Thursday, July 27, 2006

Tip Of The Week No2


Not Ice-Cubes but Spice Cubes


Hi , here I am back with my Thursday tip No 2.The small cubes and the large triangular blocks that you see in the pic above are what I call my spice cubes. The small ones are ginger cubes and the large blocks are frozen blocks of fresh tomato puree. I make these every 2 weeks and use them in all my curries and gravies. They really speed things up when actually cooking. You can make similar cubes with garlic paste and grated fresh coconut. Add a little salt to the ginger and garlis pastes before freezing and they keep for months in the freezer. I use small ice trays which I got in Ikea. So each ginger or garlic cube is equivalent to 1 tspn of paste and each tomato puree block is made from 1 large tomato.

6 comments:

shilpa said...

Thats a very good tip Anupama. Thanks for sharing. Only a small doubt, will the entire freezer smell after keeping the ginger-garlic cube?

archana said...

A very useful tip Anupama, thank you

Neelu said...

nice tip anu !

Priya said...

For the ginger paste...do u just put the raw ginger in the blender with some salt and then freeze the paste....I'm asking this as my blender does not make such a fine paste of ginger and I wanted to know if I have to do something extra to get the paste

Anupama said...

Good Question Shilpa. Though i have never had the entire freezer smelling of ginger and garlic it is a valid possibility. So what you can do is just cover the trays with clingfilm. That should work

Yes Priya, I normally just add salt to the raw ginger which I chop first and then I put it into the dry grinder attachment of my mixer. You can add a very little quantity of water to get a fine paste.

Perception said...

Awesome idea, especially for working women.