Make your fridge be nice to you.

I did it – for the first time since moving last summer, I cleaned my fridge from top to bottom. I deem that confession revealing enough that a ‘Before’ picture is unnecessary.  Ha. This is what it looked like After. So sparkly that one should wear sunglasses when fetching a glass of milk. I also rearranged the shelves  for optimum storage, and chose designated shelves for certain items. This fridge was new-to-us last summer, and I had not yet rearranged a thing. If you have not done so, I encourage you to analyze your fridge usage and try a new shelf arrangement. It has really cut down on frustration for me this week! I can go to the fridge and take something out with one hand, instead of juggling and shifting. I can tell Jeremy right where something is in the fridge, because – at least on the door – everything has an assigned spot. Very helpful. Make your fridge be nice to you. The Spring Cleaning Challenge over at Nourishing Gourmet was just what I needed.
Now, Kimi posted pictures of her fridge contents when she was done, and I saw some intriguing things in jars and jugs…my curiosity was aroused and I wish she had told us what was in that one jar, ’cause seriously, it looked like it should have been thrown out! LOL I’m sure it was something highly nutritious. That being said, in case Your curiosity was aroused by anything in MY fridge, I’m gonna be sweet and enlighten you!

1. Fresh, Whole milk from the nearest dairy farm.
2. Home canned pear-grape juice made last summer. Turned out a bit tart. I use it for taking medicine. ๐Ÿ™‚
3. Fresh batch of Homemade Whey. I use this mostly for when I soak my bread and batters overnight, but it has lots of nutritional uses. I make usually turn 1/2 gallon of milk into this and #5 once a month.
4. Yancy’s Fancy Cheese curds – this pregnant mommy’s favorite protein snack. Lovely with homemade wheat thins.
5. Homemade Cream Cheese – a byproduct of #3. Used succesfully in cream cheese frosting on a carrot cake yesterday – HOORAY! ๐Ÿ™‚
6. Beet Kvass. My friend and mentor-in-all-things-nourishing made this for me. A true friend. I really, really, need to start drinking it every day. It’s not something I’m naturally fond of, but it’s so good for me, so I need to make it habit. (There’s another quart of it behind the whey – I really need to get drinking that stuff. Great source of iron for this pregnant momma. 
7. Dough for Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day – recipe here. This was yummy, %100 whole wheat bread – one of my better attempts so far in the area of whole wheat, soaked bread. And stinkin’ easy.Pardon my slang.
8. This week’s salad dressing – Homemade Poppy Seed. Recipe coming soon.
Left of #8 – forgot to give it a number – my Kombucha Mushroom, waiting patiently for the next time I make a batch. 
9. Half and half, skimmed off the top of a gallon of fresh milk (see #1). This is where buying our milk fresh, whole, and un-homogenized (at $2 a gallon) really starts to save us money. You can make it into so many things! I save a couple dollars a week not having to buy half-and-half, not to mention the yogurt, cream cheese, whey, creamy soups and ICE CREAM I make every week. Oh yum. Oh, so much money saved.
10. I saved the best for last. Why, you ask, does she have her deodorant in the fridge?????

I’ll tell you all about it in my next post….:)

4 responses to “Make your fridge be nice to you.”

  1. Trina Avatar

    Kateri – I'm so excited you may have found a source for milk!

    I pay $2 a gallon – which I think is a very good price, though still more than the farmer may be getting for his milk in bulk. Anywhere from $2-3 is what we pay around here for straight-from-the-tank. We paid $4 a gallon for pasteurized, whole Jersey milk from a local store before we found it raw. Some people pay $8 so I feel blessed!

  2. Kateri Avatar

    I was going to ask you what you pay for your raw milk. I finally have a patient who's daughter runs a dairy farm–and they are just 11 miles from where I live. Once I get to know them a tad bit better, I hope to ask about buying raw milk from them…

  3. Trina Avatar

    ah, ha – post coming soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Mrs. Guthrie Avatar

    The deodorant has me very intrigued…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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