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BN Cuisine With Chef Fregz: “I Didn’t Know You Could Do That!” 10 Useful Basic Kitchen Tips



I love cooking. Maybe we should scratch that because if you’re a regular  reader of this column you can literally feel my love for cooking oozing out of the posts.  Now, when you love cooking as much as I do you’d know that a whole lot goes into the final product you see and enjoy and savor. Cleaning of the kitchen after all the cooking is done is an essential part of being a good cook and many people hate that part of the chore but it’s important to keep your work space, clean and hygienic especially because your finished product is going to be ingested. You don’t want people falling sick and all that.

Many times when I tell people some ways they can keep their pots and pans clean and shiny they go “I didn’t know you could do that!”  or even little tips on what to do with left over food. I decided to share those tips with you guys over here on BN. The tips I’m going to share with you today are tried and tested so if you have any questions send an email to features(at)bellanaija(dot)com with the subject “BN Cuisine With Chef Fregz”

1. The Baking Soda/Powder/Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar mixture. I swear by this mixture. I use it for almost everything; to clean table surfaces and most especially to neutralize smell of pepper and what not in blenders. Use it to clean chopping boards to kill the raw meat bacteria and neutralize the smell as well.When you mix a teaspoon of baking powder to 3 tablespoons of vinegar it would react and bubble do not fear or worry especially if you’re using more. Just allow to bubble and rinse out blenders so you can make smoothies and not worry about it tasting like onions!

2. A little vinegar in water helps to shine your silverware when cleaned with a clean cloth.

3. Over ripe bananas. Peel and place them in a freezer and use it to make smoothies or pulse for baking recipes.

4. Take coarse or regular salt mix with vinegar and use to scrub the bottom of pots and pans

5. Salt and vinegar mix works wonders for the top of your cookers. Spray over a stove top and leave for 20 mins and come back and clean it to remove stubborn stains

6. Lemon and Baking Soda mix is magical for the microwave. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze out the juice and mix with some baking soda. Put some on the surface and inside the microwave and set to warm for a minute. That way you get rid of bacteria and the microwave smells fresher!

7. Cut chicken breast while slightly frozen to get more precise cubes of chicken for a chicken kebab or chicken sauce.

8. Garlic cloves can save you from ants taking over your kitchen. Sprinkle a few cloves around the kitchen and the ants wont bother you again.

9. ‘Stale Bread‘ isn’t bad and useless so don’t throw it away. You can always dry it out in the oven and blend or process to make bread crumbs for your meat balls.

10. Stainless Steel spoons can be used for more than just eating. For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel is supposed to absorb the odor or add some liquid soap to a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Be sure to moisturize your hands immediately after.

I hope you all found these tips helpful? They’re cheap and inexpensive ways to ensure your cooking space is on point!

In other news, I hope your calendars have been marked and appropriate reminders have been set on you Blackberries, iPhones, Android for the 29th of July because the Chef Fregz Special is Live at GET Arena Oniru Lekki. The Eba and Seafood Okro is on the menu so follow @chef_fregz  on Twitter or like the Chef Fregz page on Facebook to be updated!

I’m also giving away T-Shirts by Giddimint, so if you would like a chance to win a shirt just follow on twitter or like chef fregz on Facebook and type “I’m coming on the 29th #BNreader“. Come, and the T-shirt is yours!

Have a great weekend and clean your kitchen good!


Fregz loves to cook! He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts School in France and hosts monthly “Chef Fregz Specials” where he whips up a yummy menu with a different theme each time then everyone enjoys a taste.He also caters special events and private dinners. To find out more, visit

Chef Fregz loves to cook! He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts School in France and hosts monthly “Chef Fregz Specials” where he whips up a yummy menu with a different theme each time then everyone enjoys a taste. He also caters special events and private dinners. To find out more visit Chef Fregz provides premium private catering services. For bookings and orders email [email protected] – @Chef_Fregz on Instagram and Twitter. You can check out the Chef Fregz Page on Facebook as well.


  1. BeeT

    July 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Brilliant! Thanks

  2. efe

    July 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks a zillion for the tips……………..

  3. Iyosi

    July 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm


  4. lulu

    July 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks a lot! Very helpful tips 🙂

  5. prettylady

    July 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    wonderful tips, i didnt even know. give us more plssssss

  6. fokasibe

    July 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I cannot thank you enough!

  7. Ure

    July 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    WoW! thanks a lot.

  8. @ajiriavae

    July 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    That was helpful. Thanks for the tips.

  9. kokie

    July 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Nice tips. I have learn here. Here is one from me.
    Sprinkle borax around your kitchen to get rid of ants (obviously in subtle places )
    Castle soap and tea tree for stainless steel cleaning
    bleach and water for disinfecting any area.

    Thanks Chef Fregz. Love your column

  10. jesse sunday

    July 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    done hope to be there

  11. Fashionista today and forever

    July 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    we would gladly welcome you in LEKKI PHASE 1. Come on Chef Fregz

  12. ije

    July 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Great tips, will have this page book marked.

  13. Courtney Davies

    July 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    This is great! I am just amazed….Many thanks for this post.

  14. April Laugh

    July 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    My only question is: Are you Single?! LOL!

  15. jibola

    July 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    awww this is cool…….thanks

  16. Amber

    July 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Yeah baking soda is good.u cld put it in a small bowl and put in the fridge to absorb that undesirable smell,likewise coffee grains too

  17. bum_la

    July 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Garlic keeps away ants??? This I have to try! Oh sweety liberation from those stanky antz! Lol! Thanks a bunch 🙂

  18. onyemalu uchechi

    July 21, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Tnx so much for the tips,pls any tips for eliminating flies from your kitchen.tnx

  19. Princess of Zion

    July 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    This really is very helpful and beneficial! Taking note! Thanks a lot Chef, may God continue to bless the works of your hands!!

  20. Klaire

    July 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm


  21. Princess of Zion

    July 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  22. MEE

    July 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Tanx bro! I second dat flies question too, they freak me out

  23. Fashionista today and forever

    July 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Chef Fregz : I AM SO UPSET WITH YOU. I used your garlic tip. OMO the ants climbed on top of the garlic sef. hisss.

    that ish dont work boo boo.

    dammit i still got ants.

  24. notaplayerhater

    October 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    lol @ fashionista… babe be vexing…
    i feel u honey boo-boo… lol . Fregz, oya o!! new solution

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