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Baking Soda is amazing…

Yesterday, I posted about how you can simply use Baking Soda instead of Drano or Liquid Plumber.

Today, I thought I would list a few other ways to use the inexpensive Baking ingredient!

To remove coffee/tea stains or minor burn stains from china dip a damp cloth in Baking Soda and rub the stained area.

Use a mixture of 1/2 Baking Soda, 1/2 salt, sprinkle on carpets to kill ants and roaches. Leave on at least 15 minutes, vacuum well.

Use a dab of Baking Soda on the end of your toothbrush instead of toothpaste for clean and white teeth, makes for fresh breath too.

Add a 1/2 cup of Baking Soda to your bath for soft and smooth skin.

Use Baking Soda as a natural underarm deodorant.

Add a teaspoon of Baking Soda to your favorite shampoo once a week to help remove build up, leaving your hair soft and shiny.

Use Baking Soda as a deodorizer around the house: it works well in garbage cans, cat litter boxes and diaper pails. It even works to deodorize garbage disposals and dishwashers.

Use Baking Soda and water as a kitchen cleanser. Works great on sinks, refrigerators, cutting boards, coffee pots and more. I use it on the stove top and it removes grease wonderfully

Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry Baking Soda to shine it up. Rinse and dry.

Baking Soda even works in the shower to remove soap residue.

Make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part Baking Soda and 1 part cornstarch.

Be sure to keep an extra box of Baking Soda by your stove in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out.

Clean vegetables and fruit with Baking Soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce.

Remove burned-on food from a pan by allowing the pan to soak in Baking Soda and a moist scrubber.

Forget antacids: Take 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.

Making Play-doh Clay with 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups  Baking Soda, 1 cup cornstarch.

Amazing stuff!

Non-toxic, economical, frugal and yet so simple!


Add comment January 17, 2009

Drano vs Baking Soda

ok, so yesterday I posted an email I had gotten about how toxic our cleaning products really are… today, I want to share something really cool with you.

A practical, non-toxic way to unclog drains!! YUM.

Drano/ liquid plumber is a major culprit when it comes to poisoning our homes. The statistics are overwhelming! Google it, if you are skeptical.

___ Drain Cleaner - WARNING! - Burns mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach, causing permanent damage. Can cause severe eye damage and blindness.

That totally says YIKES to me… how about you?

We have a little expirament for you… pour baking soda down your drain, followed by 3 cups of boiling water (carefully)… Watch and see. No fumes, no plastic toxic bottle, no chemicals, no FEAR! Best of all, no clog!

Or try this concoction for really tough clogs:
1 cup salt - 1 cup vinegar - 1cup soda down your drain. Let it stand 15 min and watch it fizzle. Flush with 2 qts. boiling water, followed by flushing with hot tap water for 1 min.

It WORKS!!

So if you are frugal like I try to be, check this out… Gel drano $9.20 vs Baking Soda 99 cents plus vinegar 30cents plus salt 50 cents= $1.80.

$9.20 for toxic chemicals or $1.80 for something safe - which one makes cents for you?

Save money, save your health and for the environmentally savvy, save the earth all at the same time!

It is a WIN -WIN!!

My Challenge to you dear readers, is to safely rid yourselves of the Poison called Drano today! It may just save a life.


2 comments January 16, 2009

It’s not just clean….Really, it’s Toxic Clean

Below is an email I received. It addresses an issue I was going to be sharing within the next few weeks, so I thought… why not share it now?.  I will be discussing safer methods of cleaning along with some GREAT GIVEAWAYS and just some good old  healthy green information.

Lets Stop Poisoning Our Children!!!!

· Every 7 minutes a child in America is taken to an emergency room for poisoning from household cleaning products, the stuff under the sink.

· Bleach and formaldehyde are in so many different products. And not only is swallowing the stuff bad, but it gases out into the indoor environment.

