Do you dread the time you spend prepping the base for your sauces before you start to cook, especially after a hard day’s work? Well, I do and I have found this method to be of great help. The past couple of months with a new baby in the family, it has been a saving grace for preparing quick meals in no time. I once had a half functional Kitchen, when we were renovating our new home. This tip came in very handy. So what’s the tip?
It’s blending onions, ginger, garlic, and peppers with a bit of oil, bottling, and refrigerating for future use. I tend to blend and bottle each vegetable/spice separately but nothing is stopping you from making combinations such as garlic &ginger or Garlic/ginger/onion mixture. I use oil to help with the blending as it helps with preservation.
Use these blends when cooking, and seasoning meat, chicken, or fish. All you need to do is add a spoon or more during cooking. It does save time and cut out all the stress of preparation.
- Prepare storage bottles by sterilizing them in a hot water bath or dishwasher. Completely air dry bottles before use.
- For longer storage, freeze in freezable containers.
- Apart from the Peppers, the others can last up to a month refrigeration.
- Keep these safety tips to ensure it doesn’t go off or get contaminated.
- Use a clean spoon every time.
- Do not contaminate blends with other ingredients being used in cooking.
- Do not let blends sit on kitchen counter for too long. Place back in fridge as soon as you spoon out.
Kitchen Hacks – Ginger, Garlic & Onion Paste (Ghana Trio + One)
- Fresh Onions, any type will do
- Fresh Ginger
- Fresh Garlic
- Fresh Pepper
- Vegetable oil
Peel the fresh vegetable or spice.
Roughly chop up and place in a blender or food processor.
Add enough oil to blend the onions. Do not add water. If the vegetable or spice is dirty and needs rinsing, rinse it in water and allow it to air dry before blending.
Pour the blend into sterilised bottles, and cover tightly.
Label bottles stating name and date blend was made. Refrigerate for use later.