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Monday, September 15, 2014

TIPS FOR STORAGE OF INDIAN SPICES IN KITCHEN


They say that variety is the spice of life—so what does that make a variety of spices?
Well, it certainly makes for a cluttered cupboard. Between the tiny bottles, the jars of different sizes, and the open, half-empty packets of spices spilling into your cupboard, stashing your spices in the containers they come in typically results in a busy cupboard, where it’s impossible to find the spice that you’re actually looking for.
There are more than a few advantages to having a properly organized spice cabinet. First, it’s visually pleasing: having a uniform storing system simply looks a lot better than mismatched vessels. It’s also much more convenient: who else has accidentally bought a second bottle of a certain spice because they didn’t know they already had it at the back of the cupboard? Guilty as charged. Finally, storing your spices properly means they will last a lot longer, saving you a pretty penny in the long term.
Here are 7 ideas to inspire an organized storage solution for your spices.
The Frequent User Solution
If you tend to use a lot of different spices, you’ll want a system that ensures that you don’t have to fish into the back of your cupboard, emptying half of its contents to find what you’re looking for.

A spice drawer is the perfect solution. Dedicate a drawer in your kitchen entirely to spices, and store them in uniform jars in the drawer. Be sure that your jars have large enough lids: since you’ll be looking at them from above, not from the side, you’ll need to label the lids of your spices.
The Long-Lasting Solution
Spices last longest in a cool, dark, dry place—like your freezer. If you invest in quality spices, consider storing them in your icebox. If you opt for this approach, keep the spices together in an easy-to-reach spot, like one of the inside shelves on the freezer door. The goal is not to have to empty your entire freezer to find that turmeric!

The Space-Saving Solution
Is there a shortage of real estate in your kitchen? Utilize vertical space and store your jars in a spice rack. Keep everything tucked away by installing the spice rack on the inside of a cupboard or pantry door.

The Innovative Solution
If you’re a fan of high-tech kitchen gadgets and aren’t afraid of a little DIY, try a magnetic spice rack.

There are many ways to interpret this idea. To begin, purchase a set of small, uniform containers that are relatively lightweight. You want to choose containers with lids that are very secure.
You can affix strong magnets to the base of each container, and simply store the spices sideways on your fridge. Or, you can install a metal strip on the bottom of a cupboard, then attach magnets to the lids of your spice containers: your magnetic spices can hang in space below the cupboard, taking up minimal space elsewhere in your kitchen.
The Self-Contained Solution
You might find that you tend to use certain spices in different situations: spices for baking, spices for marinades, spices for Indian dishes, etc. If this sounds familiar, try grouping like spices together, and storing each group in its own cookie tin. Tins can be labeled by category and stacked together. When you’re cooking a particular dish, you can just pull out the appropriate spice tin, instead of rattling through your whole collection.

The Scientific Solution
Looking for a different way to display your spices? Store them in individual test tubes, organized into test tube racks!

This is a totally different idea that will fit perfectly into a cutting edge kitchen. You won’t be able to hold back a smile every time you reach for the cinnamon.
The Inexpensive Solution
Thoroughly cleaned baby jars are the perfect solution to storing your spices on a budget. The jars are just the right size, have wide enough mouths to dip a teaspoon into, and are perfectly uniform, making storage and stacking much easier. Label your jars with the contents by simply writing on the jar with a permanent marker. Prefer to buy your spices in bulk? Mason jars are another easy, cost-effective solution.

Whatever solution you choose, remember to store your spices in a place that is cool, dry, and out of direct light. Lids should always be airtight to ensure freshness. Bon appetit!

SIMPLE TIPS FOR STORAGE OF YOUR SHOES AND CHAPPALS




So easy to buy; so difficult to store. If only we could hang shoes up on closet hangers, or fold them up onto a shelf. Instead, their clunky, irregular shapes combined with dirty soles make shoes very difficult to keep organized.
Whether you’re looking for an efficient, compact way to store your shoes, or a stylish way to showcase your stilettos while keeping them organized, these solutions will give you the help you need.
The Practical and Compact Solution
If your priority is to keep your shoes coupled and organized in a small space, look to organizational devices like shoe racks and hanging pouches.

