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Short Kitchen Tips

Updated on March 15, 2013

Kitchen tips

Every woman knows some little tricks in the kitchen. I made a list of some short kitchen tips with my mother. Hopefully you will find them useful. If you know some short kitchen tips, please contact me and I will add them, or you can write them down in comment section.

I have learned so many new things while I was preparing this lens. It is amazing how can some things can be done in such a easy and logical way.

Some tips about spices

Which spice is famous in oriental cuisine?

Star anise goes well with oriental cuisine, especially pork, duck, chicken, vegetables, and fish dishes. Ordinary Anise is mainly used to prepare desserts, cake and pie.

Which spice is the essential ingredient of Mediterranean cuisine?

Marjoram has more delicate flavor than oregano. Originates from the Mediterranean, and is used in the preparation of sauces based on tomatoes, French, Italian and Greek dishes, dishes of poultry, game, seafood and eggplant, and pasta, pizza.

Which spice is rich source of vitamins and minerals?

Parsley is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Adding fresh chopped parsley just before serving gives color and flavor to sauces, salads, potatoes, omelettes, stews, fish, meat and poultry, spreads of soft cheeses.

Which spice is synonymous with Mexican cuisine?

Chili is type of hot and sweet peppers grown in Mexico. It is used to spice many savory dishes and spicy sauces. Capsicine contains a substance that gives hot chili flavor, so it should be placed at the end of cooking.

Which spice is often associated with game?

Juniper berry is the fruit of the evergreen shrub, is used in cooking with game (the venison, wild boar), for marinades, sauces, sausages and cabbage, and as a flavoring for gin.

Which is one of the most expensive spices?

For 500 g of seasoning is needed 250,000 garden saffron flowers, and is one of the most expensive spices. Saffron is a spice with pungent flavor and beautiful yellow color that goes well with fish dishes, braised poultry, beef, tomato-based sauces, sweet breads and biscuits.

Which spice is used when you have problems to digest food?

Thyme helps to digest heavy foods and is added to dishes of mutton, pork, duck or goose and roasted vegetables. It fits the tastes of other spice plants (particularly rosemary) and amplifies them without overcoming them when they are cooked together.

What spice can be used for coating meat or fish during cooking?

Rosemary has a strong and assertive flavor. A favorite for meat (veal, lamb, poultry), dishes cooked with wine, olive oil and garlic in a tomato-based sauces or in combination with stuffed cabbage. Stalks with leaves you can put in oil and use to coat the fish or meat on the grill.

Origin of spices?

Spice plants began to grow thousands of years ago in Egypt, China, India, Arabia, Persia and Greece. Many spices originate from Asia, such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and pepper. American continents gave allspice, vanilla and chili, Mediterranean thyme, sage, bay leaf, oregano, rosemary, and northern Europe cumin, dill and juniper berries.

Besides the mulled wine, where else we can use clove?

Clove is an aromatic spice that goes well with braised beef, lamb, pork, grilled ham and bacon, biscuits, gingerbread cookies, fruit cakes, mulled wine.

With which cheeses you can combine basil?

With less spicy and young cheeses, especially ricotta and mozzarella.

With which spices basil gets along?

Basil gets along very well with parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage and saffron, and is particularly valued as a spice in Italian and French cuisine.

What is a bouquet garni?

Bouquet garni is a French term for a bundle of herbs that is put in the preparation of various dishes. It consists of parsley, thyme and bay leaves wrapped with aromatic celery or green part of leeks.

In what dishes you can use cumin?

Cumin is a unique addition to savory dishes, meat casseroles, tomato-based sauces, pickled cabbage, Mexican and Indian dishes.

With which dishes goes well nutmeg?

Nutmeg goes well with roasted or steamed fruits, sauces, pasta, vegetables. Add it to in the end of cooking the meal, because the warmth weakens its flavor.

What pepper should be used in savory dishes with cheese?

When seasoning savory cheese dishes use white pepper.

Simple dishes that can be enriched with the aroma of basil?

Various fish or meat risotto, mussels, polenta and pizza.

What parts of dill you can use and where?