· Women who work at/from home all day, have a 54% higher rate of cancer than those who work outside the home because their indoor environment is much more toxic than outside.

· Next time you’re in the supermarket, just walk near the aisle with the detergents and household cleaners — the stuff gases out right through the sealed containers. Spend some time in that aisle and you will probably get dizzy from the fumes.

· And of course, we are having an epidemic of allergies and asthma with children these days.

. Some birth defects have been traced to mothers’ use of chemicals during pregnancy.

· The factories that handle these same chemicals have precautionary measures for their workers that are required by law. Why are they not required for the consumers who pay for them and use them?

· It’s even possible now that SIDS is a result of the bleach residue on the sheets and pillowcases of babies in their cribs.

The household product makers that we have grown to trust have betrayed us. Big time!!!


The workers in factories that handle these toxic chemicals have safety rules that they must obey. What about the consumers who pay for them and use them? Could it be that the Consumer Safety Commission has betrayed us too? Does it sound to you like maybe they are in cahoots with the manufacturer of this stuff?

Cascade, if swallowed, burns out the child’s esophagus.
Burns it out !!!

Have you seen the commercial where the mother is jumping up and down with excitement because her baby is playing on the floor that she has just mopped with her Swiffer? She is so happy because the floor is now germ free. She doesn’t realize that it may be germ free, but it’s not poison free. There’s a thin film of bleach left of the floor. Baby plays on floor — toxins are absorbed into skin, fingers go in the mouth — toxins go into mouth, baby breaths fumes. The cumulative effect of these toxic buildups in the system can cause all kinds of bad stuff for that baby.

Every surface cleaner will leave some residue on the surface. If that residue is a caustic chemical it will be picked up on the skin of the person or pet that contacts it. So if you are cleaning floors, counter tops, tables, doorknobs, appliances, clothes or anything else with harsh chemicals, a small amount of the chemicals will be not only be on the hands of the person who used it, but also on the skin of persons or pets that touch it, play in it, eat off of it, wear it, or somehow touch it in any way.

Sleeping on sheets that have been laundered in bleach and other caustic chemicals not only puts them in contact with your skin, but it also but also into your lungs.

Pollution in the outdoor environment has received a lot of press in the media; but little attention is given to the fact that the indoor environment of the average home in America is more toxic than the outdoor environment. That’s why work-at-home moms/work-at-home dads are at a higher risk for cancer than women who work outside the home.

It isn’t just touching or swallowing caustic chemicals that is harmful, just breathing them can be very bad for you. When you open the dishwasher after using Cascade or some other dishwasher detergent you see the hot vapor rising out of the open door. That toxic vapor is not only bad for you to breathe directly, it also adds to the indoor atmosphere of your home. And today’s homes are more tightly sealed from the outdoors than the houses of the past.

Many products that we trust as safe are not safe even when they are in their sealed containers. When you walk down the supermarket aisle where the cleaning products are you can’t help noticing the strong smell. It’s so strong it can make you dizzy, and it causes some people to break out in hives. The containers on these shelves are all sealed. None have been opened. Yet the fumes from the chemical ingredients are there because they are so strong that they out-gas right through their containers and you breathe the particles into your lungs.

The young developing lungs of children are particularly susceptible to these hazardous particles.

Here’s a list of some of the chemicals that are in everyday cleaning products:
Each year over a million children are accidentally poisoned in their homes. 250,000 of these victims are hospitalized. 3,000 children will end up in intensive care. Dozens will die. Thousands of children and adults are permanently disfigured or injured through contact with chemicals in the home each year. Incredibly, the most common substances to poison children, are household cleaners. Many of these products are considered safe! Think of your own home — you probably have dozens of bottles of cleaners, containing hundreds of chemicals. Could an accident happen in your home?

Check off the products you use in your home and evaluate your risks. All information comes from actual manufacturers Material Safety Data Sheets and National Poison Control Centers.

