It has to be said, there is something very soothing, almost hypnotic like, about stirring a pan of frugal laundry liquid. The hardest part (and none of it is either hard or difficult), is grating the soap. You can of course use soap flakes but they are more expensive than a cheap bar of soap.
The batch I made
today used up three small blobs from all the hand washing areas in
the house, plus 1/3rd of a new bar. I'm not going to post the recipe
or pictures as I have done so before. Simply put into the search box
of my blog (top right) frugal laundry liquid and you'll find all you
need to know about how to make it and how much cheaper it is to use
than bought detergent. Chose the post dated 10th May 2012 for the recipe.
Here is the 1/2
batch from today, cooling in the re-used milk containers. The red
tape is simply to remind DB that these need to be kept rather than be
thrown into the recycling bin.
Yesterday I made two
loaves of 'corn' bread. I use the word corn in inverted comma's as it
is not your regular corn bread. To make two loaves, I used 2lb of bread flour 4oz of fine
polenta. As you can see from the picture below, I am
not very accurate at dividing the dough into two equal portions!
Many moons ago, I
read over at Sue's blog 'Our New Life in the Country” (see my blog
list to the right), how she had invested in an electric food slicer
to slice their bread, meat and anything else she needed to.
We followed suit, saved up and
bought ours from Lakeland for the investment of £40. Not cheap by a
long shot but it does save a lot of work and is now used every week
Thought I'd show you
it and us in action. Each of my loaves of bread makes 18 slices,
including both crusts.
Here is the bread loaded into machine ready to cut. The first half of the loaf is very carefully held in place by hand otherwise it squirms all over the place. Once half way through, we use the safety tool that comes with the slicer.
Here it is, finished and bagged up. One to use, one for the freezer.