Essential Cleaning for Kitchen!

Essential Cleaning for Kitchen!

Maintaining a spick and span kitchen can sometimes be quite a burdensome task. But it is crucially important to have a hygienic kitchen to have a healthy lifestyle.

So to help you out, here are some of the best kitchen-cleaning hacks!

1. Cleaning the Refrigerator

  • Having an immaculate refrigerator is pivotal for having a healthy lifestyle.
  • At least once a week, empty the refrigerator (it would be more convenient for you to do this just before restocking).
  • clean the whole fridge, with the help of a cloth immersed in cool soapy water.

For the monthly clean;

  • Remove all the shelves and drawers of the fridge, and wipe them using a cool damp cloth.
  • Wipe down the interior of the fridge as well. You can use an old toothbrush to clean tough spots.
  • If your shelves are made of glass, let them warm up to room temperature and then wipe them with warm water. (so that there is no risk of shattering)
  • Dry everything using an old towel.
  • Wipe the exterior of the fridge as well and polish it using a microfiber cloth.
  • If your fridge has a freezer, clean it monthly using the same steps.

2. Cleaning the Hobs

It is crucial to have well-kept hobs for efficient cooking. To clean these:-

  • Remove all parts of the hobs (if there are any removable parts).
  • Put them in a sink filled with soapy water.
  • Now, use a damp cloth to remove any food or grime stuck on the hobs.
  • To remove the grease: spray some distilled vinegar onto the hobs and rub them with a cloth. To clean tougher spots, use a light scourer and cream cleaner.
  • Then rinse the parts of the hobs, that were in the sink and dry them (you can use a microfiber cloth for this).
  • Use an old toothbrush to clean around the gas burner.

3. Cleaning the Oven

It is very important to clean the oven regularly – every two weeks, as the dirt and grime that gets collected there, actually affects the taste of the food made in it.

To clean it, follow these steps:-

  • Make a paste of baking soda and water – 1 cup baking soda and 4-6 tablespoons of water (regulate the quantity according to your need).
  • Apply the paste around the inside of the oven. If you have a gas oven, don’t apply the paste to the area where the gas comes through. And if you have an electric oven, don’t apply the paste to the heating elements.

Racks

  • Take out the dirty racks from the oven, and place them in the sink. Sprinkle baking soda on these, and then pour some vinegar on top, so that foam is created.
  • When they stop foaming, plug the sink and run hot water into it until the racks are completely immersed.

Now leave the racks and oven like this overnight.

  • Then wipe everything clean using a damp cloth.
  • If the paste is tough to remove at any spot, spurt some vinegar there or you can use a gentle scourer.
  • Dry off everything.


We hope that these cleaning hacks would help you towards having a dapper kitchen!

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Feng Shui” the Kitchen

“Feng Shui” the Kitchen!

Feng shui is an ancient art that is believed to be able to harmonize energy in order to bring good health and fortune. ‘Feng’ and ‘shui’ mean: ‘wind’ and ‘water’, respectively.

This concept is derived from an ancient poem that talks about connecting and living in flow with the environment around us.

The kitchen plays a central role in the well-being and health of all the members of the household. Here are a few ways to incorporate ‘feng shui’ in your kitchen.

1. Maintain Cleanliness

Ensure that the kitchen is regularly cleaned and well-stocked. The kitchen is a symbol of love and nourishment, therefore it is quite important to keep it organized and hygienic.

This can be a difficult task, but with consistent effort and hardwork, nothing is impossible! You can also look up cleaning hacks to make things easier.

2. Energised Colour Palettes

Soft-toned colour palettes can be a great way to give your kitchen a positive, fresh and happy vibe.

We would recommend the use of pastel, white and grey hues. This would make your kitchen emanate an aura of calmness that would make working in your kitchen all the more dream-like and therapeutic.

3. Glass Cabinets

These would make your kitchen space feel more open and sanguine. A feeling of clarity would ensue through the kitchen.

Glass cabinets would also help towards keeping the kitchen more organized.

4. Efficient Storage

Having a clutter-free environment is crucial for feeling peaceful and happy while working.

Organize your kitchen supplies and appliances systematically, so that cooking can be an efficient yet salubrious activity. A neat and clean environment would fill your kitchen with a positive aura.

Pancakes

Pancakes: Eggless Recipe

Pancakes: Eggless Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour (refined/plain)
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Butter (melted)
  • Milk

This recipe makes: 8 servings

Steps

  1. Add 2 cups of flour (maida) in a mixing bowl.
  2. add, 2 tablespoons sugar, half tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon baking powder and a pinch of salt.
  3. Mix these ingredients by FABIANO 3 Jar mixer grnder .
  4. Now add 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 cup of milk. Mix this mixture, preferably using a whisk.
  5. Add another half cup of milk, to make the batter more consistent.
  6. Take a non-stick pan, heat it and grease it with butter.
  7. Pour a ladleful of the batter onto the pan. Don’t spread this.
  8. Simmer and cook for 2 minutes or wait for bubbles to appear on the surface.
  9. Flip over the pancake.
  10. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes or until it gets cooked through.
  11. Now the pancake is ready to be served. Serve it with maple syrup and butter.