___Liquid Bleach - DANGER! - Causes sever eye injuries. Can damage mouth, throat, and stomach.. Vapors irritate the nose, throat and lungs.

___Toilet Bowl Cleaner - DANGER! - contains hydrochloric acid which is hightly corrosive. Burns the skin, mouth and throat. Causes blindness.

___ Furniture Polish - DANGER! - Contact with the skin can dissolve vital skin oils and casue severe dermatitis (skin burns) Can permanently injure eyes

___ Aerosol Dusting Spray - DANGER! - Flammable. Irritates the eyes and lungs. 5,00 people visit emergency rooms each year with an aerosol can-related injury.

___Carpet Shampoo - WARNING! Can cause moderate to severe damage to eyes and skin. Vapors can irritate nose, throat, and lungs.

___ Carpet Stain Remover - WARNING! - can cause moderate to severe damage to eyes and skin. Vapors can cause repiratory distress.

___ Upholstery Stain Remover - WARNING! - .Can cause moderate to severel damage to skin and eyes. Ingesting can lead to abdominal tenderness and bleedin.

___ Disinfectant Cleaner - WARNING! contains flammable propellants. Can burn the skin and cause permanent corneal damage. Fumes can strongly irritate the nose, throat, and lungs.

___ Powdered Bleach - WARNING! - Breathing the dust can produce asthma -like symptoms. Damages eyes and skin. Mixing with ammonia can produce deadly fumes.

___Aerosol Air Freshener - WARNING! - Contains highly flammable propellants. Can cause moderate irritation tot he eyes. Can cause mikld to moderate lung irritation, including asthma-like symptoms.

___ Window Cleaner - WARNING! - Can cause moderate irritation and damage to the eyes. Fumes can be moderately - highly irritating to the lungs. Can irritate the skin.

___ All Purpose Cleaner - WARNING! - Strong lung irritant. Can cause mild to moderate damage to the eyes. Fumes can cause weakness and dizziness.

___ Basin, Tub & Tile Cleaner - WARNING! - Some are flammable. Contains acids that can burn the skin and cause corneal damage. Vapors can cause strong respiratory irritation.

___ Floor Cleaner- WARNING! - Contains corrosive acids that can cause moderate burns and irritation to skin and eyes. Can burn mouth and throat. Can cause blindness.

___ Scouring Powder with Bleach - WARNING! - Can cause moderate irritation to skin. Can burn mouth and throad. Can cause permanent eye damage. Gives off irritating fumes when wet.

___ Drain Cleaner - WARNING! - Burns mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach, causing permanent damage. Can cause severe eye damage and blindness.

___ Automatic Dishwashing Liquid - WARNING! - Strong skin irritant. Can burn throat. Many products contain bleach, which can cause swelling and tearing of eye tissue. Vapors can cause headaches

___ Dishwashing Liquid - WARNING! - Possible skin irritant. Can cause swelling and tearing of eye tissue. vapors can cause labored coughing, labored s contain enough alcohol to harm or kill a child ingesting only a few swallows. Many ingredients can irritate the skin and burn the eyes.

___ Cosmetics — Cosmetics are second only to cleaning products as a poisoner of children. They are not regulated like cleaners and have no warning labels.

The labels on products only have to warn of the acute (immediate) harms from ingesting a product, breathing the fumes, or contact with the eyes and skin. They don’t reveal the harms presented by chronic (long-term) exposure to the chemicals in these products. Now see the long-term risks presented by the chemical-laden products in your home. As you have seen many household cleaners are very dangerous. They are just as dangerous when they are used properly and even when they are not being used at all. Most products “outgas” even from their sealed containers.

Infertility is on the rise. Cancer in children has risen 20% over the past two decades. It is the number one killer of children by disease. The asthma rate has tripled in children over the past twenty years. Asthma deaths in children have increased 118% since 1980. ADD and learning disorders have skyrocketed over the last twenty years. All these conditions have been linked to chemicals in the home. In fact, one study has linked 50% of all health problems to deteriorated indoor air quility.. Take a look at the products you use and possible dangers you are being exposed to. Consider how many different chemicals are in you home’s air. and the potential danger of the “toxic cocktail”.

