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Tricks for Silky-Smooth Hummus

I stock Indian pulses and lentils by the pound every other month and I know for sure that chana dal ain't chickpeas!! I think the Indian/Hindi name for chick pea is chole or kabuli chana.

Jul 07, 2012
Desicook in Features

fresh curry leaves-- best way to save them?

I can vouch for the method foodiefrenzie has posted. Generations of Indian women in my family have stored excess curry leaves this way. I do wash and dry them thoroughly though before I lay the leaves out to air dry on a cookie cooling rack (So that the air circulates better around the leaves). This process takes up to a weeks time. Ideally, the leaves should not blacken but become a dry-herb green. The black ones usually have no flavor. Then, I simply crush the leaves before using or just powder them in my blender before storing them in an air-tight box in the freezer. The flavour remains great. In fact, I feel, it intensifies (as with any dried herb).

Jul 01, 2012
Desicook in Home Cooking

Don't Let Basil or Cilantro Go to Waste

I just chop up extra cilantro, add to a cup of water and freeze it into cubes. I store these cubes in ziplock bags in the freezer. They keep for months!
The flavors remains great although the colour of the leaves darkens a little bit.

May 18, 2012
Desicook in Features

What to do with old non-stick cookware?

I finally threw it in the trash. Garbage company will recycle it and I have more space in my cabinet for my new pans. Thanks all for helping me make a decision!

Apr 02, 2012
Desicook in Cookware

What to do with old non-stick cookware?

I tried that link. Unfortunately, there is no option close to where I live (Boston Metrowest). However, my apartment manager says out garbage company takes care of sorting the trash and recycling. So, guess I can just throw them in the trash.

Mar 28, 2012
Desicook in Cookware

What to do with old non-stick cookware?

Well, I read somewhere that lots of people reuse pans by sanding off the teflon or whatever is the top most layer. I'd like to explore all my options.

Mar 28, 2012
Desicook in Cookware

What to do with old non-stick cookware?

I just purchased an enamelled dutch oven and a couple of nice Cuisinart nonstick pans to replace my 2 year old T-Fal and ecolution pans. They have scratches on them and I don't think they are safe to cook in anymore. But, I'm not sure how to dispose the old ones. Disposing them in the trash seems like such a waste (My garbage company supposedly sorts the recyclables. So, I don't have to do it myself). Can I sell/donate it to Salvation Army? Any suggestion will be appreciated.

Mar 26, 2012
Desicook in Cookware