Tips to Cook By

OK.  We may not be Oxford chefs, but even they need good tips for the kitchen.  Thank goodness Rasila Mamtora is providing us with some that are easy to remember and apply. Bookmark this page and use them:

  • When you boil potatoes add a little salt, so it will not crack the skin and will make it easier to peel off.
  • To keep ants from entering your favorite jars, put a few cloves in the flour and sugar.
  • If you cut your finger, apply a piece of burnt cotton and the blood will stop faster.
  • Left over rice? Stir fry it with fresh vegetables and have it.
  • If your thermos smells, put 1 cup of butter milk with salt in side and wash it. The smell will be gone.
  • Wrap any green vegetables or garlic in brown paper to keep it fresh for a long time.
  • Put oil or ghee (purified butter) when you make rice so the grains will not stick.
  • If you put additional salt in any dish, add some mashed potato or 2 – 3 spoon milk, the taste will be ok.
  • When you make okra (lady’s finger) veggie, drop some lemon juice it will be crispy.
  • To keep bananas fresh longer, take wet cloth and wrap it, put in a white plastic bag and refrigerate them. The skin will turn black but the inside will remain good.
  • For more crispy and brown potato, cut inside and then bake it. Keep the skin on when u make it, it is nutritious and healthy.
  • When you cut the bread border wet the sides and then cut it. The sandwich will remain in good shape.
  • For a red veggie gravy put 2 tbsp of filtered coffee. The colors will remain good and intact.
  • If you will store your ice cream with zip lock it will remain soft and your spoon will not bend any more.
  • Roll the lemon with light pressure using your palm on a platform before you cut or juice it.
  • Always peel ginger with spoon. It is easier due to the fibrous texture.
  • For left over cake, put some bread slices on the outer edges, so cake will remain soft and moist.
  • To open a tight jar, face the lid on a your stove flame for 3 seconds. Use a cloth to turn the lid and it will open easily.

– Rasila Mamtora


Rasila Mamtora loves nature because she believes nature is the only thing that keeps us alive. She feels the energy between all living things. Rasila is an Indian woman born in small beautiful village named Limdi in Gujarat, India. She has lived in a large-joint family who care about each other. She recollects her Grandma treating her and her siblings with natural aroma medicine when they were sick. Rasila’s Grandma was a strong believer of ‘Au Naturel’. She feels she has inherited the trade genetically. Rasila feels God speaks every hour in nature and through its unlimited broadcasting system . “We must be willing to tune in. GOOD LUCK don’t forget to smile,” she says.

Cover Photo Oxford Chef School by Jorge Royan from Wikimedia Commons

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