Wednesday, April 18, 2018





What is cooking?
Cooking or cookery is the art, technology and craft of preparing food for consumption with or without the use of heat.The practice or skill of preparing food by combining, mixing, and heating ingredient to enhance the nutritional value of  the food.




What is cooking without fire?

Cooking without fire includes Washing vegetables to tender pure before peeling ,cutting, chopping ,mixing etc.It could also mean sun-drying fruits  or vegetables to yield products that could be preserved or pickled using oil and spices.


History
There is evidence that Homo erectus was cooking their food as early as 500,000 years ago.Anthropologists think that ancient humans consumed raw fruits , vegetables and meats. However they used to cut them into thin slices or pounded them with hammerstone to make it easier to chew.



Methods of cooking without fire…
      Dehydrated food
      Freeze dried
      Pickling




Dehydrated Food
Food drying is a method of   food preservation that works by removing water from the food, which inhibits the growth of bacteria and has been practiced worldwide since ancient times to preserve food.



Freeze Dried
Freeze-drying—technically known as lyophilisation is a dehydration process typically used to preserve a perishable material.Freeze-drying works by freezing the material and then reducing the surrounding pressure to allow the frozen water in the material to sublime directly from the solid phase to the gas phase.

Pickling
Pickling is the process of preserving or expanding the lifespan of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or immersion in vinegar.The resulting food is called a pickle.The pickling procedure will typically affect the food's texture and flavour.


Health Benefits
The idea is that heating food destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes, which is bad because enzymes boost digestion and fight chronic disease. A raw food diet is low in calories, high in fibre, and based on primarily healthy whole-plant foods, so eating this way will lead to weight lossWhen you cook it, you kill it.


Eating lots of veggies and fruits helps control blood pressure. The diet is low in sodium, so it might help lower your chance of stroke, heartfailure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer, and kidney disease. Losing weight and keeping it off can help prevent or manage diabetes.Some uncooked and unpasturized foods are linked to food-borne illness, you’ll need to wash your food thoroughly and be extra careful with risky foods like sprouts, raspberries, unpasteurized juices, green onions, and lettuce.Due to the risk of food poisoning, a raw foods diet isn't recommended for pregnant women, young children, seniors, people with weak immune systems, and those with chronic medical conditions like kidney disease



 Cooking without fire(Modern Concept)

Fire is undoubtedly the most essential ingredient in modern day cooking. It helps in enhancing the taste of several dishes.Well,, Cooking without Fire certainly is a fascinating thought, as we are now entering into the world where innovations like oil-less cooking are looking to take over the traditional food making processes.






Sandwiches
When we think about cooking without fire recipes, Sandwich is the first thing that comes to our mind.Sandwiches are also healthier snacks than deep fried snacks. You can enjoy them anytime without worrying about calories and other health issues.
 Here’s the list of sandwiches that can be made without fire –
   Butter sandwich           Cucumber sandwich
   Cheese sandwich          Coleslaw sandwich
   Chutney sandwich        Fruit sandwich



Milkshakes
This is what you need for a perfect milkshake – Milk, Yogurt/Fresh Cream, Sugar and your favorite fruit.List of popular Indian milkshake varieties –
      Mango Milkshake
      Dry-fruit Milkshake
      Chikoo Milkshake
      Sweet Lime Milkshake



Fruit Chaat
A lip smacking chaat, which is made by tossing together fruits with indian spices in hydrating, refreshing fruit juices is truly healthy.



Sprouts Chaat
Kidney beansmoong dal and black channa are sprouted and tossed along with diced paneer, onions, green chillies, tomatoes and a host of spices



Cucumber Black olive & Mint Salad
A chunky salad of cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and peppery mint leaves drizzled with a sauce made of black olives.

Watermelon & Feta Cheese Salad
The perfect summer salad of melon and feta cheese topped with mint leaves, tossed in balsamic vinegar.

Chilled Melon Soup

An absolutely refreshing soup made with melons, grape juice and lime. Throw in some more fruits for a delightful treat.


Red Velvet No Bake Cheesecake
Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake is rich & creamy with perfect flavour and colour made with cookie crumbles , whip topping , cream cheese, red food colour … and little effort…


Conclusion

The concept of cooking without fire may seem really cool, but we don’t think we can live with it for long.  It’s just good for fun learning experiences and occasional competitions.Fire has improved our food cultures in many ways over the years. It also helps in getting rid of the harmful bacterias that may be present in raw food items. So, there is no reason to entirely adapt the fireless techniques in modern kitchens.

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