Cancer in smokers is the result of daily exposure to the trace amounts of carcinogens in cigarettes. In the same way, people who are exposed daily to low levels of carcinogens in their cleaning products face the same risks. Chemicals in household products also put the user at risk for nervous system damage, kidney damage, liver damage, and asthma.

Children are especially vulnerable to the chemical fumes released by these products.

None of this has to happen?!

Fortunately, switching brands is easy. There are companies that manufacture safer products for your home. They are free from ammonia, phenol, chlorine, petroleum distillates, synthetic solvents, and other dangerous ingredients.

There are products available that work better than the toxic ones. They are so safe that they don’t even need a warning label. And they work better and cost less.

My family has been using a line of green products for a while now and we have found them to be better, safer, and less expensive than the common supermarket variety.

I will be sharing more information about where you can get safe, green products that don’t cost a fortune, but if you would like information on the products NOW, email us at [email protected]


3 comments January 15, 2009

On the Homefront - a look into the fishbowl

OLDIES BUT GOODIES!!

So, Christmas was a blast! We ate, we played, we rested… hubby was sick :(
Thankfully, not enough to ruin his Christmas.

Christmas morning we opened our gifts from one to another. Hubby and I typically get each of the children a new pair of pants, a new shirt and either a jacket, hoodie, sweatshirt or sweater to go over the shirt. (we like to layer) They also got the annual slippers and pajamas. Usually, The children will find new toothbrushes, floss, stocking hats or mittens (depending on the year) and chapstick or something like that among the candies in their stockings. We always say we are not buying the children any more toys, but end up getting them a few anyway.

This year was no different.

The guppies got some Hot Wheels cars, john deere tiny tractors and the girlie got a dolly. Sounds great, right?!!? Well, Trust me when I say, they still end up getting too many toys than they need,  the relatives typically give toys - and that is all I have to say …. hahaha!

Within a few hours of opening gifts, we found all the new toys under the tree and my children have brought into the living room, the old wooden train set, the old Lincoln Logs set and an old car street kind of set. They have had these toys for about 3-4 years… and yet… these are the favorites.

Last night as I sat here knitting a pair of slippers for myself *blush* and sipping a cup of hot peppermint/spearmint tea… I thought about how quaint the scene was.

My husband and 8 yr old guppy were busy in the dining room building things with the 2 year old- found at a rumage sale -erector set, my 5 year old guppies were busily setting up and playing with the wooden train (again an old rumage sale find) and Lincoln Logs making a little town, Christmas songs were playing on the radio and it was so peaceful that I lost count in my knitting.

Toss in a little candlelight and I imagine I woulda cried, it was so much like how I imagine an old fashioned Christmas would have looked.  I think I love those old toys as much as my children ;)

ahhh, the simple things in life.


Add comment December 29, 2008

Hormones and Breast Cancer

I just read this Article regarding hormones being linked to breast cancer.

Maybe I am confused, but don’t birth control pills contain the exact same hormones as menopause hormone therapy pills? Estrogen and Progestin are the main hormones used in menopause hormone therapy.

Are the effects of taking these hormones only linked to menopausal women? I would think not. Now that they have been linked to causing breast cancer, I think more women should be made more aware of the risks of taking birth control. Not to mention the effects of these hormones/drugs in our environment, especially since they are finding more and more of these medications in our water systems. Amazing what they find in our rivers and streams lately.

The good news in the article is this:

“It’s an excellent message for women: You can still diminish risk (by quitting), even if you’ve been on hormones for a long time,” said Dr. Claudine Isaacs of Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It’s not like smoking where you have to wait 10 or 15 years for the risk to come down.”

so.. if a young person were to make the choice to stop taking birth control now to help prevent cancer, would she be considered foolish? I seriously think it is time to return to natural family planning. Less chemicals in our bodies and less hormones in our environment seem like a good choice to me, not to mention the moral implications of the whole deal.

