Jan 7 19

LIST OF VEGETABLE SCRAPS YOU SHOULDN’T THROW AWAY

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Vegetables are necessary for healthy living. But most of us discard the best parts of vegetables without even realising their actual benefits.

Listed below are some of the most popular and common veggie scraps which we belittle:

Fibre-rich broccoli stalks help in the smooth functioning of the body. The leaves contain vitamins and antioxidants, which aid in red blood cell production. You can use them in salads, smoothies etc.

Cucumber skin is often peeled off and discarded, but it’s more nutritious than the flesh. It contains vitamin K, which aids in bone health and proper blood clotting. You can add them to your salads, smoothies or can even make soup out of it.

Cilantro stems carry nutrition which helps maintain blood sugar and also prevent cell, protein and DNA damage. You can use them in your soups, stews, salsas or can grind to make juice.

Most people throw away the leafy beet greens but little did they know that these are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. They help preserve strong eyesight and also prevent cataracts. You can use beet greens for soups, sautées, smoothies, salads and juices.

Next time you get these vegetables, make sure you don’t ditch these veggie scraps.

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Dec 24 18

THINGS TO DO WHEN MOVING INTO YOUR NEW HOME

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Congratulations on your new home!

Honestly speaking, nothing can beat the excitement of a new homeowner.

But, there’s a lot that goes while moving into a new home. And, if one is not well prepared then the transition process might prove quite daunting.

This ultimate checklist has been designed to help you accomplish the shifting smoothly:

 

Change the locks

The moment you take possession of the new house, change the locks of the main door. You really don’t know who else has keys to your property.

Transfer utilities

You need to set up your utilities before you move into your new locality. It feels great once you have electricity, gas and running water in your new house.

Plan your leaves

Notify your employer about your shifting process in advance. Make sure to schedule your deliveries, repairs and installations only when you are at home.

Gather important documents

There can be no better time than this to segregate and label all your important documents – identity proofs, educational and professional certificates, medical records, policy papers and anything else of that nature.

Get to work

Dump all the unwanted things and make a list of what needs to be replaced, keeping in mind the layout and measurements of your new home. It’s advised to label your boxes to avoid unnecessary hassles.

Also, prepare an open box where you should pack everything you need for the first 24 hours in your new home – mattress, a pair of fresh clothes, your toothbrush, some snacks, water and some cash.

Take furniture on rent

Furniture shifting is painful. Thanks to platforms like PepperFryRentOMojo etc. which have made life easier by providing rental furniture with pocket-friendly payment options.

 

Get a modular kitchen

Lastly, book a modular kitchen from Ultrafresh. We promise to lessen your burden by helping you set up a perfect kitchen for your dream home right from scratch.

We hope the above checklist helps you stay calm and organized as you shift to a new space.

You can contact us speak to one of our kitchen consultants at 1800 226 900.

And, do welcome us for your house warming!

 

Dec 13 18

4 WAYS TO BATTLE KITCHEN SMELLS

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It’s interesting to note how our senses react to the different stages that undergo inside a kitchen. Our taste buds and nostrils feel pampered on the arrival of food but the same nostrils can’t withstand the strong kitchen odour post cooking.

Here are 4 tips to get rid of pungent kitchen smells:

Follow the basics

Open the windows and let the fresh air come in to drive out the bad smell. In addition to that, the exhaust fan can get rid of smells out before they settle inside the kitchen.

Don’t wait for the eleventh hour

Instead of saving the messy and soiled dishes for later, clean them up right away with hot, soapy water.

Light a scented candle

Post cooking, you can light a candle to freshen up the kitchen. Candles are a good way to kill strong, pungent odour.

Make your own freshener

Spices like cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise can do wonders to your stinky kitchen. All you have to do is to simmer a small pot of water or apple cider on the stove and add the above spices. Within minutes, you can feel your kitchen odour free.

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Dec 6 18

LIST OF FRUIT SCRAPS YOU SHOULDN’T THROW AWAY!

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Fruits come with so many amazing benefits but most of us throw away the best parts of fruits without even realising how nutrient-rich they are.
Listed below are some of the common fruit scraps which we belittle:

The peel and the pith (white spongy part around the flesh) of an orange are pretty useful than we realise. Studies show that the rich nutrients present in the pith help lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and inflammation. Also, pectin (present in both peel and pith) suppresses hunger. You can use leftover orange peel to zest up your meals, toss into smoothies or put in baked goods.

