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15 tips to help you cruise through cooking

It’s always great to have an epiphany in the kitchen: that idea that makes things so much easier, faster or more creative.

In the warmer months, everyone wants to spend less hours in the kitchen and more time outside, by the barbecue, near a beach or pool, or just enjoying simple eating.

Our kitchen tips to get you in and out of the kitchen in no time

      1. If you place your meat in the freezer for ten minutes or so, it’ll be easier to cut into super-thin slices for that stir-fry for carpaccio.
      1. Roast whole garlic cloves, skin and all, to add delicious flavour to roast veggies or meats. Squeeze soft roasted cloves onto bread or use in dips and sauces.
      1. Bacon – if you can, use it! It almost, always makes things taste better!
      1. Roll leafy salads and herbs in towel before placing in containers or bags. The towel will soak up moisture and extend their life. Just replace the paper when too damp.
      1. Lemon juice in sautéed vegetables brightens them right up. Add a squeeze to mushrooms with a dash of soy sauce for the mushroomiest- mushrooms you’ve ever tasted.
      1. A simple dash of vinegar can take soups or stews from hearty and heavy, to fresh and flavourful.
      1. Bought fresh, pre-peeled garlic lasts weeks in the fridge and despite what some snooty chefs might say, we think it tastes great. Add peeled garlic to a jar of olive oil and a day or two later, voila, garlic oil!
      1. Ginger can be tricky to peel with all its bumps and irregularities. Put down the knife and use a spoon to scrape that skin right off. Use the shavings to make ginger tea, minimising waste.
      1. Use unscented dental floss to cut through soft cheeses or cakes.
      1. Bananas often go brown before they can be used. But don’t throw over-ripe ones away; peel and freeze them for baking or smoothies. Make sure you peel them first, peeling frozen bananas isn’t fun.
      1. Sure, this might be a contentious one, but we think citrus fruits, cheese and chocolate all taste best at room temperature.
      1. Keeping a small dish of bi-carb soda in the microwave, oven and fridge will kill odours from reheated meals or funky foods.
      1. Don’t let leftover red or white wine go to waste. Freeze it in ice cubes ready for your next bolognese or béchamel sauce or risotto.
      1. Potatoes absorb excess salt or spice in dishes – as does rice and pastry too! Rescue overdone flavours by adding spuds or rice or turning the dish into a pie using pastry.
      1. Keeping vegetable skins on is not only nutritious, it also saves peeling – which is a bit of a chore. Plus, roasted pumpkin skins are actually soft and tasty.

Kleenheat customer exclusive: WIN one of four Thermomix TM6 appliances

Thermomix claims to combine the functions of 12 different appliances in one: weighing, mixing, chopping, milling, kneading, blending, steaming, cooking, beating, precise heating, stirring and emulsifying. 

How do you like the sound of a kitchen appliance that guides you through step-by-step cooking with just the touch of a button?

Kleenheat’s all about making gas easy so life can just flow, so this month we’re giving four Kleenheat customers the chance to win a Thermomix TM6, each worth $2,269.

Plus, 20 runners-up will score a $100 Coles gift card!

Simply enter your details for the chance to win. Entries close 3:00pm on Wednesday 2 October.

This competition is now closed.

Not a Kleenheat customer? If you’re yet to join the thousands of WA households choosing Kleenheat for their gas needs – and awesome competitions like this one – switch to WA’s born and bred provider today.

 

70 Responses to “15 tips to help you cruise through cooking

  1. September 18, 2019 at 3:15 pm
    Sinead McCartan said:

    I eventually got to be a Kleenheat customer! Yay! I was so excited about your great pricing but then discovered my new apartment didn”t have gas and I had to call back and cancel, slightly embarrassed! I have since moved and I now have gas and you guys were my first choice!

  2. September 18, 2019 at 5:41 pm
    Elaine Bond said:

    love to win a themomix….

  3. September 19, 2019 at 11:06 am
    Rosa Illingworth said:

    I would love to win a thermomix. Friends have one and they love them.

