1. How to store tomatoes

    Red tomatoes starts to get damaged under 10 degree. Keep them always outside the fridge. You will feel also big difference on its taste! -save food from fridge! ;-)

     
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  3. Flour and bay leaves
My grandmother always put a couple of dried bay leaves in a newly opened bag of flour.  This kept the bugs away. 
-Maureen

    Flour and bay leaves

    My grandmother always put a couple of dried bay leaves in a newly opened bag of flour.  This kept the bugs away. 

    -Maureen

     
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  5. Preserving Butter

    I have never really been a big fan of butter, I never really liked the taste of things that were cooked in it and always pictured it as something that will make you fat if you eat it. However recently I have been reading a couple books on nutrition and health and I have come to the conclusion that butter is an easy way of adding necessary fat soluble vitamins in to your everyday diet, and if eaten in moderation butter can be quite healthy for you. I also learned that the darker yellow the butter the more nutritious vitamins it has in it. Also butter from grass fed cows is the most healthy and has many nutrients in it that are hard to find anywhere else stuff for maintaining healthy teeth and bones.

    I decided we should have some butter in our diet but because we are going cruising fridge-less I didn’t know how to keep it. So I turned to some old food preservation books.

    One way of preserving butter for day to day use is with a butter bell. I remember my mother had one of these when I was younger. I didn’t have fond memories of it, I always remember opening it up to the fowl stench rancid butter. I found out in my reading that this was because the water needs to be changed every other day to prevent the growth of bacteria. The butter bell will safely store butter for up to a month as long as you continue to change the water.

    Butter Bell
    A butter bell preserves the butter by soring it upside-down in an small amount of water that creates an airtight seal.

    Butter Bell

    The butter bell solves the issue of preserving butter in day to day use but what about for longterm storage? Again I turned to the pages of an old book this time an old cook book called the Presbyterian Cookbook. In there I found that for long term storage of butter with out a fridge you can place sticks of butter in a large jar thats filled with a salt brine. The brine needs to be really salty in order to keep anything from growing in the butter, and it works best if its stored in a cool dark place like a cellar or in our case, the bilge. We have yet to try this method but when we do I will fill you in on the details.

    Here is the excerpt from the book:
    How to Keep Butter: excerpt from Presbyterian Cookbook

    - Eric Taylor, San Diego CA

     
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  7. Preserving citrus with sand

    When you buy citrus you should always rinse it in a 10-to-1 water to bleach ratio (10 parts water, 1 part bleach) and let them air dry.

    To store citrus longer you can get a 5 gallon bucket and fill it with clean sand.  Bury the clean citrus in the sand and lightly pack it down.

    The sand fills the pores of the citrus and it takes longer to go bad.

    - Lynn from LA, USA

     
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  9. Bitter Eggplants

    If you find that eggplant dishes often taste bitter, try this trick.

    If making moussaka or eggplant parmesan, cut the eggplant into slices for use. Sprinkle salt over the eggplant slices on both sides and let sit for about 10 minutes. The salt will make them sweat their bitter liquid out. Wipe this off with a (paper) towel and your eggplant dish will not have that bitter flavour!

    -Florin, Canada

     
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  11. Cooking chickpeas faster

    Adding salt to chickpeas makes them cook faster. Don’t forget to soak dry chickpeas overnight before cooking. Note that if salt is added to beans they will not cook.

    - Stella Rodrigues, UK

     
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  13. I introduced a little corner of my kitchen occupied by oral knowledge on my twitter long time ago. I just realized that I did not give answer for it. So here it is:
In this picture, there are three knowledge:
1. To keep lettuce fresh longer outside the fridge, keep their roots in the water.
My lettuce was directly from the garden. So it was with roots. I did not try this method with the ones without roots but my German friend says it works well! Fresh veggies’ seasons are just here, what about keeping your lettuce beautifully on your table or kitchen? :-)
2. To clean the grease on the pan, spread dry flour directly without water.
Flour will absorb the grease, so you don’t need to clean it with soap at all after it! It looks like a magic! Concerning flour is also food, I am researching other ways for the same effect. For example, one girl recalled that her dad used to clean the greasy pen with soil/sand before cleaning at the camping place! Do you know any other know-how? Let me know! oh, let’s share!!
3. To clean the burnt grill, scrub it with aluminum foil.
I keep aluminum foil after I use it because it is a very strong tool to clean burnt grill. Just try it after the barbeque this summer, you will definitely start to keep aluminum foil as well. :D

    I introduced a little corner of my kitchen occupied by oral knowledge on my twitter long time ago. I just realized that I did not give answer for it. So here it is:

    In this picture, there are three knowledge:

    1. To keep lettuce fresh longer outside the fridge, keep their roots in the water.

    My lettuce was directly from the garden. So it was with roots. I did not try this method with the ones without roots but my German friend says it works well! Fresh veggies’ seasons are just here, what about keeping your lettuce beautifully on your table or kitchen? :-)

    2. To clean the grease on the pan, spread dry flour directly without water.

    Flour will absorb the grease, so you don’t need to clean it with soap at all after it! It looks like a magic! Concerning flour is also food, I am researching other ways for the same effect. For example, one girl recalled that her dad used to clean the greasy pen with soil/sand before cleaning at the camping place! Do you know any other know-how? Let me know! oh, let’s share!!

    3. To clean the burnt grill, scrub it with aluminum foil.

    I keep aluminum foil after I use it because it is a very strong tool to clean burnt grill. Just try it after the barbeque this summer, you will definitely start to keep aluminum foil as well. :D

     
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  15. poisonous potatoes

    Hi I expect you all know that potatoes can be bad for you if you try to eat them uncooked, but also that light can turn them green and green potato is bad for you too!  

    - Barbara Robson, UK

     
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  17. potatoes in a brick house with sand inside

    My father used to harvest our potatoes before the frost, clean off the dirt by hand and sort them at the same time to make sure they were perfect for keeping (no bug holes or rot).  Usually he would put them in a sack and cover them, but at other times he would bury them in a funny little brick house he had built to keep sand clean and dry.  The “roof ” was a slanting weather proof lid, which we had to lift when we sorted through the sand for potatoes.  We thought this was a great game, but sometimes being kids we would play a bit too wildly and then would have to tidy up.

    I always remember what fun it was to help in that way and how good the potatoes tasted when we roasted them under the fire grate.  We were always hungry in those days and there was nothing left to waste!

    - Barbara Robson, UK

     
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  19. Gli sgami della nonna (Grandma’s trick)

    Italian grandma tells her tips for the house!

    So nice to see sharing know-hows from Grannies!! Let’s share it!!

    Viva Nonna! ;-)

     
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