TEN THINGS to Help You in the Kitchen

I love LISTS and I love things being organized in box-type containers. A TEN THINGS list is like that!  I enjoy writing things in a structured, contained way. You will find links to all the TEN THINGS posts at the end of each. ENJOY!

1. A great way to get your spaghetti not to stick together in clumps when cooking is to put a spoonful of coconut oil or butter into the boiling water (about the time you add the salt) before popping the spaghetti in to cook.

2. Making your own butter is SO EASY and so much healthier than buying butter. Buy organic cream or scoop the cream off the raw milk you order. Fill a small jar about 2/3 full of cream – leave space for it to expand. Then you and your family take turns shaking the jar for about half an hour. Its so exciting to see the butter form! You can open the jar periodically to peep – you will clearly see a solid yellow lump when the butter is ready and the buttermilk will be separate. Pour off the buttermilk and keep it for some yummy baking. Mush the butter gently with a spatula to get the last of the buttermilk out and then put your soft butter into a container in the fridge overnight – BEAUTIFUL!

3. Coconut oil is wonderful for your health and makes a great replacement for butter. It is the oil extracted from coconuts (cold-pressed) and is a solid at room temperature (so its very stable and safe for cooking with). If you want the best quality breast milk for your baby – eat coconut oil! We use it in stir frys, baking, spread on bread or waffles, or just straight into toddlers mouth – they love it!

4. For an easy way to get the pip out of an avocado, cut the avo in half and then whack the pip with the knife so that the knife sticks into the pip – and pull the pip out! Keep the avo pip on top of your salad for a couple of hours until you serve it to prevent the avo from discolouring.

5. After making pesto (basil, parsley, etc.) freeze it overnight and then defrost in the fridge overnight again. It will then last in the fridge for about 3 weeks and you can scoop out a bit anytime you need without needing to defrost.

6. To cut down on your salt intake grind up some dried herbs in your blender or coffee grinder (basil, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary), then combine half salt, half herb mix to make a great homemade herbal salt.

7. Replacing sugar with honey or jaggery in most recipes will be tasty and healthier for you!

8. For quick & easy soup chop 1 potato (skin on), 1 carrot and 1 large leek and then add about 2 cups of any vegetable you like – brocolli, cauliflower, butternut, peas, etc. Cover with water, add 1T soup stock and boil till vegetables are soft. Blend the soup, add salt and cream to taste and ENJOY!

9. For a cheap and healthy cleaner – use VINEGAR! Clean surfaces, sinks, stovetop, floors, oven and inside of cupboards with a little vinegar on a clean cloth.

10.  Not enough time to make a proper quiche with crust and all? – try a delicious crustless quiche for a quick and easy healthy meal!

This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday

“And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken [meat] that was left seven baskets full. ” Matthew 15v37

TEN THINGS POSTS

TEN THINGS We Love About ‘Read-Aloud’ Lounge Time
TEN THINGS We No Longer Value and What Has Replaced Them
TEN THINGS about Family Fun Night
TEN THINGS “I Do Notice, Mommy”
TEN THINGS about Geography with Little Ones
TEN THINGS To Do with Edible Seeds
TEN THINGS to Help You in the Kitchen
TEN THINGS About My Days

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