1) For perfectly cooked, granular rice, you should: a) leave it in lukewarm water together with salt for 10-15 mins. b) rinse it with plenty of cold water. c) fry it with a bit of butter so that it becomes harder before you add water. d) in the boiling water, add a spoonful of vinegar or lemon.
2) Always count rice by volume (e.g. a glass of rice) and not by weight. Multiply its volume 2.5 times and you will find the exact amount of water it will need to cook perfectly.
3) Give an exotic air to your pilaf adding a handful of fraying coconut in the boiling water.
4) Put a spoonful of virgin olive oil in the boiling water so that rice or pasta don’t stick at the bottom of the casserole.
5) If your rice has become slushy don’t worry. Pour cold water on it as soon as possible and then put it in an oven form. Cook it for 10 mins and then serve it together with red sauce or better with vegetables fried in butter.
6) Put some grains of rice next to your bread so that it will absorb dump and the bread will stay fresh for longer.
7) In your dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) increase the rice and reduce the minced meat, boiling the rice together with 2 meat broth cubes. It’s healthier, the same tasty and this way you will have ingredients for more dolmades!
8) Pasta should be eaten warm. So warm up the plates for the pasta, since this will keep your pasta warm for longer.
9) If you add a spoonful of mayonnaise in the water you are boiling pasta, it won’t stick together, it will adopt a better look and it will even boil a bit faster.
10) The various types of pasta won’t stick together if you strain them and plunge them in cold water as soon as you have boiled them.
11) Replace the butter in the pasta with milk cream. It is healthier and more nutritious.
12) The fastest and easiest way to cook jacket potatoes is to pre-cook them in the microwave oven and then finish them on the grill so that they become brown.
13) You can make the potatoes you roasted yesterday look as if they were roast today, if you plunge them into boiling water and put them in the oven at 180 C for 20 mins.
14) Make your roast potatoes taste much better by boiling them first for 5 minutes together with 1 beef broth cube, 1 onion, oregano, 2 spoonfuls of lemon, salt and pepper. After that, put them in the griddle and cook them the usual way. You will love them!
15) If your potatoes are very-very fresh, first plunge them into boiling water so that their pores shut and then change water, add some salt and go on boiling them as usual.
16) If your potatoes are very old, plunge them unpeeled into cold water for a few hours and then peel them and boil them in water together with a little lemon juice or vinegar. Also, keep the lid of the casserole closed.
17) To peel boiled potatoes more easily, plunge them into cold water, together with 2 spoonfuls of lemon or vinegar. This will also help them remain white.
18) Boil your mash potatoes in milk rather than water, together with some butter, some parmesan cheese flakes and a piece of garlic. Then take the garlic out and throw it away. Your mashed potatoes will smell like heavens!
19) A small spoonful of soda (sodium bicarbonate) in the water where potatoes are boiling will make them easier to peel and fluffier.
20) Instead of butter, you can add some milk cream or some cottage cheese in your mash potatoes. You will be astonished by their taste.
21) If you are going to serve the mash potatoes after a while, straighten their surface with a knife and cover them in milk. This way the surface won’t become crusty. Mix the milk well with the mash potatoes just before they are going to get served.
22) If you like your French fries crispier than ever, fry them until just before they start becoming brown. Then take them out and let them cool for 10 mins. After that put them in scorching oil and finish them. That’s all.
23) Your potatoes will remain fresh for much longer if you put 2-3 green apples in their bag or box.
24) Your loaf of bread will remain fresh for much longer if you put a potato in its box.
25) When you clean potatoes, scrub them with some salt. This will remove the soil more easily and make them cleaner.