I don’t know about you, but the choice seems obvious to me.


Add comment December 15, 2008

Frugal vs Foolish- Can you live on $1?

I watched this really interesting little video and it really got me thinking.

With the economy going the way it is, many are trying to find ways to cut corners, to make ends meet and simply live on less. Could I live on a dollar a day grocery allotment?

If you watch the video, you find that the couple really felt they were losing health on their chosen restricted budget in order to experiment with food cost. I mean seriously… drinking Tang with the hopes of preventing scurvy! WOW, that is bravery.

However, all funny’s aside - this video just makes me a little more determined. For example, If a person were to grow a garden and learn to preserve/store their goods to last through the winter…I don’t think it would be that difficult to live healthy on a shoestring budget. Ok, maybe not a dollar a day- since we do have some “special diet” needs but considerably less.

I know at our home, we do eat a lot of rice and beans (the video’s dinner mainstay) but we enjoy it and it is frugal, but we also add either tomatoes to it, or serve it with vegetables.  The lunch of homemade bread (I am an advocate of home baked goodies, for sure!) with peanut butter is really not a bad lunch when paired with a piece of fruit and Quite honestly oatmeal for breakfast is Awesome!

So, do you think you could live on the $1.00 a day with the exception of home preserved veggies and fruit?

Tell us what you think.


Add comment December 14, 2008

Meet my friend, Neti

Do you ever get headcolds, sinus pressure, stuffy nose, allergies, the common cold??

Dude!

Ya gotta get a Neti Pot!

I was such a skeptic! You gotta admit, pouring salt water through your nose does seem pretty strange … I was worried I would drown -hahaha. Then, I was worried that it might sting . Then, I was worried that it might not work or even make things worse. Well, Guess what, I finally got over it and I did it!!! It is nothing like I thought, and it works, and it is cheap, and it is medicine free, and ok… you get the point, I love it!

Here are the instructions: so simple!

First, Buy a Neti Pot and some sea salt or you can use any item you have around the house that has a spout, or a squeeze bottle (DO NOT sqeeze it though!) yikes. oh my!

  1. Fill it with warm water.
  2. Mix in a small amount (1/4 teaspoon) of salt, and swirl around to dissolve.
  3. Lean over the sink and and look to the right.
  4. Put the tip of the neti pot in your right nostril.
  5. Tilt the pot so that water pours in, letting it flow freely out of your other nostril, which is closest to the sink.
  6. Switch sides halfway through, so that you are looking to your left and pouring it in your left nostril.
  7. Repeat several times a day or however often you deem necessary.

This works so well for me!! I don’t really know why it took me so long to try it, really. It is nothing to be afraid of.

Now if I can just convince my son, who would rather sniff and sniff and sniff, swallowing all the gunk, than to go blow his nose, to use it…  well, that was probably more than you wanted to know. HAHAHA!

Get it, try it, love it!


Add comment December 10, 2008

Frugal Yogurt — what is the cost ?

After posting the last 2 ways of doing yogurt at home, I was faced with a few questions from my friends and family who are just beginning to think more “Homemade” or frugally.

“Well, exactly how much money do you save doing it yourself, fishie? Because it sure seems like a lot more work.”

buttonThis is soooo NOT work

buttonno little plastic containers in my trash, oh yeah!

buttonI save LOTS of money! Let me break it down for you….

