The Pantry Challenge is on! This month we’re focusing on what we have, to use it up and save money.
Today was another productive day. I didn’t do a ton of cooking, but I feel like we made some headway with this whole challenge thing.
Jessica making buttermilk.
I am culturing my sixth batch of buttermilk tonight. This will be my 4th quart from the same packet of starter.
After doing a little reading I found out that heating the milk may not be necessary. The theory is that store-bought milk (at least in my neck of the woods) is already pasteurized.
I know that overheating will make it curdle slightly. That happened with batch #2. No likey.
The last few times I’ve heated the milk ever so slightly just to get the chill off it. Our house is incredibly cold, even with the furnace going, so I figure it needs a fighting chance. I pour it in a quart-size canning jar, add about 1/2 cup of buttermilk. (I honestly haven’t measured, but eyeballed it.) Then I screw on a plastic cap and place it on the top of the fridge, wrapped in beach towels.
The next morning, I’ve got thick and luscious buttermilk!
If you buy buttermilk on a regular basis, you need to give this a try. Here is the starter I used for fresh batches, but my research says you can use commercial buttermilk as well. I do use whole milk because I like the texture, so I can’t vouch for thinner milks.
Clearance shopping = adrenaline rush
After physical therapy today, I stopped at Ralphs. I wanted to pick up some more produce to get us through the next week and I had a coupon for $5 off. I also had a coupon for free yogurts.
Thursdays seems to be the day that Ralphs marks down items about to hit their dates. I bypassed the meats though there were lots to choose from; I’ve got meat at home! But, I did score on some baked goods. And none too soon!
I also got the veggie tray for free after the coupon I had. I ended up spending about $20 at the store.
Tonight one of the boys asked when the Challenge was ending. He said he finds he’s hungry more often. When I asked for what, he said: bread. So, I’m really glad I found breads for 50 cents and a dollar per package. Obviously, baking six loaves in the last two days, I can’t keep up with the demand.
Am going to start another batch of dough tonight though, just to keep it coming.
Speaking of bread, my sourdough starter is not looking fabulous. I used some of the discard in a few loaves the other day, but it doesn’t really seem to be taking off. Not sure what I did wrong. My friend Kate is going to send me some of her starter next week.
Pantry Challenge 2018: Day 25
Breakfast: Eggs and toast, berries
As always, thanks for sharing the Pantry Challenge with your friends. The more the merrier!