Food, Kitchen, Recipes

How to make Mashed Potatoes?

If you are tired with your everyday boring green vegetables and pulses you can try this interesting recipe of mashed potatoes. Potatoes can be considered as a healthy  vegetable as studies have suggested that increase in  consumption of plant foods like potatoes promotes a healthy complexion, increased energy and decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Often potatoes are eaten in the form of fries or fried chips which leads to obesity and high cholesterol but when potatoes combined with the right ingredients can be considered as healthy as potatoes contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity . This delicious dish known as mashed potatoes can be made in 35 min by following the given steps

  • Assemble all the ingredients

Ingredients needed to make mashed potatoes are: 8-10 potatoes, peeled and cut length wise into quaters, ½ teaspoon salt, 4 tablespoon heavy cream, 2 tablespoon butter, I tablespoon or more milk ,salt and pepper.

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  • Place the peeled potatoes in water

Place the peeled and cut potatoes into a saucepan and add cold water to the pan until the potatoes are covered by atleast an inch . Add half a spoon of salt to the water and place the pan on the stove. Boil it for 15-20 minutes, or until you can easily poke through them with a fork.

  • Melt butter and warm cream

You can melt the butter and warm the cream by the time potatoes are being boiled. You can use a microwave or stove to heat them together.

  • Drain the cooked potatoes and mash

When the potatoes become soft, drain the water and place the steaming hot potatoes in a bowl. Pour the heated cream and melted butter over the cooked potatoes. Mash the potatoes with a masher or a strong wooden (or a metal) spoon.

  • Add milk

After mashing the potatoes add milk and beat until the mashed potatoes are smooth. Do not over beat the potatoes as over beating will make potatoes gluey

  • Add pepper and salt

You can add pepper, salt and other spices according to your taste.

Your mashed potatoes are ready to serve. It is a very easy recipe to make delicious, mouth watering mashed potatoes which are usually loved by everyone be it elderly or children as Food without using potatoes is incomplete.

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Things to be taken care of while making mashed potatoes:

  • Use the right type of potatoes with high starch content like Russets or Yukon Golds.
  • Start with cold water. Placing the potatoes in the hot water in the beginning itself increases chances of uneven cooking.
  • Do not add cold butter and cream to the potatoes. First heat the butter and cream and then add the mixture to the potatoes.
  • Do not overwork the potatoes: When potatoes are mashed they release starch. The more you work the potatoes the more starch is released. When too much starch is released it makes the potatoes gummy, gluey and unappetizing.
Deserts, Food

5 Yummy Deserts you can make in less than 30 minutes

Food can be considered as a basic amenity for survival of human beings on this planet Earth . Food can be divide into different categories  like starter, main course and everyone’s favourite i.e desert. The tradition of serving the desert after the meal is being followed by many cultures as it signifies completion of meal . Apart from the cultural importance and feel good factor, a dessert can also serve you a variety of health benefits like helps in digestion, adds extra vitamins and fibres to your diet, reduces your blood pressure, acts as an anti-depressant and so on. While deserts are often considered unhealthy, it can be actually beneficial if you chose the right ingredients. For all the people who have a sweet tooth here is a list of yummy deserts which you can make in less than 30 minutes.

To make this delicious desert you need 2/3 cup Nutella, 1tsp Cinnamon, ¾ cup sugar, , Crescent rolls(refrigerated), 2  tsp butter(salted). After assembly all the ingredients at a place carefully take out a roll from the can and spread it on a clean surface, spread the nutella over the entire surface leaving some margin at the corners. Then generously sprinkle cinnamon over it. Start with a short side and roll up the dough into a log. Roll it as tightly as possible so as to make the rolls look like coils. plus it helps the Nutella from leaking. Now take a knife and cut the log into small pieces and arrange the pieces in a baking dish. After baking for 12-15 min you will notice a golden colour and your rolls are ready to serve.

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  • Chocolate cake with Chocolate Ganache

This recipe is for those who love chocolate. Making a chocolate cake is an easy task which requires ingredients like milkmaid, butter, milk , baking soda, baking powder, Cake flour, Vanilla essence and cocoa powder. To make chocolate cake with a twist we can make a chocolate ganache with it. Ganache is made by heating a cream and pouring it over chocolate. The heating of the cream can be done in the microwave or over the stove. You can add walnuts and other dry fruits to add richness to your ganache.  Your chocolate cake with chocolate ganache is ready to serve.

  • Very Berry Ice cream

This delicious and mouth watering ice cream will be on your table in just 5 minutes and it just requires 3 ingredients. All you need is some frozen berries, coconut milk and stevia(any other form of sugar will also work). Put every thing in the food processor , process until smooth and you can eat it, if you want you can store it in the refrigerator.

  • Pineapple Pie

With just 5 ingredients including a large crushed pineapple, sour cream, vanilla pudding mix, graham cracker and some cool whip you can make this delicious desert.In a large bowl mix the crushed pineapple, sour cream aand vanilla pudding mix. Pour this mixture over pie crust and spread it evenly. Before serving top the pie with whip cream.