 

Apple skin has slightly more nutrition than the flesh. The nutrients present in the skin helps remove toxins and waste from the body, and clean out the digestive system. It also helps reduce body inflammation.

Usually, people discard the watermelon rind along with the white flesh. Not many know that – citrulline (present in the white flesh) improves blood circulation and helps prevent cancer.
Next time you purchase these fruits, make sure you get the most out of them.
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Nov 29 18

SOME COOL WAYS TO REUSE LEFTOVERS

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In today’s time, leftovers have become a routine outcome of our busy lives. Demanding work schedules and other commitments have shortened the amount of time spent in the kitchen. That’s why more and more people these days are comfortable with leftovers than preparing food all over again.

Listed below are some of the best ways to revive your leftovers:

 

Rice

Preheat your oven to 180°C and evenly spread leftover rice into a baking dish. Loosely cover with aluminium foil and make a few holes for the steam to escape. Allow it to bake for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, uncover and stir gently with a spatula. Bake it for another 5 minutes.

Meat

Heat up your chicken or fish in a moderately hot oven (about 200°C) in a baking dish. Add optimum amount of water (take care not to dilute your dish), cover with aluminium foil and bake until warmed through.

Pizza

Preheat your oven to a low broil, place your pizza slices into a cast iron pan and heat it in the oven. The cast iron helps in making the crust crispier while the low broil makes the cheese fluffy again.

Pasta

Heat about 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and double cream, allow it to a simmer. Then add leftover pasta, stir and cook for some time. Your pasta will become saucy again and ready to eat.

 

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Nov 20 18

5 NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS OF 2019 THAT YOU CAN EASILY PULL OFF

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It’s that time of the year when people start preparing their New Year resolutions. But, isn’t it funny that most of us fail to stick to our ‘self-improvement’ list?

Resolutions are meant to make us more efficient and better, and they should not be intangible. Over the years, this list has kept evolving across all geographies.

 

Here are the top five resolutions of 2019 that you can easily pull off!

Have you ever wondered that with the advent of gadgets you have started compromising on your sleep? A good sleep ensures proper mind development. And, a complete ban on electronics from the bedroom might be exactly what you need!

Successful people never stop learning. Exploring new content helps broaden your outlook on different perspectives. It also helps keep up updated with the latest trends.

The fast paced life has deprived us of our time for self. Take some time off your busy schedule, travel solo and relax in the nature’s lap. Studies show that taking break actually makes us more productive.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. Use public transports as much as possible instead of driving when you can. Such small gestures will help Mother Nature.

Lastly, a modular kitchen is the perfect gift that you can give to your family and home. It has so many amazing benefits which make cooking such a delightful experience.

Speak to one of ULTRAFRESH‘s kitchen consultants at 1800 226 900 and let’s help begin the process of your kitchen’s transformation.

Oct 26 18

5 KITCHEN ELEMENTS THAT NEED YOUR ATTENTION THIS DIWALI!

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Dussehra fever is over but Diwali is around the corner again. It’s that time of the year when people are the happiest. One can witness uninterrupted celebrations, a sense of positivity all around.

Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil, love over hate and hope over despair. Apart from the traditional fireworks and exchange of gifts, there are other rituals too which people love to follow religiously. And, cleanliness is one of them.

Kitchen is considered to be a sacred place. Therefore, it needs to be kept clean. But, there are few elements inside the kitchen which are often left unattended. These pose a risk to your health and therefore needs detailed cleaning.

Here is a list of such health hazards:

 

KITCHEN SPONGES

Kitchen sponges are the most unclean objects in the house, even dirtier than your bathroom sink. It’s advised to change them regularly or use them only after sanitizing in some bleach solution.

 

GASKETS

 

Rubber attracts mold and E. coli. Apart from the base and inner portion of the mixer/blender, it’s important to clean the gasket too. Subsequent use increases the chances of contamination.

 

SPATULA

 

Often, the junction point of the handle and face of a spatula is not attended properly while cleaning. Therefore, it’s a potential haven for mold and E. coli.

