Been spending a bit of savings today. Had to get a quilt cover and some new sheets. We drove over to Wisbech to a really good shop called Dunelm (they are in some other places as well). Bought said items plus a nice large rug for the dining room.
We are beginning to flatten the carpet as we walk through. It was originally bought for the back door area but seems too nice. However, if it ends up there, I must remind myself not to get upset when it gets grubby - message to self.
It's too big to wash in the machine but will be power hosed gently (when hosepipe ban is no longer on) to clean it. We also topped up our tea towels and got some things I needed to keep separately for making yoghurt.
Made my first full batch of yoghurt yesterday. Here is my baby, ain't she grand!
I rounded the 2 tablespoons of dried milk and the yoghurt starter and it is a lot thicker this time. I shouldn't have to buy starter (a small tub of live natural yoghurt) anymore, just need to keep 2 tablespoons of this.
I've been reading from the same site that if I strain it through a nylon sieve or cheesecloth, it will become thicker still and can be used as Quark or cream cheese. The whey that separates out of it, can be used in baking or turned into ricotta cheese. Sounds a win win situation to me!
Anyway, price wise (not including electricity to sterilise the milk) works out at 62p for 1.4 litres. The milk came from Aldi at £1.00 for 2.2 litres of semi-skimmed. From Farmshops, it would have cost me 57p. I'm not including the electricity as our local shop doesn't sell natural yoghurt and we have to drive to town to buy it. I reckon the cost of electricity is cheaper than petrol.
When you think how much it costs to buy a good quality, low fat yoghurt, this is amazing. You can also make it using skimmed milk or all milk powder to make it.
The link to it is on my post for Sunday 15th April 2012.