Dill seeds and leaves are used equally. The leaves go with cheese, sour cream, sauces, fish, potatoes, cucumbers, and the seeds (which facilitate digestion) with greasy stews, rice, boiled root vegetables. Add it at the end of cooking because it loses flavor with cooking.

What central European cuisine often uses cumin?

Cumin is the most popular in German and Austrian cuisine, where it is used as a condiment for bread and in dishes of pasta, potatoes, sausage, and fatty meats. Seeds aid with digestion.

Which herbs make Provencal herbs?

Provencal herbs are blends of herbs - oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram and savory. A good addition to any dish from the Mediterranean regions, especially they work well in stews and sauces, with baked tomatoes on pizza.

Which is one of the main spices of French cuisine?

Tarragon is one of the main spices of French cuisine. Goes well with the classic sauces (tartar), omelettes, boiled fish, mushrooms, poultry.

What is the most famous Chinese cuisine spice?

Ginger, chopped, crumbled or cut into sticks used as a flavoring in dishes of meat, fish, vegetables, cheese dishes, for boiled and roasted fruits, cakes, puddings, cakes and mulled wine.

What is the most important spice for pesto sauce?

Basil is one of the most important spices. It is used in almost all dishes, and fresh picked leaves are great in salads and tomato. The most famous basil sauce is pesto (a mixture of basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts).

What is the main spice in everyday cooking?

Salt is an essential ingredient in everyday cooking. Salt is a flavoring, preservative, and a source of sodium and chloride necessary for the regulation of muscle and nerve activity. Salt helps to develop flavor in salt mixtures and most doughs for cakes and breads require a pinch of salt.

How to prepare and use salt with basil?

Dried chopped basil leaves mix with salt and use for the preparation of fish or meat.

How is in different parts of the world used cinnamon?

Cinnamon's inner bark is used as a spice. In Europe, its use is restricted to sweets, and in the East it is put in stews, lamb dishes, poultry and pork.

How to use sage?

Sage has found its place in the meat dishes (as part of the stuffing for poultry), in risotto, cheese dishes and salads. Goes well with rosemary, oregano, parsley, bay leaf, thyme. Goes well with fatty foods because it helps digestion.

How to use coriander?

All parts of coriander are used in cooking. The leaves have a mild taste like anise, so they are well suited to soups and stews, the seeds are sweet, and are placed in a poultry dishes, and pickled vegetables. The root is used with roasted meats, salads, fish, poultry, yogurt, tomato sauce.

How to use mint?

Fresh mint, spearmint is best for sauce with lamb, with dishes made from new potatoes, peas and carrots. Peppermint is used as a flavoring for liqueurs, sweets, desserts based on lemon and strudels. Goes well with spices such as parsley, coriander, pepper, garlic, cardamom and basil.

How to use paprika?

Ground pepper gives the appealing flavor of dishes from poultry, game, fish, as well as soups, stews, rice and cream-based sauces.

What is the most famous and most expensive flavoring for cakes?

Vanilla is expensive spice, and it comes in beans. Goes well with chocolate, coffee, puddings, ice cream, fruit desserts, and in small amounts it goes well with savory veal and seafood.

Some tips about potatoes

Why is potato good in your diet?

Due to the low sodium content, it is suitable for patients who are suffering from high blood pressure and is recommended in the diet of diabetics.

Why is it important to peel the potatoes as thin as possible?

Because beneath the skin is the largest part of vitamin C.

When to mash potato?

When preparing mashed potatoes or a potato dough, always strain potatoes while still warm.

How to store cleaned potatoes prior to heat treatment?

If you peeled away prematurely or sliced raw potatoes, it will not darken if you kept it in cold water until use.

When to season potatoes?

When cooking and baking potato season it before, and when grilling it at the end of the heat treatment.

How to pick potatoes for winter food?

Select only preserved quality potatoes with a thin shell and shallow holes.

How to elevate the potato salad?

Potato salad will taste better if cooked and sliced potatoes while still warm, are seasoned with oil, and white wine.

How to avoid stains on your fingers when cleaning young potato?

If you scrape young potatoes under water, it will leave you less spots on the hands, and the rest of the stains can be removed with lemon juice.

How to reduce the absorption of fat in frying potatoes?

If you want the potatoes to absorb less fat when frying, before frying cut it to larger sticks.