Using your crockpot, let’s compare dry milk vs whole milk vs store bought. Got that? There will be 3 columns…

CROCKPOT Yogurt                      dry milk    whole milk      store bought

starter yogurt                              1.80          1.80                      -

powdered milk @1.00/cup          3.67             -                        -

1/2 gallon water .85                     .43              -                       -

crockpot electricity .02/hr           .13              .13                     -

milk                                              -              2.75                     -

total                                           6.03            4.68                   $12.00*

ok, now check this out…. 2  qts of homemade yogurt = 16 4oz storebought servings

Activia on sale in my area is $3.00* for 4 little 4 oz. cups = .75 cents Each

dry milk is .38 cents your first batch and by saving a 1/2 cup starter is only 26.5 cents each batch thereafter

whole milk  is .28 cents your first batch and by saving  a 1/2 cup starter is only .18 cents!!! each batch thereafter.

no plastic cups, 20 minutes of my time in the kitchen and I save money?!?! Yep, I am all over it! The best part is you get to play with all the funky flavors yourself AND show the children the latest science project all at the same time — how could life get any more fun than this!? Nothing artificial, NO waste, NO hassle = absolutely worth it!

oh and i almost forgot… it tastes great and it is good for you!


Add comment November 17, 2008

Yogurt at home - frugal style, take #2 (oven)

Yes, you can make yogurt at home in your oven!!

2 Qts Reconstituted Nonfat Dry Milk (7 2/3c water plus 2 2/3c Dry Milk)  OR 1/2 GALLON of MILK

1 additional Cup Dry Milk — if using milk, only 1/2 cup is needed for thick yogurt.

4oz. Good Yogurt (just make sure it has the acidophilus and other good bacteria in it) I wanted one without any other added stuff.

optional: Organic Raspberry or other flavored jam

Big Warm Snuggly Bath Towel

a 2-4qt saucepan/stockpot or dutch oven with a cover

First things first… If using powdered milk, reconstitute the powdered milk and add the extra 1 cup. Mix this very very well…seriously, no lumps wanted.
You will want to pour this into a saucepan or pot on your stovetop on low and heat to a nice little temp of about180 degrees. Remove from the heat and let it cool down to approximately 110-115 degrees.

After it has cooled to the perfect temp. simply remove 2 cups of the warmish milk and whisk in your 1/2 cup of yogurt (containing the live active cultures) gently pour back into the pot of warm milk, cover and wrap in the big bath towl and place in into your already 100 degree oven (the temp can vary a bit from 90- 115 degrees)

Let it rest for 6-8 hours.(the longer it rests at that temp the more sour/tart it will become, but it will also get a bit thicker.

After 6-8 hours, do the spoon test — YUM!!  ***if your yogurt is a bit thin, you can drain the yogurt by following one of the suggestions below (sour cream) OR add an envelope of unflavored gelatin to the mix when you add your 1/2 cup yogurt.***

Smile proudly and offer some of the thick creamy yogurt to your skeptical spouse aka guinea pig (cuz you dont dare do dairy) Offer to add Raspberry Jam to flavor and sweeten to his liking. Watch his face light up.

Serve at breakfast adding any and all jam flavors requested, cuz it’s fun and easy and you know your guppies will enjoy it.

Chill the remainder covered, in the refrigerator. Your yogurt will last 7-10 days. Don’t forget to save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch next weekend.

More ideas and uses for your yogurt

If you would like to make sour cream from this yogurt, simply strain through a coffee filter. The remaining cream is sour cream.

If you would like to go even thicker for cream cheese, line a colander with a clean, damp piece of cloth (I use some of those traditional dish towels for this) Pour the yogurt into the cloth and allow it to drain overnight in the fridge. In the morning, the solids will be like a yogurt type of cheese that can be used as cream cheese in many recipes… like cheesecake!


1 comment November 11, 2008

Make yogurt at home - frugal style, take #1(crockpot)

A friend of mine recently discovered an overabundance of powdered milk in her pantry.

