Monday, August 26, 2013

Organic Milk On Sale

I make my own yogurt - which will be a later post. Sometimes my grocery  store has milk on sale and I buy 2 to 4 gallons. That is a lot of milk. It takes 5 cups to make one batch of yogurt so I freeze it in plastic containers 5 cups at a time.

But I make other things too, some need 1 cup of milk and some 1/2 cup of milk and one needs 3 Tablespoons of milk. In the past I have tried freezing milk in zip lock bags but they are hard to get the milk out of and some of the fat sticks to the bag. I liked the containers because I pop it out before it starts to melt and it comes out pretty clean.

But I was starting to have way too many small containers of 1 cup and 1/2 cup and didn't have any Tablespoons so I thought of my ice cub trays.

Each cube is 2 Tablespoons. So that means:
1 1/2 cubes = 3 Tablespoons 
8 cubes = 1/2 cup
16 cubes = 1 cup  
This gives me a much more manageable system for saving milk to use in smaller quantities.

I cover the cubes with wrap and stack them on each other and freeze.
After they are frozen I pop them out and put them in a plastic bag and label and date it. (Very important if you are cube freezing other things. You'd be surprised how similar things look!!)

I use the ice cub trays to freeze broth, tomato sauce, plain yogurt for starter, and milk to be used in small quantities in recipes.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


After one of the many rains we have had all summer my husband found 17 fire ant mounds in the front yard. He used all the ant killer we had on hand and was still needing some. I didn't really want to run to the store for just one thing so I searched on-line to see if there was a recipe for Fire Ant Killer. Well there was and I just happened to have the ingredients on hand. It is really very simple, it is equal parts Borax and white sugar.

Yes, I had Borax because of a recipe for something else I had seen.

I used 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of sugar. Mix it together with a spoon. 

If the Borax is clumpy break the clumps up with the spoon. After the box is open it will be clumpy.

I then put it all in a quart jar with a lid and labeled it. You just sprinkle some on the top of the ant hill. Apparently they think sugar is good and can't tell the difference between that and Borax when mixed together.  

So we tried it out and  it works. If it rains you have to start again but if there is 24 hours after application till the rain you have a good shot at killing the ants.