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8 Tips and tricks probably you didn’t know before!

tips and tricks

Here are some tips and tricks worth knowing, it will help you and save your time. Some were totally new to me and wished i knew from before!

1- Testing egg freshness

PrintEggshells have pores that allows air to get in over time. The more air enters the egg the lighter it gets, which explains why it will float. So if it floats, get rid of it!

2- Don’t touch the cheese with your hands

don't touch the cheese with your handsDon’t touch the cheese with your hands while cutting, the bacteria from your fingers promotes mold faster. Either wear gloves or keep your hands over the plastic wrap of the cheese.

3- Store the salsa jars upside down

salsa jars upside downStore the salsa jars upside down in the fridge, this way it prevents mold from sprouting up.

4- Separate the bananas at the stems to prevent quick ripening

seperate bananasIf you want your bananas to last longer, separate them at the stem. The reason bananas ripen more quickly when they’re not separated is because they emit ethylene gas. A bunch of bananas together lasts 5-7 days but when you break them apart they can last up to 14-17 days!

5- Place a wooden spoon to keep water from boiling over pots

use wooden spoon for boiling waterA wooden spoon pops the bubbles when they are in contact, plus it can absorb some of the moisture, so water stays down and don’t boil over. Metal spoons don’t have same effect!

6- Roll the lemon before squeezing

roll the lemonRoll the lemon or any citrus fruit applying a bit of pressure before juicing. This way you burst the tiny cells in the lemon flesh to give more juice!

7- Pepper bumps

peppersPeppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating while peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

8- Rub your hands with stainless steel to remove the odor

stainless-steel-for-onion-smell-on-handsAfter working with garlic, onion or fish, rub your hands vigorously on your stainless steel sink for 30 seconds before washing them. If your sink is not made of stainless steel, simply rub a stainless steel spoon, It will remove the odor. Now you can buy a soap like piece of stainless steel from some supermarkets.

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small tricks to revamp your classic spaghetti bolognese

spaghetti bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese is a classic. Very simple recipe with no much ingredients. But small tricks transform it to a delicious dish for the whole family including toddlers.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 300g ground beef
  • one large chopped onion
  • two big chopped garlic clove
  • puree of 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cognac
  • 1 tsp sugar


spaghetti bolognese tutorialIn a casserole pan on a medium heat add a splash of olive oil and cook the onion and garlic with a dash of salt, only for 5 minutes before adding the ground beef.

When the meat starts to brown add the tomato puree with a cup of water.

When it starts to boil add the cognac and sugar. Don’t worry about alcohol for your kids, cooking will take it away.

Cook for 15 minutes on medium flame, then serve it on a bed of spaghetti.

Sprinkle over a little parmesan for a deeper flavour!

spaghetti bolognese 2


onion guide

Have you ever been confused which onion to use? Choosing the wrong type will not ruin your food but with the right onion you will enhance your dish and make you a more professional cook.

onion guide