Fire, Fire, Pants on Fire!

Karina’s ‘Hot’ Safety Cooking Tip!


Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen, but away from the stove and other heat sources. Fire extinguishers should be maintained in a serviceable condition. If the marker is in the red position, it is not in a good operational condition. If the marker is in the green position, it is in good operational condition. Please note, the correct type of Fire Extinguisher must be purchased dependant on the type of kitchen appliance (or other machine/equipment) you are using.

Keep a Fire Blanket near the kitchen, but away from any heat sources.

Keep a chart of all your Emergency Contacts, such as:  Fire, Medical, Police, the Poisons Information Centre and all other Emergency Contacts.

If your cooking oil catches on fire, there are many things you can do. The below list does not cover everything, so always call the Fire Brigade if there is an uncontrolled fire:

– If the fire gets out of control, don’t try to save the day. Evacuate IMMEDIATELY and call Emergency!

– Turn your stove, oven or other heat source completely off. After your heat source has been turned off, do not touch or move the pot, pan or other cooking instrument/appliance.

– If you cover your pot, pan or cooking instrument/appliance with a metal lid, it will choke the fire and deplete it of oxygen, which is what you want, since fires love oxygen and you hate fires!

There are countless other safety cooking tips I can offer, however, I’ll have to nibble at these bit by bit!

Stay safe in the kitchen!


Karina x


Freeze, Busta!

Karina’s ‘Cool’ Cooking Tip!


There are many ways you can save time in the kitchen. Although I always like to cook fresh from the garden and the butcher, there are times when one may need an emergency supply. Emergency supplies can be a real blessing and you may like to use your emergency supplies more often than originally planned!

The following is my abbreviated list of food categories, which are all freezable:

– Most fruits, provided you will only use defrosted fruits for baking, cooking, or making fruit drinks such as milkshakes. If you eat frozen fruit defrosted, without cooking it, it will stay soggy and not taste very palatable.

– Stock, frozen in small portions (freezer-proof containers or freezer-proof bags). Freezing in small portions allows you to readily take a portion out every time you need it, which saves you a tonne of time! From this, you can make stews, sauces, curries and more!

– Some vegetables are better than others at maintaining some food-integrity after freezing. Examples of vegetables that freeze well are: Carrots, Broccoli, Corn and Green Beans.

– Meat of all kinds: raw or cooked. I prefer to only freeze raw meat, however, if you’re a busy parent, freezing cooked food will save you a bucket-load of time!

– Baked goods of many kinds.

N.B. with all the above mentioned food and food products, it is recommended to ensure the frozen particles do not enter your food. One way to ensure this does not happen, is to firstly place your food into a freezer-proof bag, then into a freezer-proof container, followed by popping it straight into the freezer!

Personally, I prefer to not freeze my cooked food, unless I am in a hurry. These tips will save you loads of time!


Karina x