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out of mothballs
I brought my bread machine out of mothballs last night. I haven't used it since I moved into this house five years ago. Still works well, thank goodness, though I needed to use an extension cord, because the cord is too short to reach the wall from the kitchen cart.

I found a recipe on allrecipes.com for white bread, and it came out nice, but a little too fluffy for my taste. I like a nice, dense, chewy bread. My favorite recipe for the bread machine is potato bread, but I'm out of potato flakes, so I'll have to buy a packet. A couple of recipes call for dry milk, and frustratingly it only comes in 1-quart packets these days. When you only need a tablespoon, it's very annoying to have to open an entire packet of dry milk. I need to find a container for the left-over powder. (I also need a bread knife, but that's a different issue.)

I spent yesterday morning in driver's training, and it wasn't quite interesting enough to keep my full attention, so I made a shopping and to-do list. One of the things on the to-do list was to go through the cupboards and get rid of all the expired food. I'm still encountering expired food that I bought before I deployed, and I got suspicious that there was stuff in there that needed to be disposed of that I hadn't seen yet.

I hate being right about stuff like that. I filled two garbage bags with food that came out of my cupboards. Some of it was actually expired before I left, because I know I brought it from my apartment -- it was Price Chopper store brand or bore Price Chopper stickers, and I haven't shopped at Price Chopper since I moved.

I can't take the blame for all the expired food, though; I found a box of potato flakes that expired in 1999, two years before I even met darkwolfie. I have made an edict that food older than our relationship is not allowed in our home. (Except for Soop, a can of Campbell's Beef Teriyaki soup from circa 1986 -- it's so old it doesn't even have a nutrition label. We find Soop funny, so he stays.) I need to do more delving, and things need to be rearranged, but I've freed up a lot of space in the cupboards. I may attach a Sharpie marker to a string in the cupboard so I can mark purchase dates on things that don't have expiration dates.

I need to go clean up the kitchen. I have strawberries in the fridge from making fruit salsa that are about to go over, so I'm going to dice them up and freeze them for the next time I make it. I need some dinner, too -- I think I'll have leftover lassgna and garlic bread. Though I have some ham that needs cooking... nah. Lasagna. It's been aging for a while; the flavors should be well-combined by now.

I should get to it; I'm hungry.

i feel: sore sore

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ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: January 8th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (base camp)
If you end up buying a larger quantity of the dry milk powder than you really want, freeze it in a gladware container and keep it there. Otherwise, it can go rancid before you use it all up, even assuming that you're going to bake most of your bread from now on.

The other thing that goes rancid relatively quickly that no one ever suspects is whole wheat flour. It's the oil in the kernel that does it.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 8th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Good points, both. I knew about keeping whole wheat flour in the freezer, but not the milk powder. (still need to find a container, though...)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 8th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC) (base camp)
(the freezer is on the clean-out list, too.)
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: January 9th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC) (base camp)
I... did not know that about either. Huh.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 9th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC) (base camp)
I didn't know why the wheat flour went rancid, but I did know that the milk powder would. Of course, I only learned this recently, from an episode of Good Eats, where Alton Brown made instant pudding mix (which is a misnomer, because you have to cook it -- as far as I'm concerned, instant pudding just needs milk and lots of beating, not heat). The mix contains milk powder, and he says to keep it in the fridge and use it within a month, because the fats in the milk powder will go bad.
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: January 9th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC) (base camp)
I... uh... buh? I have "just add water" milk that's over a year old (that I only use for cooking) and it's fine.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 9th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC) (base camp)
Is it loose in a box?
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: January 9th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC) (base camp)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 9th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC) (base camp)
Hmm. Well, Alton is in Georgia. Maybe that makes a difference.
evilnicola From: evilnicola Date: January 9th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC) (base camp)
That anonymous comment about food older than me was me.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 9th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC) (base camp)
YOU'RE disturbed. That soup was canned before I graduated from HIGH SCHOOL.

(Still funny, though... that can has been through at least three moves.)
From: kightp Date: January 9th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, my, do I feel your pain. With me it's condiments - my refrigerator *grows* them, I swear. When I emptied it out last summer I was appalled at the "use by" dates on some of those jars. (Not to mention the science projects starting to grow in them).
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 9th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC) (base camp)
My husband doesn't plan his shopping. We have three unopened bottles of soy sauce in the fridge because he couldn't remember that he already had a bottle with maybe a tablespoon gone.
From: kightp Date: January 9th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
I have no one to blame but myself. )-:
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 9th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC) (base camp)
You could do a fridge inventory and keep it in your purse...
From: kightp Date: January 9th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC) (base camp)
*grin* My usual purse-like object is already stuffed to the gills with the *important* lists: my knitting needle inventory, yardage requirements for future knitting projects, etc.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 9th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC) (base camp)
Ah...then yu need a place to store all that!
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: January 9th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC) (base camp)
I have three bottles of dijon mustard in my fridge. Same thing.
spotweld From: spotweld Date: January 9th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC) (base camp)
I think the Stop and Shop near me sells in boxes with individual packets (like hot cocoa). You end up with nearly the same amount, but in a more managmable form.

I can take a look next time I'm in there if you'd like.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 9th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC) (base camp)
That's okay, I bought th big one. Thanks, though.
noveldevice From: noveldevice Date: January 10th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Completely off-topic, but see my latest for Linkage of Interest.
sar_kaz_m From: sar_kaz_m Date: January 14th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Hey, is your Del pattern online somewheres? We're working on mongolian for TRMs for Birka. Shoot me an email, pls.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 14th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I just make a t-tunic, slit the front, add flaps, and finish the neckline. A good place to ask for help is the SCA Mongols list on Yahoo!Groups.
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