Shoe racks work vertically, clearing up extra floor space for other purposes. Pick up a multi-level rack to keep by the front door with your most frequently worn shoes, and another to store at the bottom of your closet for special occasion soles.
Hanging shoe organizers have a pouch for each pair, and can be hung over any door—a great space saver, to be sure. These won’t work as well for big boots or chunky heels, but are perfect for flats, sandals and loafers.
The Boutique Solution
If you refer to your shoe collection as, well, your shoe collection, then why not show them off? After all, fashion is art!

A bookcase with even, cubic shelves is the perfect platform to display your platforms—check out the Ikea Expedit collection, which offers several models with different numbers of cubbies.
Place one pair of shoes in each cubby, artfully arranged on an angle. Not only will your shoes be easy to find, but it’ll make your room look like a boutique shoe store.
The Stairway to Shoes Solution
This one requires a particular home layout: if your front door opens up onto a flight of stairs, make the most of the staircase by lining one or two pairs of shoes along each stair. It will allow you plenty of space to navigate the stairs, while providing an easy option to snatch up the pair you need on your way out the door.

This solution is especially practical if you tend you mix up the pairs you use regularly, or if there are several people in your household. It’s the more organized version of just tossing your shoes into a pile at your front entrance.
The Catalog Solution
Shoes might not be easy to stack, but shoeboxes can be played around with as easily as Legos.

Keep your shoes stored in the shoeboxes they come in., or find matching plastic bins that are large enough to fit a parif or shoes. Snap a picture of each pair, and paste it onto the front of the box. This will identify the contents of the box, without have to search around for the shoe you’re looking for.
Stack the boxes on a shelf, in the back of your closet, or somewhere else they’ll be out of the way. This is the perfect solution for shoes that aren’t worn frequently.
The Solution for Tiny Feet
Have a lot of kid shoes floating around? Seek out coat racks with pegs. Affix the racks to walls, and use the pegs as shoe perches.

For sneakers or other flat shoes, simply turn the shoe so that the sole faces out, and hook the back heel part of the shoe onto the peg.
You can also squeeze rubber boots and winter boots between pegs: place the boots upside down, and slide the heel are of the boot between hooks. The solid sole of the boot (which will be facing up) will keep the shoe in place.
The Vertical Solution
If you own several high heels, this one is for you: all you need is a ladder with relatively small rungs. Look for an old wooden one, which can be repainted to match your décor. Hang your stilettos by the heel onto each rung. Your shoes will be easy to find, all while clearing up your precious floor space.

Rustic Chicken Soup - Healthy Recipe for all ages


We have the perfect recipe for the monsoon soul - rustic chicken soup. It's boiled and blended and then tempered with olive oil with garlic. What else can one ask for when your cravings gear towards something that will comfort your soul? We tell you how to make this delectable soup with this easy recipe.


Ingredients:

100 gms chicken, diced
4-5 garlic pods, crushed
1 medium-sized potato
5-6 medium-sized cauliflower florets
2 small-sized carrots
4 tsp olive oil
Salt to taste
½ tsp crushed black pepper
Coriander for garnish
2½ cups water to boil


Method

  1. Boil the vegetable - cauliflowers, chopped carrots, diced potatoes add salt to fasten the process of boiling.
  2. Let it boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Add chicken while the veggies have been boiling for five minutes.
  4. Poke with a pork to see if it's done
  5. Don't overcook because you will have to season it with olive oil and garlic later.
  6. Let it cool to room temperature before blending it in a mixture.
  7. Blend it in a mixture to form a thick gooey consistency,
  8. Heat a pan on low flame and pour the olive oil.
  9. Add the garlic and sauté.
  10. Add the blended mixture and stir.
  11. Cover it for two minutes till it gets to boil.
  12. Sprinkle the crushed black paper and add some salt if required.
  13. Pour it into a bowl, garnish with some coriander and serve.

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