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  • Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

If you have craving for peanuts and chocolate peanut butter brownie bites is the beat option available. It is a delicious desert which is made in no time. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the brownie mix and peanut butter . Stir it until it has been mixed up completely. . After that add the milk slowly and stir until desired consistency and thickness is reached. Taking the mixture amounting to a  tablespoon  at a time roll the dough into small balls with your hands. You can serve immediately or store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

 

 

Cooker, Food

How to Make the Most Out of a Pressure Canner

Pressure canners can be a bit tricky at use. But believe me, once you get a hold at it, you are going to be one standing aside in the crowd. Yeah! There is a wide variety of food that can be canned but not everyone knows it. It’s very convenient as a lot of homemade food can be canned and used with homemade pressure canning. It’s also a great way to store food and have your own pantry. All kinds of non-acid foods should be canned in pressure canners like beef, poultry, vegetables, sea food, etc. Even tomato sauces can be canned which is really great. So, all of you excited pressure canning maniacs, just prepare to be amazed because here are some great ways to make your pressure canner more into use.

  • Basics in Pressure Canning

Pressure canners are best for low acid foods. This is one hurdle most canning enthusiasts face. Vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry and sea food are low acid foods recommended for pressure canning. Also this food serves purpose for everyday meals and is best to be preserved. It’s economical and also proves to be a well balanced diet. Such low acid foods are easy to preserve but also be checked for spoilage. Thus, pressure canning is the process which eliminates rotting and ensure health.

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  • Equipment Used in Canning

As complex as it sounds, pressure canning doesn’t require much tools. It’s just some factors like your family size that would matter. If you are single or a couple then it’s better to choose a smaller canner and a family with kids would surely require a bigger canner to meet everyday needs. Different c canning jars are also needed like pint sized jars and quint sized jars which are the quintessential role players. Gaskets too need to be replaced in a Pressure Canner from time to time. It takes a long time till it wears out but still you need to check it once in a while for any cracks and even oil it occasionally. It is also essential to buy jar lifters, lids and even rings to hold the lids to the jars.

 

  • Sweet Canning

There are also some other garden fresh fruits that can be canned for jams and jellies which are craved no less than other canned items. At different levels peaches, pears and nectarines can also be canned. Plums, tomatoes and applesauce don’t lag behind in the same because if there is more than enough fruit for the family in your garden then these sides will surely give a sweet, delicious taste to the food you eat.

 

  • Measures while Canning

While Canning may seem a bit exciting from afar and it really is but there are certain measures which need to be looked at. Try being careful after canning, the steam is too hot and can do damage. Even there can be malfunction in the dial which is risky because it may go bad anytime. Finally, there also is a need to check the canning jars for any damage on the caps.

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Look, here you are, all ready to become a canning addict with such resourceful content. After canning, just sit back and enjoy people having the best food ever.

Food, Restaurants

What do restaurants REALLY do with the leftover food?

We are living in an age which has reached a long way, with all the technology and computer-aided systems. We seldom speculate over the past that has passed because everything is easy, taken for granted.

Luxury was there in the past and persists today at a larger scale. Eating out is one such facet of luxury which always decides an individual’s status. Restaurants have not lagged behind in the tradition of ranks. The irony with all the ranks and stars (the restaurants boast) is the food that goes to waste everyday in large heaps. Where do the restaurants with high statuses confess that? Well, In the following article, different pros and cons with regard to this will be discussed.

  • About Food

There are different kinds of food that go untouched or uneaten in restaurants. This varies from the cooked food which remains even after being served, also the food which is left over by the customers and the raw vegetables and some other uncooked food raw food which is not used. There are alternatives to use this food because its loss can be too expensive and also very immoral.

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  • Reuse Raw or Edible Food

Restaurants usually refrigerate and reuse certain items which are deep fried or not fully cooked. This is a safe measure as deep fried cooking doesn’t get stale that easily. Most of the restaurants do refrigerating because that is the best means to reuse the leftover and not getting it wasted. So, prawns, fish, some vegetables and poultry are left in the early stages of cooking, then they are good for reuse.

  • QSR And Food Wastage Control

Most restaurants, usually in the USA have QSR(quick service restaurants). These are counters where they serve kebabs, sandwiches and rolls. So, if there is some marinated leftover food they just transfer it here as these counters  offer late night service too. This way food Wastage is curbed. They also employ food controllers who keep a check on the spoilage of food which in turn saves money.

 

  • Food for the Staff

Some restaurants prefer to feed their staff with the leftover. Yes! And why not? Can’t the staff get perks of the luxury they can’t afford but see from afar. Restaurants pass it on to their staff which is a good option. Sweepers, security guards and waiters have all right to have some tasty meal.

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  • Donating and Feeding the Poor

Donation is a very generous act some restaurants prefer. Why waste food knowing many people sleep starving at night? So, restaurants give it away. In case there is huge quantity of food left, preference is given to orphanages. But in case of little leftovers they distribute it to the needy in temples and other such places.

 

  • Food Recovery Programmes

This programme has been a major step in saving waste food. Many people in the world starve everyday and die. Does this infuriate us? Well, it should. Because while half the people are throwing away money on food, some don’t even have a bread. Food recovery programmes usually are run by soup kitchens and food pantry which take the food uneaten from restaurants to provide to the needy. They also ensure warm and nutritious meal. It is a kind act and taking responsibility is not everyone’s thing.

 

Food Wastage is a big issue in today’s day, it’s not a thing to boast about. It is a shame. So, restaurants giving their best in order not to waste food are the best ones.