Lest I get a pinchin' for lacking me Irish green today, I'll use the text as my covering.
Sara asked about milk and what we do. Well, back in the old days, we were easily going through 9 gallons a week.
Yes, that says NINE and GALLONS. No typo. That's actually being a bit frugal on the milk usage as well. My children can drink down a gallon in one sitting. They love milk. They will go to milk before anything else here, given a chance to drink their glut of it.
Yes, a good portion of the fridge was devoted solely to gallons of milk. It was a sea of white plastic back then. But, you see, the local grocery had a designated "milk day" every week where they bought a lot and you could get a 4 gallon limit at a mere $1.99 each. Ahh, them were the good ol' days, my friend. Cheap milk.
Then, I don't know, the cows went on strike or something and we hit milk inflation. When milk first hit near $3 a gallon, the first time around, when it was a surprise to folks to pay that much, we went on strike. I won't pay that for milk. It's milk, for crying out loud. It's really a rather poor substitute for calcium when you're eating a good variety of dairy. We once paid between $8 and $11 a gallon for unpasteurized goat's milk from a dairy about 2 hour's drive from us. That's when we decided we needed a goat.
And those farmers sure ain't getting all the extra surcharges and taxes off that high priced milk gallon. Sure, feed prices go up, gas to transport milk goes up...but still...I just don't see the farmer making the extra pennies on the milk/dairy increase. And Uncle Sam keeps poking his hand out with that blasted pencil there and making the buying of fresh, raw milk a total hassle for folks simply wanting to buy local and drink fresh and healthy.
But, I digress. As usual.
We buy milk very rarely these days. Last year, it was all goat here. This year, no goat milk, but when drinking milk is desired, we simply mix powdered and chill it overnight in a glass jug so it's really good and cold. Given several good shakes/stirs to aerate, it's as good as any gallon of 2% milk from the store. Aeration is the absolute key to successful powdered milk as a drink. That, and being certain to use a glass container and chill it good. Plastic just never gets as cold as my gallon jug does. If you are a 2% milk drinker...and yes, I know all the studies about how whole milk is the go-to for toddlers these days, the added fat is a big bonus and plus for growing bodies and developing brains and such...but, if you're a 2%-er, then at the very least, mix your store-bought gallon with an equal amount of mix milk. Chill well and you will stretch those pricey gallons even farther. Mixed with whole milk, you're going to get about a 2% quality of milk.
And if you're drinking skim milk (a.k.a: opaque water), move on to some good yogurt (which you can also made from powdered milk) some good cheeses and get your calcium and dairy that way. I'm not dissin' your milk choices, but really...ain't no way I'd pay even a dollar for a gallon of dishwater-colored weak "milk"
I'm just saying.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
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