Waste not want not Wednesday
This is a new feature I want to do. Obviously I gave up the recipe thing. I’m all tapped out on the food recipes and I keep making the same things over and over. If I come up with good ideas I’ll surely post them. But for now this is what I want to do here. This idea was sprouted by the Bad Hippie and one of my blogless cousins. With belts tightening all over and heating costs up in some areas, and well, the cost of everything is up. We all seem to have had a habit of over extending themselves at times.
When you live well on little income it’s a sign of Waste not want not. Some people do it amazingly well like The Farm Witch. I’m astounded at how they are able to do so well (and stay sane) living completely off the grid. Anyway, here I am with my ideas of waste not want not and hoping you’ll share your ideas too.
Today’s topic is something easy and small to get us started.
It’s a staple that most all of us use. Bread is cheaper pound for pound if you bake it yourself. Don’t have time to knead? Bread machine. The initial outlay for a bread machine may seems huge but in the long run, it will be a good investment. And that’s all part of the idea, the long term. I’ve had my bread machine for something like 13 years. I don’t think it bakes well anymore, but I just set it to do all the kneading and then when it dings, I take it out, let it rise one more time and I bake it in the oven. Easy peasy, the work is really done by the machine. Making your own anything will take some rearranging of your time. That’s not to say too that I always bake my own bread, the family just prefers store bought sometimes and that’s ok. Just make the best with what you have and waste nothing if you can help it.
Bread from a store or bread you bake yourself, there are times that it just goes bad or starts to. That’s when it’s important to catch it, when it starts to go bad or stale.
- Put it in the fridge and use for toast.
- Make crutons.
- Make bread crumbs.
- Put it in the freezer and save it up for making stuffing with.
- Let it dry out and use it as bird food.
- Make ornaments with it – we do this every year. We take large cookie cutters and cut out shapes while the bread is still relatively fresh (and poke a hole for string), then we dry it out, all the odd pieces are chopped up and we dry that too for bird food. We then cover one side in peanut butter or suet and then dip it into bird seed. These are strung up on red ribbon and hung outside for the birds and as ornamentation for the holidays. It’s perfect if you have a pine tree outside or if you use it on your holiday tree once it’s out stayed it’s welcome indoors.
What are you tips on saving that aging bread?Advertisements