  4. September 19, 2019 at 11:06 am
    Annette said:

    I”ve only ever dreamed of having a thermomix! It”s been on my wish list for many years.

  5. September 19, 2019 at 11:09 am
    RaechalR Roy said:

    Love to win a thermomix and make life easier as working long hrs

  6. September 19, 2019 at 11:10 am
    Kris said:

    Kleenheat are by far the cheapest gas company with the best service.

  7. September 19, 2019 at 11:11 am
    Carol Abivin said:

    Love the idea of freezing left over red wine for our next bolognese! I”ll let you know how it tastes when i make my first one in my new thermo🤣🙏

  8. September 19, 2019 at 11:14 am
    Heather said:

    Would love to win the new thermomix. My daughter (4) loves to help her Nanna cook risotto in hers.

  9. September 19, 2019 at 11:18 am
    Mel Pearce said:

    Entry submitted, thanks! You may want to get someone to spell check your 15 tips……. :)

    • Courtney
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      September 19, 2019 at 1:41 pm
      Courtney said:

      Good luck Mel, and thanks – onto the sneaky edits that escaped us!

  10. September 19, 2019 at 11:18 am
    retief Hurter said:

    Wife will love me. Will be the best Anniversary gift ever

  11. September 19, 2019 at 11:21 am
    Wayne Pitts said:

    Pick me please…

  12. September 19, 2019 at 11:23 am
    Kathryn H said:

    Great customer service, even better prices! Really happy with being with kleenheat! Thanks for supplying gas & zero issues with it in my house hold!
    Love seeing you guys at the food & wine shows in Perth too! Great staff , always lovely

  13. September 19, 2019 at 11:23 am
    Leah Lord said:

    Hope I win!

  14. September 19, 2019 at 11:30 am
    Aldo Carlino said:

    Kitchen too small…need Thermomix TM6…but then the dilemma…using less gas…I”m torn. Can you use a Thermomix TM6 on a gas stove? 🤔… No seriously, kitchen is too small – really need a Thermomix TM6! 🙏🏻

  15. September 19, 2019 at 11:31 am
    Michelle Batt said:

    Kleeheat does make gas easy and a thermomix will make cooking easy

  16. September 19, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Marie Browning said:

    Very happy to be a Kkeenheat customer. Excellent pricing….

  17. September 19, 2019 at 11:48 am
    Candice said:

    Love the tips, I”m sure they will come in handy! Love kleenheat gas! I love the fact that they give such an awesome discount and the best part is that you can pay your bill over 3 months which is fantastic considering the cost of living is continuously rising! #Winning!

  18. September 19, 2019 at 11:53 am
    Adam Vilardi said:

    And very passionate about cooking love to win a Thermo mix for my son

  19. September 19, 2019 at 11:58 am
    Isabell Ellingham said:

    Wow what an awesome, generous prize, thanks Kleenheat. Of course I”m hoping to be one of the lucky winners!

  20. September 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    Kellie Halbert said:

    Love the tips! Especially the potato one to soak up excess salt :)
    Haven”t seen that one before – thank you!

  21. September 19, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    Ean Cameron said:

    Happy being a Kleenheat customer. I have saved $1669 since being a Kleenheat customer.
    Thanks

  22. September 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Elaine Harlow said:

    Definitely going to try the mushrooms

  23. September 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    ZOE said:

    Love kleenheat and would love a themomix in my kitchen…:)

  24. September 19, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    Derry Macqueen said:

    Thank you for all those good tips, but tip 1 needs correcting. How many minutes was that? :-)

    • Courtney
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      September 19, 2019 at 1:38 pm
      Courtney said:

      Hope these help you out Derry and thanks for catching those little edits for us!

