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II Utensils Hints and Tips II

When two glasses are stuck together, fill the top one with cold water and dip the bottom one in hot water
Cutting boards: to get rid of onion, garlic or fish smells, cut a lemon or lime in half and rub the board. Or use a baking soda and water paste.
Scratches in glassware will disappear if polished with toothpaste. Tackle slightly deeper blemishes with brass polish or jeweler's polishing powder.
Wooden spoons are best for stirring or scraping in the modern kitchen. As they don't get hot and won't scratch non-stick coatings. Soak new ones in white vinegar overnight to prevent them absorbing food smells.
Don't throw away an old lemon. Cut it in half, put some salt on its surface, and apply it to your copper pot they will shine like new.
To make stainless steel shine, rub it with lemon peel, or, soak them in club soda, wait till the fizz is gone, and then rinse and dry.
Clean your thermos by adding a few tablespoons of baking soda & filling with warm water. Let stand; rinse thoroughly.
Don't throw away the residue left after pressing out water from soaked tamarind. Add little salt and use to scrub copper utensils and brassware to bring a shine. Them wash them thoroughly with detergent and water .
Place a sturdy sauté pan on the stove over high heat. When the pan starts to smoke, rub a teaspoon of salt along the inside. (Careful - the pan will be hot!) This makes the pan less absorbent, so that when oil is used, it won't soak into the pan, necessitating the addition of more oil during cooking. Season your pan often - at least once a week if possible.


 

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