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|When you buy food (like nuts or berries) that comes in a ziploc bag, after using up the contents save the empty bag to dispose of food waste for a day or two, resealing it to prevent odor. This really reduces bad smells and bugs.
|Bananasicle: Freeze a banana to eat like a popsicle, but much richer, tastier, and healthier.
|Like fish and meat shops, vegetable shops could have counters to clean, cut, and package vegetables bought by customers. Saves time at home and may actually increase the consumption of vegetables.
|It would be useful to have a vacuum packing option at fresh food shops. Keeps food longer.
|To save time in the kitchen: grind in a (mini) food-processor large quantities (separately) onions, ginger, garlic etc. Put in clean glass bottles and just cover in good (light) oil. Refrigerate. Use as needed and don't add any oil while cooking.
|Trans fats contribute to heart disease that may kill several million people a year. Food product manufacturers should be required to put the amount of this fat on food labels.
|Colored salt. That way you could see how much salt you put on your food.
|Chinese food is worldwide, except Chinese dessert, like almond cream, sesame shakes, or azuki sundaes with condensed milk. Sell them in big city, where people are willing to try something new. If you try this, please e-mail me. (restaurant,cafe,recipe)
|To help poor people who can't afford the high price of staple foods, we can reduce food prices by cutting demand for food. Let's all eat less rice and other grains and especially less meat, which requires much grain to produce.
|Encourage the growth of health conscious takeaway food shops, independent or as a part of the supermarkets, to save time on cooking at home every day.
|Instead of buying products made by huge multi-nationals, actually let free-trade work and seek to buy products made in poorer countries and shipped direct to our stores. Cutting out the middlemen will help the poor producers more. Examples: tea and coffee
|Women who might have children should eat enough folic acid (200 micrograms/day) before and during early pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects, a common type of birth defect.
|To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop, or add soap and a little water to pan before it cools.
|Hamburger gravy: Brown 1 pound ground beef with onions and diced green peppers, salt, pepper, and 1 beef bullion cube, add 1 can mushroom soup, heat thru, serve over canned biscuits or instand mashed potatoes. Yummy!
|"Sour Stardust": like Pixie Stix but sour, similar to the sour sugar shaken off from the bottom of a bag of Sour Skittles or Sour Patch Kids.
|Pressure cookers have fixed mass weights for the pressure release valves. These should be replaced by a set of 3 detachable weights to allow low, medium and high pressure cooking as necessary, depending on the food being cooked, to save fuel consumption.
|Instead of fuel wasting thick-walled pressure cookers with lids needing to be locked on, we can use much thinner-walled cookers with variable weight pressure-liftable lids, to save fuel and preclude excessive pressure build-up and vessel bursts.
|When washing dishes in your dishwasher, use white vinegar in the rinse compartment instead of those expensive rinse solutions. The dishes would never be more clean and they would actually squeak.
|To keep your refrigerator smelling fresh, put a cut piece of lemon inside the fridge. This reduces the bad odors.
|If your milk flow stops due to a clogged duct during breastfeeding, try holding a warm hard-boiled egg on the site to warm and loosen the clog.
|To get kids to eat healthy food, feed them only healthy food from weaning: diced or pureed vegetables or fish fillet cooked with rice & extra water (congee), raisins for dessert (never junk food), tiny bread pieces for breakfast (never cereal).
|Almost 80-95% of the fuel used in conventional cooking, even with pressure cookers, is wasted. Most of this can be avoided by using thermally insulated cooking vessels or by transferring the vessels to insulated boxes once boiling point has been reached.
|If you buy a $3 lunch from school every day, pack your lunch for one week every month and become a $19/month St. Jude Children's Memorial Hospital sponsor. This is a simple way to save a dying child's life.
|Produce and market high protein quick meals for the niche market of bodybuilding. There are many supplements available out there, but food is better for you than a supplement. Email me for more info.
|For a simple dessert, slice 20 dates, 10 gms. almonds & grind 4 cardamoms. Boil 1/2 lit. milk & add 200 gms of sugar, the dates & almonds until it thickens. Add the cardamom powder just before taking off-heat. Serve cold with raisin & cherry dressing.
|Sugar that floats so that it doesn't sink to the bottom of the cereal bowl, but would melt in hot coffee.
|Clean Indian fish dishes: Select flaked fish pieces eg. Mackerel, Ling, Cod etc. Marinate in salt and chilli powder over night. BBQ (medium). Prepare a gravy (U like) from a recipe book. Add fish. Cook for 5 minutes. Eat with rice.
|After making a cup of tea or coffee, add an ice cube to cool it faster so that you can drink it.
|For a simple dessert, cut a mango or melon in half, and put a scoop of ice cream in the middle.
|Why not have a new mode of slimming? Donate the money you save on food while dieting/fasting to any site of choice, e.g. freedom from hunger or thehungersite.com
|Stir and boil a cup of milk with 4 spoons of sugar, 2 cardamoms, & 6 crushed cashew-nuts until it's thick. Then cool it. Slice apples & oranges. Sprinkle on a pinch of rock salt. Pour the milk over the fruits just before serving. Dress with mint leaves.
|Try cooking meals that were popular in ancient times. A huge number of recipes can be found here. They include Egyptian, Native American, Roman, and more!
|To open the caps of a new jar, I put a rubberband around it for a firm grip. Putting a little extra torque than usual opens the cap easily. This is my own original tried and tested trick you can use.
|Place sticky (honey, syrup, molasses and oil) containers on plastic lids in the cupboard or fridge to avoid sticky messes.
|Take several polythene plastic bags, punched with holes, when you go vegetable shopping. Put your vegetables into these bags to save time when you get back, where you can straightaway wash them (the water drains off) and store them in the refrigerator.
|A battery heated ice cream scoop.
|To avoid crying, cut the onions into two parts and place them in water for a few minutes before chopping them.
|To bake potatoes quickly, place them in salt water for 15 minutes before baking.
|Make sweet & sour pot pies, like the sauce you put over rice. Both chicken and pork are good-tasting in sweet & sour sauce. You may even want to put rice in with the sauce.
|If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, place it in freezer for a few minutes.
|Sell frozen coffee cubes. That way, perfectly brewed, fresh coffee can keep long-term and be served quickly and easily.
|Putting 3-4 cloves in the sugar container will keep the ants at bay.
|To prevent formation of ice, rub table salt on the insides of your freezer.
|If the lid of a roti maker could be turned 180 degrees (instead of ~90 degrees now), we could use the lid also as another pan (say for dosas).
|When cooking crab, take off the back shell first. Cut the crab in half, and gut the crab. Then cook it in well seasoned water. Taking out the guts first makes the crab far sweeter. Then use the shell to make the crab look whole in presentation.
|Use of brass and copper vessels in the kitchen is good for health and keeping food fresher longer. Use of copper metal utensils for drinking water reduces bacteria and increases healthy minerals.
|Brown ground beef with onion, green pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. When browned, stir in 1 can mushroom soup. This makes a tasty hamburger gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes or noodles for quick and easy comfort food.
|Do not store any items in the freezer in any way that requires a person to take an item out of the freezer, partly thaw it, separate it into two or more parts and then return some of the parts to the freezer. Individually freeze items.
|Plan meals so that if oven is started, it is used for at least two items. In worst case, bake an item for next day's meal or to give a meal to a person in need.
|A refrigerator marinator rotisserie with timer. It is used in massive industrial food preparation, but my idea is for individuals to prepare their food like organic foods to their liking.