  25. September 19, 2019 at 12:39 pm
    David said:

    Our oven and and hotplate are gas and would not have anything else except a Thermomix TM6.
    The Lazy Chef

  26. September 19, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    David said:

    Here”s 5 more SIMPLE Tip”s within our Kitchen Areas just using Lemons/Lemon Juice

    1. Cutting Boards that have stained, rub Lemon Juice on the affected areas and let natures bleaching acid to it”s magic.
    2. Periodically, put half a Lemon in a small ceramic boll, put it in your Microwave Oven & nuke it for 3 minutes on high, leaving it in there for a few hours. All smells/odours/germs gone.
    3. Roast Pork, bring it out of the fridge so it”s at room temperature BEFORE you put it in the oven. Just before putting it in, rub liberally with Lemon Juice all over the skin & scored areas, let it soak in for a good 10 minutes, then salt as appropriate and put it in your Oven. Natures acid on the skin does wonders & it doesn”t leave any taste residue. AND it”s less on all the FAT.
    4. Work benches, don”t need fancy hygiene wipes, just paper towel & Lemon juice to kill and clean the area.
    5. Badly stained coffee/teacups, saucers & pots, just wipe with decent slices of Lemon, leave and let it do its magic.
    There are numerous other things we can do with Lemons not only in the Kitchen, but all around the house. It”s Mother Nature”s own bleach/acid that gets overlooked.

    • Courtney
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      September 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm
      Courtney said:

      Wowwee David, thanks for the extra tips!

  27. September 19, 2019 at 12:54 pm
    Gordon said:

    I joined Kleenheat when they first brought competition into gas supply. Now there are many competitors but you deserve loyalty.

  28. September 19, 2019 at 12:57 pm
    Claire Andrews said:

    Would love to win a Thermomix.

  29. September 19, 2019 at 12:57 pm
    Claire Andrews said:

    Wow would love to win one.

  30. September 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm
    Karen Sellin said:

    Thanks Kleenheat another great competition. It”s good to see a company that routinely rewards existing customers rather then competitions to always entice people to sign up. Well done!!!

  31. September 19, 2019 at 1:17 pm
    Laura Giesberts said:

    I”ve wanted one for a while now. Was a bit scared at first after the explosions but that has been resolved. Life would juist be so much easier with a Thermomix. Great price

  32. September 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm
    Anand Sathees Kumar said:

    I would love to win this.

  33. September 19, 2019 at 1:24 pm
    Belinda said:

    The transition to Kleenheat has been so easy.
    The whole process was a breeze…and they offered us the best possible discount as well. Thank you Kleenheat

  34. September 19, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    Cath said:

    Kleenheat”s has made our gas easy ! so the chance to win a Thermomix TM6 to make our cooking life easy would be sensational. I have dreamed of having one of these for many years, thanks Kleenheat xxxxxx

  35. September 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm
    Irene Phillips said:

    I am very impressed also with Kleenheat in that they are the only Company that we deal with that, when they offer reduced prices these reductions are also extended to existing customers. Winning a Thermomix TM6 Appliance would be “the cream on the cake”. Great competition prize!

  36. September 19, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    Renee Lothian said:

    Kleenheat is amazing in offering discounts and helping me save my hard earned money. Great company.

  37. September 19, 2019 at 1:50 pm
    Jayne Morrone said:

    What a fantastic competition idea. Would love to win a Thermo mix to give my daughter as a wedding present.

  38. September 19, 2019 at 2:03 pm
    Jan said:

    So excited to see a competition to win a Thermomix. Good thinking Kleenheat! ✔️

  39. September 19, 2019 at 2:15 pm
    Tenita said:

    Great tips, thank you! Would love to win a Thermomix!

  40. September 19, 2019 at 2:18 pm
    Lorraine Mcneil said:

    OmGosh, a Thermomix. What a dream come true that would be!! Good luck everyone, but I do hope its me. Thanks Kleenheat for a great opportunity to win something so great.

  41. September 19, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    ROBIN PAGES said:

    Use red wine left overs in baking rock cakes and similar, instead of using milk to moisten batter up. Yummy.

  42. September 19, 2019 at 3:03 pm
    ROBIN PAGES said:

    Really appreciate all the tips. May I add that to use red wine left overs in cake batter instead of milk makes for a yummy bun, cake or muffin.

    • Courtney
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      September 19, 2019 at 5:28 pm
      Courtney said:

      Ooo! Thanks Robin! Might have to test this one out!

