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1Make leafy vegetables crunchy again

Cut the stem off and separate the stalks. Add 3/4 cup granulated sugar to a vessel filled with cold water. Now place vegetables in it. Soak for 4 to 5 hours. Drain well and refrigerate.

2Storing onion paste

Paste of raw onions would turn bitter after a while. For longer storage life, fry onions in little oil before grinding.

3Maintain bright green color of peas

Put the peas in boiling hot water and let it boil. Drain. Pour chilled water. Drain.

4Prevent discoloration of green leafy vegetable

Add a pinch of common salt and sugar to the cooking vegetable so as to avoid discoloration of green leafy vegetables.

5Onion peeling without crying

Peel onions under water to avoid "crying". Another option is to refrigerate onions before cutting.

6Keep green leafy vegetables fresh for longer time

Wrap green leafy vegetables in a newspaper before putting in the vegetable bag or tray. This will keep them fresh much longer.

7Keep celery fresh for longer time

Celery wrapped in aluminum foil before refrigerating will remain fresh for weeks.

8Remove bitterness from karela

Slit it from the middle and rub a mixture of salt, wheat flour and curd over it. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour and then cook.

9Stop potatoes from rotting

Potatoes rot quickly if stored near onions.To prevent potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

10Avoid potatoes/cauliflower discoloration

While boiling potatoes and cauliflower add a few drops of vinegar to the water to keep their original white color.

11Skin whole tomatoes easily

Put tomatoes in boiling water, cover and keep aside for a few minutes. Remove and peel off the skin easily.

12Keep bananas fresh for longer time

After bananas have ripened, store in the refrigerator to help slow down ripening. The skin will turn dark brown, but this does not damage the fruit inside.

13Keep chillies fresh for longer time

While storing green chillies, remove the stems

14Better way to clean vegetables

Clean Vegetables & make them germ free by adding some salt or vinegar drops while washing them.

15Make ripe tomatoes firm again

Dip tomatoes in cold water, add some salt and leave overnight.

16Enhance natural flavor of vegetables

To naturally enhance the flavor of vegetables, add some salt while boiling them.

17Freshen up raw vegetables

Add a little lemon juice to cold water. Soak the vegetables in this water to "re-fresh" them.

18Juicy lemons

Soak lemons in hot water for 15 minutes before extracting juice.