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.
Clean, Kitchen

Smart Hacks to keep your Kitchen clean

The sink is overflowing with dirty utensils, the dustbin smells like  dirty socks, the shelves are full with dirt, the stove is all covered with remains of food particles. Is it a big thing to worry about? Well such things can be considered as big impediments in our plans to create a comfortable and a safe home for our family. Thus keeping our Kitchen clean is the first step towards leading a healthy life . If someone is more concerned about money, a neat and a clean kitchen can cut down our monthly cost efficiently as it leads to judicious use of the available resources. Cleaning the kitchen at the right time is very important socially and economically. There are many tricks that we can practice to make our kitchen spic and span, some hacks are listed below:

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  • Use baking soda instead of conventional cleaners

Baking soda has ten different uses like it is used for making cakes and breads, whitening the teeth and so on . But many people do not know that it can also be used as an efficient, cheap and eco-friendly cleaner for your stove and kitchen appliances. Thus you can replace the conventional cleaner that release out chemicals and odour with baking soda without giving it a second thought.

  • Cleaning the dirty sink with ease

Cleaning the sink and the garbage disposal unit can be considered as a challenging job as it requires a lot of time and effort. Many products are available in the market but if you are looking for a cost effective method use a combination of lemon and baking soda. Apply the mixture on the steel sink wait for some time, if required rub with an old brush and you will be amazed to see the results.

  • Clean your microwave with lemon water

When it comes to cleaning of the kitchen and other appliances we often ignore microwave, but its cleaning is equally important. For cleaning the microwave just take a glass pour some water and add lemon in it , put the glass in the microwave and heat it for 1-2 minutes. Let the steam make the grease inside it soft and then wipe it with a clean cloth after some time. You will find a neat and a clean microwave within minutes.

  • Clean your wooden cutting boards with lemon and salt

Cleaning the wooden cutting board is very difficult, given the fact that they have pores which allow the bacteria to grow. An easy way to disinfect the board is take half lemon, a pinch of salt and a sponge to rub. After rubbing the surface you will notice a neat and a clean chopping board.

  • The ultimate copper pots cleaner

If you want to keep your copper pots shiny , clean and bacteria free then you should use a mixture of salt and vinegar. As a matter of fact if you have decided to clean the kitchen salt and vinegar is the ultimate combination which can be used.

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  • Clean oil with oil

It may sound crazy but its true, the most effective way to clean the oily remains on the stove and other shelves is by using oil. Mineral oil is the best choice which can be used in this situation.