 

 

KITCHEN TAP

 

So many people use the kitchen tap. It’s a no brainer that it’s one of the most neglected things in the kitchen. The top, side, underside and base of the tap need more attention than they actually get. 

 

KNIFE BLOCK

These make a great breeding place for bacteria. Over a period of time, dirt and debris build in the crevices. Further, most people don’t wash their knives after using them and when these unclean objects come in contact with the block or other foods, they contaminate them too.

 

Proper cleaning means paying attention to the smallest of corners. Take care to clean the above mentioned items to avoid sickness and poor health, and ensure safety to your family.

There can be no better time than now, to get a modular kitchen for your family! 

 

The festive season is all about spreading happiness. That’s why we are offering additional gifts worth 25K on every purchase.

Speak to one of Ultrafresh‘s expert kitchen consultants at 1800 226 900 and let’s help begin the process of your kitchen’s transformation.

Oct 19 18

Know your kitchen before you transform it.

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“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.” – Chef Auguste Escoffier

 

And, good food is always round the corner when you have a well-organised kitchen at your service. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home and is a significant contributor to your happiness. It is that place where the entire family wishes to dine together after a busy day; it is that space where your favourite meals are cooked. Be it a normal day or a special house-party, the kitchen is the busiest workplace in your home even though you spend comparatively lesser time here, than in the other rooms. And you would definitely want your cooking zone to be as perfect as your food, isn’t it?

 

Everyone wants to own a dream kitchen where one can cook hassle-free, move effortlessly and be efficient. Planning your dream kitchen can be an exhaustive activity and it’s essential that you know the basics of a kitchen before hurrying into owning one.

 

How many family members would be served at the dining table? What would be your mode of cooking? How much storage space do you need? How often will you host guests at your place? What’s your budget?

 

There are many questions that need to be answered to ascertain your kitchen requirements. But first, you should know about your kitchen inside out.

You must be aware of the different functional units of the kitchen. The ‘must-have’ zones in your kitchen:

 

1.The preparation area is where you clean and cut vegetables, mix spices and chop your  meats to prepare your food. It should essentially consist of knives, cutting boards and other preparation tools.

2.The storage areas are the places you store the food, utensils, kitchen tools etc. Some examples of the same are the fridge, kitchen cabinets, drawers etc.

3.The cooking area is where the food is cooked and this is the place where cooktops, hobs, chimneys, ovens, microwaves and other cooking appliances are kept.

4.The cleaning area is where you wash all the utensils. It consists of the sinks, dishwashers and other equipment used for cleaning.

5.And of course, the dining area is where people can sit and have their food.

 

Cooking activities differ from one household to another and they largely govern the final layout. Ideally, a kitchen should follow the classic triangle theory which states that the cooking area, the storage area and the cleaning area should be aligned in such a way that there is sufficient space for movement and at least three people can work inside simultaneously. It saves your time and energy.

 

ULTRAFRESH can be your ultimate guide to your dream kitchen. We are one of the leading brands in India, providing complete kitchen solutions. Our experts would be happy to help you achieve your perfect kitchen configuration that will not only comply with the kitchen triangular theory but also suit your taste and budget. You could start by knowing the kinds of kitchens that are commonly used.


Straight Kitchen

This is the simplest kitchen layout and is most effective for smaller homes. All the three – storage, cooking and cleaning areas are aligned along a single linear kitchen wall. 

Parallel Kitchen

 In this type of layout, the kitchen houses the different functional units in two parallel counters making way for some space in-between.

U-shaped Kitchen

This is the most ideal kitchen layout. Storage, cooking and cleaning areas are aligned along the three walls of the kitchen.

L-shaped Kitchen

In this type of layout, the two planes of the kitchen counter meet at right angles, offering more flexibility in the arrangement of the various kitchen units. An L-shaped kitchen requires lesser space than a U-shaped kitchen.

Island Kitchen

This type of layout is ideal for kitchens with more space. An island counter is available at the centre of the plan, which can be used according to the requirement. More than one person can easily work in this type of kitchen.

Now that you have ascertained your modular kitchen requirement, it’s time for the next step. A free home consultation by a reputed company. Speak to one of Ultrafresh’s expert kitchen designers at 1800 226 900 and let’s help begin the process of your kitchen’s transformation

Mar 24 18

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