  43. September 19, 2019 at 3:14 pm
    Terry said:

    I would love to win the new Thermomix TM6 for my wife Karen who is a great cook :) and loves to cook and bake for family and friends.

  44. September 19, 2019 at 3:45 pm
    Anthony Ormrod said:

    I would love to one of the Thermomix TM6 as i have never won any thing in any competition i have gone into.

  45. September 19, 2019 at 3:45 pm
    Anthony Ormrod said:

    thank you.

  46. September 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm
    Jenny said:

    I would love to win a thermomix. I have been to a few demonstration parties and they seem really good. The price has been the only reason I haven”t purchased. Fingers crossed I will be one of the lucky winners. Thanks Kleenheat

  47. September 19, 2019 at 4:01 pm
    Ian Whyte said:

    I recently decided to review my Kleenheat gas against the opposition. It was clear that Kleenheat is still the cheapest.

  48. September 19, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    Joyce Campbell said:

    Would love Thermomix for my 80th birthday in Feb. My daughter has one and she makes my pastry for me in half the time it take me and turns out perfect every time.

  49. September 19, 2019 at 4:31 pm
    Pia Bakowski said:

    Love that tip about freezing red or white wine, never thought to do that! And the meat in freezer before slicing thin, genius!!! Thankyou!

  50. September 19, 2019 at 4:33 pm
    Pia Bakowski said:

    Ps How good David! Now gotta get me some lemonsssss!!

  51. September 19, 2019 at 5:11 pm
    Nick Nicoloff said:

    I have to win this Thermomix TM6 so I can give it to my wife of 42 years so she can half the cooking time, this way more time together. Love you Sandy.😍

  52. September 19, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    stuart riddell said:

    As aged pensioners anything that will help n preparing healthy meals is a real bonus.
    This device would be fabulous for us
    Please!!!
    Stuart

  53. September 19, 2019 at 7:13 pm
    Sydney D Ness said:

    Hi, I am an 86 year old widower living on my own, and I do all my own cooking, so winning a Thermomix TM6 would be a boon to me as it would allow me to go out and socialize more often. I have been a customer of Kleenheat for several years now and I have been extremely happy with the service and price.

  54. September 19, 2019 at 11:01 pm
    Leah Romyn said:

    Anything that makes my meals while I work long hours would be a fabulous gift. I hope the winners appreciate this great prize!

  55. September 20, 2019 at 6:54 am
    Lesley said:

    I appreciate Kleanheat”s competitive prices but what I like best of all is that its a Western Australian company.

    • Courtney
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      September 20, 2019 at 8:55 am
      Courtney said:

      Thanks for the support Lesley!

  56. September 20, 2019 at 7:26 am
    elaine allwright said:

    Freeze left over wine ? I don”t understand ,what is left over wine !

  57. September 20, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Kenneth Aberdeen said:

    Would love to give my wife a Thermomix to help her in the kitchen. Kleenheat has always been good for us.

  58. September 20, 2019 at 9:26 am
    Kenneth Aberdeen said:

    I would love to give my wife a Thermomix to help her in the kitchen.

  59. September 20, 2019 at 10:49 am
    Cristo said:

    This machine sounds just like the solution of all my problems. 😉

  60. September 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm
    marjorie puccinelli said:

    even husband could use this fabulous machine and save me some work. I am a kleenheat gas customer for some yeas now .. regards marj

  61. September 20, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    Jean said:

    Elaine, I”m with you. Leftover wine? I”ve never seen it.

  62. September 21, 2019 at 8:20 am
    Aldo Carlino said:

    I”m sorry, but I don”t understand one of your tips? Left over Red Wine? 🤔 …is there even such a thing? 😂

  63. September 22, 2019 at 8:04 am
    Judy Nauta said:

    WA company cheaper bills. I would love to win a thermomix it would be a dream come true

  64. September 22, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    Maureen said:

    My hubby will take over the cooking if I win a Thermomix, yippee !

  65. September 22, 2019 at 4:35 pm
    Ann Young said:

    I would love to win this fabulous Theromix!