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Tip 3: How to save money in the kitchen: Freeze soy bean sprouts / Cómo ahorrar dinero en la cocina: Congela los brotes de soja

En estos tiempos de crisis no nos queda otro remedio que ahorrar y para ello aquí va un truquillo para ahorrar dinero en la cocina y a la vez organizarnos mejor.

Con este truquillo evitaremos que algunos productos perecederos, como son los brotes de soja, se nos echen a perder. Los brotes son de esos productos que una vez abierto el envase, sólo tenemos 2/3 días para acabarlos de consumir. Como a mí no me gusta estar varios días comiendo lo mismo, lo que hago es congelar el producto que me sobra si veo que no voy a poder consumirlo en los próximos días y así evito repetir comida y conservo el producto por más tiempo en perfectas condiciones. Aquí tenéis el vídeo y las instrucciones sobre cómo congelar brotes de soja:

1. Pon aguar a hervir

2. Lava los brotes de soja

3. Acláralos

4. Escáldalos durante 5 minutos

5. Remuévelos mientras hierven

6. Acláralos de nuevo con agua fría

7. Déjalos reposar en agua fría unos 5 minutos

8.  Acláralos de nuevo y elimina el exceso de agua

9. Pónlos sobre una servilleta de papel

10. Usa otra servilleta de papel para secarlos

11. Sécalos bien

12. Guarda los brotes en una bolsa para congelar

13. Anota en la bolsa el contenido, el peso y la fecha en que congelas el producto

14. Se pueden conservar en el congelador hasta 3 meses


In these times we have to save more than ever. To that end, here is another tip for saving money in the kitchen, while we get better organized at the same time.

This tip is to prevent some perishable goods, such as soy bean sprouts, from spoiling.  Soy bean sprouts is a type of product that once opened, you just have 2/3 days to eat them. Since I do not like to spend several days eating the same thing I freeze the remaining product if I’m not going to consume it in the coming days. In this way I avoid repeating a meal  and I keep the product longer in better conditions. Here you have the video and the instructions on how to freeze soy bean sprouts:

1. Boil some water

2. Wash the soy bean sprouts

3. Rinse them

4. Scald them just for 5 minutes

5. Stir them while boiling

6. Rinse them again with cold water

7. Leave them in cold water for 5 minutes

8. After a while, rinse them and remove water exceed

9. Put them on a paper towel

10. Use another paper towel to dry them

11. Dry them well

12. Keep the sprouts on a freezer bag

13. Write down on the bag the content, the weight and the date in which you freeze the product

14. They can be kept in the freezer up to 3 months

Tip 2: How to organize the dishcloths drawer/Cómo organizar el cajón de los trapos de cocina

Another tip I want to share with you is how to organize the dishcloths drawer.  In the video below I show you how to fold dishcloths in order to gain extra space. In this way now I have an extra drawer for other kitchen gadgets. It’s a simple but efficient way. Why making a video about this? As  you know «a picture is word a thousand words«. By the way this video has the voice in Spanish and the subtitles in English.

Otro tip que quiero compartir con vosotros es cómo organizar el cajón de los trapos de cocina. En el vídeo inferior os muestro cómo doblar los trapos para ganar más espacio. Así he conseguido un cajón extra para otros utensilios de cocina. Es una forma supersencilla y eficaz. ¿Por qué hacer un vídeo sobre esto? Cómo dice el refrán: una imagen vale más que mil palabras. Por cierto, el  vídeo tiene la voz en español y los subtítulos en inglés.

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A picture is worth a thousand words

The adage «A picture is worth a thousand words» refers to the idea that complex stories can be described with just a single still image, or that an image may be more influential than a substantial amount of text. It also aptly characterizes the goals of visualization where large amounts of data must be absorbed quickly.

It is believed that the modern use of the phrase stems from an article by Fred R. Barnard in the advertising trade journal Printers’ Ink, promoting the use of images in advertisements that appeared on the sides of streetcars.[1] The December 8, 1921 issue carries an ad entitled, «One Look is Worth A Thousand Words.»

Another ad by Barnard appears in the March 10, 1927 issue with the phrase «One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words,» where it is labeled a Chinese proverb (??????). The Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Familiar Phrases quotes Barnard as saying he called it «a Chinese proverb, so that people would take it seriously.» Soon after, the proverb would become popularly attributed to Confucius.

Despite this modern origin of the popular phrase, the sentiment has been expressed by earlier writers. For example the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev wrote (in Fathers and Sons in 1862), «A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.»

The quote is sometimes attributed to emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who said «Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu’un long discours,» or «A good sketch is better than a long speech». While this is sometimes translated today as «A picture is worth a thousand words,» this translation may not predate the phrase’s common use in English.

Computer programmer and author Fred Brooks makes a similar statement regarding programming in The Mythical Man-Month: «Show me your flowcharts and conceal your tables, and I shall continue to be mystified. Show me your tables, and I won’t usually need your flowcharts; they’ll be obvious.» The phrase has also been spoofed by John McCarthy, the famous computer scientist, to make the opposite point: «As the Chinese say, 1001 words is worth more than a picture.»[2]

[edit] References

  • The Dictionary of Clichés by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).

Tip 1: How to organize your recipes

This is my little recipe folder. In this folder I keep those recipes I’ve downloaded from the Internet, the ones I often do, etc.

I really think having the recipes organized like this is really useful since at a single glance you can easily go to the type of recipe you want to make.

My categories are:

Salads and starters, creams and soups, vegetables, rice, pasta, meat, fish, desserts, sauses and menues.

You can go directly to the section you are interested in.

For instance, today I want to make a dessert, so I go to the dessert section and I easily find the recipe I want to make.

Having recipes in this plastic folders are really useful because you can take them out while you are cooking and they are protected from stains.

What I usually do in order to have the recipe at hand is hanging it from the cupboard and in this way I easily can check the ingredients and the step by step section from the recipe.

Watch the video and leave me a comment on how you organize your recipes and if you have found this tip useful.

Lot of thanks!