So, what does a person do with too much of a good thing? Well, this beloved friend of mine starts calling around, first to see who she can bless with some and secondly, to see if anyone has advice on what to do with it. She mentioned yogurt. OH YUM, GUTBUGS!! I was hooked!! I was all over this!! I was totally excited and anxious to see if I could do it! (fishie loves a good challenge)

Funniest thing, after dreaming about this for a whole day. I awoke the next day wondering not only if it could be done, but could it be done in the crockpot ? I don’t have one of these amazingly inexpensive do-dads yet, and probably never will. And since I found that the crockpot only costs 2 cents per hour to run, I figured why not!?! So, after finding myself a good cup of tea, I was making my morning rounds visiting my FAVORITE websites - first stop - CROCKPOT365. You will never guess what I was greeted with…. You got it! Making Yogurt in your Crockpot ~ WOOT ~ Praise God! And Thank YOU, Stephanie!

So…. the next thing I knew, I was making plans to convert that recipe to use Powdered Milk.

And this is what we came up with …  Now if you have Regular Milk and not powdered, I would definitely recommend visiting Stephanie at Crockpot 365 and using her delicious yogurt recipe. She Rocks! She and I should be the bestest friends ever, just by default because we both LOVE our crockpots.

Anyway, Here are the ingredients and my timeline:

2 Qts Reconstituted Nonfat Dry Milk (7 2/3c water plus 2 2/3c Dry Milk)

1 additional Cup Dry Milk

4oz. Good Yogurt (just make sure it has the acidophilus and other good bacteria in it) I wanted one without any other added stuff.

optional: Organic Raspberry or other flavored jam

Big Warm Snuggly Bath Towel

1 6qt. Crockpot

_______________________________________________

3:30pm… Make Milk — I used distilled water (just cuz that is what we drink ’round ‘ere) 7 & 2/3 cups distilled water Plus 2 & 2/3 c. Dry Milk plus 1 extra cup to make it thicker or more rich for yogurt = 3 & 2/3c. dry milk total. Replace the lid on the water jug and do the Kitchen Hula Dance with your daughter while you shake the jug to mix it well. Let your daughter take a turn while praying the top does not come off. Quickly Place it in fridge to avoid such disaster.

5:20pm Take dinner out of the crockpot, Wash the crockpot and Rinse it well. (oops, so much for thinking ahead)

5:30pm or 2 hours later… Pour the contents of the Kitchen Hula Dance Jug (reconstituted dry milk) into the crockpot, Cover, Plug in and Set to low for 2 & 1/2 hours. Eat dinner and chase the children around the house - get the guppies ready for bed.

8:00 pm or 2 & 1/2hours later… Unplug the Crockpot and chase the guppies upstairs.

11:00 pm or 3 hours later…. Take out 2c. of warm milk and Add 1/2 c. of a yummy plain organic yogurt (I sprung for the $1.80 6 oz Greek Yogurt - it is a bit thicker - almost like sour cream- this one is honey flavored…gosh, hope that is ok… but I KNOW it has all the good gutbugs I want in it) Mix really well and pour back into the crockpot. Replace the lid and wrap your crockpot up in a big thick bath towel and kiss it goodnight. Leave it unplugged and all alone in the dark….do not peek, even at 4 am when you are so tempted. Just like us, it needs 8 hours of sleep to function properly.

7:00 am or 8 hours later… carefully open the towel and the crockpot and gently give it the spoon test. Smells like yogurt, YUM…but it is kind of runny**please see notes below. More like a yogurt drink. Cover and place in fridge for guinea pig (chef hubby) to try tonight, cuz you just don’t dare do dairy. Give yourself a big smile, because if nothing else… we can blend fruit in it and freeze it for frozen yogurt– MMMmmmmmm!

Chill the yogurt covered, in the refrigerator. Your yogurt will last 7-10 days. Don’t forget to save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch next weekend.

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**On the second try of making yogurt in the crockpot — I added 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin to the 2c. warm milk just before whisking in the 1/2 cup yogurt and it worked amazingly well to thicken the yogurt !!


1 comment November 3, 2008

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