Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Welcome to Blogger, Firefly Farm!

I would like to welcome my amazing sister-in-law (and dearest friend) to the blogger community!

Lawrie and her husband stay on a beautiful plot in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal near the small town of Hluhluwe, with their two small children. They have pigs, chickens, horses, dogs and a fish breeding facility. Lawrie does so much to try make her family as self sustainable as possible. Now she has decided to share her journey

You can follow her blog here, I know it's going to be full of useful tips.

Here are a few images from Firefly Farm

View from Firefly Farm over False Bay
A beautiful veggie garden

Monday, August 26, 2013

How to Stretch Your Milk

No matter how much milk costs, its one of those things we just can't do without in our house. We generally use about two litres of low fat milk a day unless I bake or cook with it, then it will be more. With the price of milk skyrocketing and no goats in the foreseeable future, I knew there had to be a way to bring our costs down.

With a little bit of research and a few trial and errors we have come up with a solution that literally cuts our cost in half!
Instead of buying our usual 2%, we now buy full cream milk and "dilute" it down. In the end it tastes virtually the same as the 2%, and way better than fat free/skim.

Here is what we do so that the milk flavour is still great:

We take our 2 litre milk and pour half into the last empty milk container. With 1 litre in each container we add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Top up with water and shake.

We don't completely fill with water, we leave about a 5 cm space on top. How much water you add is up to you, the more you add, the more "milk" you get but its obviously more diluted. We have found the perfect amount for our family without making the milk taste weak.

In the end no matter how much water you add, that's how much free milk you are getting, so even 500ml extra is better than nothing.

This little trick saves our family over R300 a month! Go ahead and give it a try.