Welcome To Our Cooking Tips Area

Here our Customers and other Friends can share there tips for getting the best out of Natural Ingredients.

Please feel free to view the contributions and maybe add a tip of your own.


Skinning tomatoes

 How on earth do you peel a tomato? Just drop it for a second in boiling water and hey presto, the skin just peels off.   Francesca 05/02/10


Been Chopping Onions?

Wash hands in cold water and rub with salt to get rid of onion odour.    04/02/10


Keeping Salt Dry

To allow salt to pour easily, put a few uncooked grains of rice in your shakers to absorb moisture.   03/02/10


Brown Sugar

Placing a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar helps to soften it again. 03/02/10



To keep your potatoes from budding out, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.  01/02/10


Checking Eggs for freshness

To determine whether an egg is fresh or not, immerse it in a pan of cold water. If it sinks, it is fresh. If it rises to the surface, throw it away.  01/02/10


Boiling Spuds

Adding a little butter to a pan of potatoes when boiling them will stop them from boiling over.  31/01/10


Left Over Wine?

Have just a small amount of leftover wine? Don't throw it away, try freezing it into cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.  31/01/10


Freezing Peppers

Green peppers may be frozen without blanching in an airtight container for later use in hot dishes or casseroles.    30/010/10



Do Not use Iodized Salt in making pickles, it causes them to become soft.   30/01/10


Juice from Lemons

Bring Lemons to room temperature and roll them under your palm on top of the kitchen counter before squeezing to get the most juice from them.   30/01/10



Adding lemon juice to gravy that is too greasy, will make the grease disappear and add flavour to your gravy.   30/01/10


Whipping Cream

Add about 7 drops of lemon juice to 2 cups of whipping cream. It will make the cream beat up firm in about half the time. 29/01/10



Add 1/4 tsp. Baking soda to Cranberries while cooking them and they will not require as much sugar.   29/01/10



I think that the nicest way to eat celeriac is as coleslaw. I first tasted this when I was visiting my sister who was living in France. You peel and grate the celeriac, mix in some mayonnaise to taste [ so easy and cheap to make if you have the knack] and a little Dijon mustard. Some people like to add apple but I donít. Finish it off with some chopped parsley-delicious!      From Claire C.  27/01/10