Savings found in Powdered Milk

I figured out how to save milk money by substituting powdered milk in recipes.

powdered-milkI figured out  how to save milk money by substituting powdered milk in recipes.  Growing up we always drank powdered milk.  I don’t like it  and refuse to drink it or require my children to drink it.  However, powdered milk  is part of our years supply of food storage and I needed to know what to do with it.  I understand the importance of using our food storage  so our bodies will adjust to it and also to keep it rotated.   We tried some different ways to incorporate the milk powder into our diet, with no consistency in the methods.  One thing we did was to whip up a quart of it in the blender and mix it half and half with store bought milk.  It tasted fine but was a hassle.  I didn’t want something time consuming or that requires much effort to keep track of, but simple.

We were buying 4 gallons of milk every week for our family at between $2.50 and $3.00 a gallon.  If you do the math, that is $10.00 to $12.00 a week just on milk!  I learned that adding the milk powder to the dry ingredients in my recipes and then adding water where it calls for milk, I got the same great product at a cheaper cost.  I love pancakes so we eat them often.   We make triple batches when we make them.  That is 3 cups of milk every time.  This simple substitution is what I do to keep the cost down.    This tip works great for bread, cakes, muffins, and anything else you can think of.   One of the great things about powdered milk is you can add more or less milk powder depending on what you like.  I use about 3/4 cup powder for 3 cups water.  I say “about” because I don’t measure exactly.   The typical milk recipe calls for 3/4 cup milk powder to 4 quarts warm water.            ~Heather in the Kitchen

Tin Can Ice Cream

Found this recipe on making Tin Can Ice Cream and thought you guys might enjoy. We sure did!!Yum!

Tin Can Ice CreamFound this recipe on making Tin Can Ice Cream and thought you guys might enjoy. We sure did!!Yum!

Tin-Can Ice Cream

By Juliana Lewis

For this recipe, you will need two sturdy cans with tight-fitting lids. One will need to hold about a quart (liter) and fit inside the other with space all around it. In Steps 1 and 3, secure each lid to its can with duct tape, if available.

3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
nuts, fruit in small pieces, and/or your favorite flavoring
crushed ice
rock salt

1. Pour all the ingredients into the smaller can, mix, put the lid on securely, and place this can into the larger one.

2. Pack crushed ice around the small can until it fills the bigger can.

3. Pour at least 3/4 cup of rock salt evenly over the ice, then put the can lid on securely.

4. Roll the can around on a hard surface for at least 10 minutes. (A mild game of keep away might be a fun way of doing this—but be sure the lids stay on tight!)

5. Open the cans, removing the smaller one to make sure no salt or ice gets into it. The mixture should be frozen around the edges. Scrape it away from the sides with a table knife, and mix it into the part that’s still liquid.

6. If it’s well frozen, dig in! If not, reseal the smaller can, put it in the larger can again, pack more ice and salt around it, reseal the larger can, and roll it around a few minutes more. Repeat Steps 5 and 6, if necessary. Serves four.

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Skunk Odor Removal Recipe

I spotted our dog hanging out in some brush. About the time I was getting ready to call him he comes running out coughing, slobbering, and shaking. I knew that it wasn’t good and about 3 seconds later and nice breeze confirmed it! OOOff. Man dog you stink! In the 4 weeks we have been here he has found just about everything except a skunk. I guess it was only a matter of time. Surprised it took that long actually.

Skunk Odor Removal

I spotted our dog hanging out in some brush. About the time I was getting ready to call him he comes running out coughing, slobbering, and shaking. I knew that it wasn’t good and about 3 seconds later and nice breeze confirmed it! OOOff. Man dog you stink! In the 4 weeks we have been here he has found just about everything except a skunk. I guess it was only a matter of time. Surprised it took that long actually.

Luckily I have some past experience with wildlife, so I had a recipe filed away to remove the odor. Only one little problem, I never actually used the recipe. So here we go, time to put my advice to practice and see how it works.

Washing Bandit Bandits Skunk Bat Baking Soda skunk removal

Skunk Odor Removal Recipe

Ingredients:

    • Scope  Mouth Wash
    • Hydrogen Peroxide
    • Baking Soda
    • Dawn Dish Soap

Directions:

  1. Fill spray bottle with “Scope” Mouth Wash and spray animal twice over. Let “Scope” set for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour hydrogen peroxide on animal. Avoid contact with eyes
  3. Apply baking soda and “Dawn”, lather, and rinse.
  4. Rinse after soaking/scrubbing for at least 20 minutes.

There you have it. After he dried off, no skunk smell for about 24 hours. After that we got a VERY faint smell if are now was right on his fur. But he is back to wagging his tail and acting like he owns the place!