You can also get much more creative with the toppings;

  • Raw sugar and lemon juice can be combined as a topping, to create a great contrast of sweetness and tartness!
  • Chocolate, fruit and coconut syrups.
  • Caramel sauce
  • Nutella and strawberry halves
  • Chocolate chips
  • Berries
  • Dried Fruits

When it comes to pancakes, the scope for creativity is cosmic. Here are a few innovations that can be made to the basic recipe above;

  • A handful of berries, nuts or chocolate chips can be added to the batter.
  • The flour (maida) can be replaced with whole wheat flour, as a healthy alternative.
  • add lemon zest or spices such as, cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice.
  • Add a few spoons of oats, flax seeds, or reduce the sugar.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies (Eggless)

If you are a chocolate lover, a chocolate chip cookie is exactly what you need to make anything better! This easy-to-follow recipe makes buttery gooey chocolate chip cookies, which you won’t be able to resist.

  1. Butt er – ½ cup, softened
  2. Both salted and unsalted butter can be you used. If you use unsalted butter don’t forget to add a pinch of salt to the dough.
  3. Sugar – 200g
  4. Either white or brown sugar can be used. Or a combination of the two can be used, so that a perfect texture is obtained. I’d suggest the use of 100g castor sugar and 100g soft brown sugar.
  5. Corn Flour/Corn Starch
  6. This would make the cookies, chewy. You can skip this ingredient if you want the cookies to be crunchy.
  7. Flax Seeds – 2 tablespoons
  8. This ingredient is used as an egg replacement. Grind two tablespoons of flax seeds. Add 1 tablespoon of water to it. Mix it well, and then let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Flax Seeds – 2 tablespoons
  10. Flax Seeds – 2 tablespoons
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Pressure Cooker Recipe

Pressure Cooker Recipe

Baking a cake can be pretty much of a hassle for beginners, and it can also be quite a time consuming activity.

That is why cooker cakes are a great option, to easily and quickly make delicious cakes at home.

Here’s the recipe for a vanilla sponge cake. Serves: 3-4 people STEPS

  1. Take a 5 inch round pan and grease it with butter. A 6*6 inch square pan can also be used. Preparing the flour mixture
  1. Add 1 cup of sieved all-purpose flour and half teaspoon baking powder to a mixing bowl.
  2. If butter used in the previous step is unsalted, add a light pinch of salt to the mix.
  3. Sprinkle one or half tablespoon of vanilla essence all around the flour. This can alternatively be added after mixing.
  4. Mix the batter, so that no lumps are left.
  1. Remove the gasket (rubber ring) and vent weight (whistle), of a 5 to 6 litre pressure cooker.
  2. Place the cooker on a stove, at a low flame or sim.
  3. Also, add 1 cup of sea salt to the cooker, and spread it evenly in the cooker. Preparing the batter
  4. Take one-fourth cup of salted butter (40g).
  5. Add half cup of condensed milk.
  6. Then, add 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  7. Now, add one-third cup of water.
  8. Heat this mixture on a low flame.
  9. Mix the mixture, preferably with a spatula. Ensure that the butter melts.
  10. On a low flame, let the mixture boil.
  11. To the flour mixture, immediately add this mixture when it boils.
  12. Use a wired whisk, to mix with light pressure. Be sure to not over mix. The batter should turn out to be of medium consistency, not too thick or thin.
  13. You may need to add less or more water, depending on the quality of the flour used. Add one-fourth cup of hot water if the batter becomes too thick.
  14. Make the batter smooth. But don’t overdo the mixing; having some small lumps is okay.
  15. Pour the batter into the pan. Tap the sides of the pan, or gently shake it. Placing the batter in the pressure cooker
  16. Place a heatproof rack or stand in the pressure cooker.
  17. Place the cake pan in the cooker.
  18. Tightly secure the cooker lid.
  19. Cook the sponge cake on a low flame, until the cake turns golden. This could take 35 to 50 minutes. The cake should be checked from time to time, by removing the lid.
  20. To check whether the cake is ready, insert a toothpick through the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean or only with minimal crumbs, with no sticky batter, the cake is ready! Also ensure that the top is golden.
  21. Allow the cake to become warm or cool down at room temperature. Now, gently remove it from the mould.
  22. Your sponge cake is ready to serve!

Tips

  1. The flame should be kept low.
  2. Using a good quality, thick bottomed, heavy 5-6 litre aluminium cooker, is highly advised. We would suggest getting a Fabiano Pressure Cooker, which would be perfect for this recipe
  3. Before closing the cooker lid, remove the weight (whistle) and the gasket (rubber ring).
  4. This cooker should only be kept for baking. Don’t use this cooker for anything else, as the metal weakens.
  5. Check that the baking pan fits into the pressure cooker, before starting.
  6. Sea salt or sand should be put as a layer between the pan and the cooker
  7. The pan which would be kept inside the cooker should be able to withstand dry heat. Steel pans, should be avoided, as the cake bottom might get burnt.