For which dishes we should use smooth potatoes, and for which we should use potato with rough bark?

When preparing meals we usually distinguish two types of potatoes: with smooth and rough bark. Potatoes with smooth bark are used for salads, baking and frying potatoes and potatoes with rough bark is used to prepare dough and mashed potatoes.

Photo credit: mindwhisperings / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

How to dry and preserve fresh herbs, crispy baked potato, washing the vegetables...


Put parsley into the soup in the last minute, so that it wouldn't lose any nutritional value when cooking.

Chop parsley and put it into a glass bottle in layaers, and between the layers sprinkle with salt. Like this the parsley will stay fresh for few weeks.

You can chop the parsley leaves and freeze it in a bag or bowl of ice, so you will always have fresh parsley.

Parsley, celery leaves and dill wash and dry, tie it all up and leave in the shade hanging, and if you want to keep a nice green color, keep it in the sun for some time.

Washing vegetables

Vegetables in which are eaten parts that grow underground (eg carrots) are washed under cold running water, where it is eaten overground part - under running lukewarm water.

Cooking green vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are cooked in open pot not to lose their green color. You need to cook it in a little water and for a short time.

Keeping asparagus fresh

Asparagus will stay fresh for several days if their stems are wrapped up with a damp cloth.

Scrubbing horseradish

You will not cry when scrubbing horseradish, if before scrubbing it you leave it in the freezer and freeze.

Chopping onions

Do you cry when chopping onions – well, put it in the freezer for 15 minutes and you won't have that problem anymore.


Cut lemon dries pretty quick and therefore I recommend that the cut part sprinkle with salt. Before reusing it, cut thin slice and throw it, while the rest you can use.

Fresh lemons put in a bigger glass bowl and fill with cold water. Lemons will have softer crust and later they will give more juice.

Fried potatoes

Potatoes will be more crispy if before cooking it in hot fat, you sprinkle it with little flour.

Another way of getting crispiness is that before frying you put it in hot salty water for few minutes, wipe with cloth and then fry.

You can prepare yourself french fries easily for quick use. Peeled potatoes cut into bars, boil them in hot water for few minutes, and when they get cool put them in a bag and freeze.

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    • audrey07 profile image


      5 years ago

      Ginger is widely used in Chinese cooking. It is commonly used when steaming fish to get rid of the fishy smell.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks for the kitchen tips! I have mint in the garden (lots of mint) and wasn't sure what to use it with.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I need all the help I can get in the kitchen.

    • Jo-Jackson profile image


      5 years ago

      Lots of useful information. Thanks for sharing.

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      Glen Kowalski 

      5 years ago

      Great tip with the potatoes and flour-I'll give that try tonight I think. Personally I don't think pulled pork is 'right' if you don't add a little Caribbean Jerk seasoning and a cinnamon stick or two. Great list of idea-good job.

    • pumpum profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @casquid: Thank you very much, i am so glad to hear that.

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      5 years ago

      This is a wonder reference lens. I will refer to it again and again. Keep writing!

      Angel Blessed!!

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      5 years ago

      Great tips! I hope your tips would help other.

    • pumpum profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @LiliLove: Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      Great tips - thanks for sharing!

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      5 years ago

      @gravityx9: Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      Great tips and love the kitchen gadgets!

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      5 years ago

      @FunMoneyBusiness: Thank you!

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'll have to try putting the onion in the freezer before slicing trick. Recently I've shed lots of onion tears! Thanks for the tips!

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      Sharyn Read 

      5 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      What a treasure trove of useful information, hints and tips!

    • pumpum profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: You are most welcome, glad you find it helpful :)

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      5 years ago

      @kerryhrabstock: I am glad to hear that.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Nice lens.

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      5 years ago

      @MakeHairBows: Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      Very interesting lens... thanks...

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      5 years ago

      @angharad: You are welcome, I am glad you find it useful!

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      5 years ago

      I didn't know most of these things about spices. Thanks for posting these great tips!

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      5 years ago

      @Deadicated LM: Thank you very much.

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      Deadicated LM 

      5 years ago

      Great Lens, love the gadget selection too.

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      5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      Nicely put together tips!


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