This is for fruits, veggies and poultry etc. but sea food usually take less time. Be sure to read the time carefully required by your recipe when using a microwave.
  6. If you drop the power, the microwave will take more time for cooking.
  7. If you are used to your simple oven, you can easily convert the temperature of simple oven into microwave temperature for a particular dish. Microwave on 100% power is about similar to 425 degree of simple oven and 50% power will be approximately equal to 350 degree oven.
  8. Always arrange food in the dish in such a way that thick parts come at edges and thinner in center. It will allow the heat to distribute properly. A dish with a cone in the centre is always recommended.
  9. Always cover the dish container with a lid or plastic wrapper.
  10. Always try to use as much fewer liquids as possible in the microwave. If milk and water is required for a dish, go for milk only.
  11. If you are going to make any dish using baking soda or other such ingredients, leave for some time to allow these agents to work properly before putting the dish into the microwave.
  12. You do not need to add oil for preventing food from sticking in the microwave oven because food does not stick in moist heat of the microwave.
  13. Cut all ingredients of a recipe in uniform size for uniform cooking.
  14. Spray your food or grease it with oil for crusty look on baked items.
  15. By adding low fat cheese and other topping at the end of cooking will prevent the top from becoming tough and soggy.
  16. 20% of microwave food is cooked after removing from microwave, so serve the food after 5 minutes from removing from microwave.
  17. Stay away while uncovering the dish taken out from microwave as hot steam comes out of the container first. Similarly use kitchen cloth or gloves for handling anything which comes out of the microwave.
  18. Flavour of herbs and spices is usually enhanced in the microwave, so always use them in less quantity then usual.
  19. Salt taste also increases in the microwave, so use it in lesser quantity.
  20. Always keep your microwave clean from inside. An untidy microwave can greatly affect your recipe.
  21. Always set the microwave at 1 minute for reheating your food.
  22. Never cover your dish container with aluminum foil as it produces sparkling.
  23. Microwave cooking is best for low fat cooking.
  24. Fats from food in the microwave can easily be drained away by placing food in microwave between two paper towels.
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