Category Archives: Homemaking and Frugal Living

Buy One Get One Free Milk!

This is not a new or original idea, although I have tried it in small doses in the past.  What am I talking about? Making one dollar do the work of two, of course!

I have, on occasion, added a wee bit of water to the milk to make it stretch a bit further when needed. About a year ago, I saw a father on youtube touting this as the way to go.  Pshaw! me thinks; I’ve been doing that.  However, he said something I hadn’t thought of: whole milk and lower fat milks often cost the same.

Recently, I experimented (shhhhh!  Our family’s major milk consumer will flip if he finds out and will no longer drink it if he thinks he’s being “tricked”).

I bought a gallon of whole milk when our gallon of 2% was  almost empty.  I came home, poured out the rest of the 2% into a jar, thoroughly washed the plastic jug, and filled half of it with the whole milk.  I then ran some water through our Pur filter and finished filling each of milk jugs with purified water.  I stuck the gallon marked 2%  in front of the whole milk gallon in the fridge and didn’t say a word. ( I put the older plastic jug in front for two reasons: it had already been used once and the expiration date on it was closer, although I think I did write the new exp. date on it)

Nobody mentioned that anything tasted amiss; they simply consumed the milk.  I found out later that my husband mentioned to Younger Son that the milk was creamier.  Hahahahahahaha!  Ok, sorry. I’m not normally a tricky person but I am cheap as all get out.  By the way, I secured that gallon of whole milk for 1.99 at ALDI.  So, 1.00 per gallon for milk, folks.  Whadya think?  It can’t hurt to try!

Are they hard boiled or not?

When my daughter was little, she used to like to crack hard boiled eggs on her forehead. One of the funniest memories I have is when, you guessed it- she was cracking before I could tell her the egg was raw!  The other day I was boiling some eggs and just for fun, I added some blue food dye.  I realized that the dyed eggs were a great way to know which eggs were hard boiled and which were not. They came out a very pale shade of blue but it was just enough to differentiate. Don’t forget to add some vinegar to the water, too!

Update: this is a great idea for dyeing Easter eggs. Set up a few pots of   water with different colors in each (don’t forget the vinegar) and simply boil your eggs in the water.

Warning: If your family has a tradition of dyeing Easter eggs, you may get some resistance if you do it this way.  However, if all the egg dyeing is under your purview, it may be something fun to try.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Add eggs, water, and about 2 T vinegar to a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil on high, then turn the heat down to med-high and set the time for 13-15 minutes. After the timer rings, drain water from pot and re-fill with cold water. Add ice or ice packs to cool the eggs down and stop the cooking process. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.