Saturday, September 30, 2017

Healthy eating and skim milk in jugs

How many times can I tell you that we lived next door to the sister of the famous Australian painter Albert Tucker without you grovelling at my feet, saying you lived next door to Tucker's sister? Wow, I am impressed. No, it's never happened. We did see him once when he visited her, peeking through the blinds. In a stalking manner we walked past the window where they dined together at a nearby French restaurant, now an Indian restaurant we visit at times.

Her first name was Ida, but we always called Mrs S..... She used her second name, Lee, rather like oneself uses his second name. I know a couple of mature women by the name of Lee and I like them. Lee seems to be a name for good people. Perhaps it is just the age people are who are called Lee.

Mrs S was a sticky beak and welcomed us to our new (dump) of a home in East Malvern with scones. Every Saturday afternoon there were piping hot scones for us. Mrs S led a very healthy diet. As her daughter said, she was not a tea and toast person. She showed us how to grow alfalfa sprouts, how to make a chicken substitute from tomatoes and suggested for our good health, we should not use full cream milk but make our own using skim milk powder. Mix it well with a whisk, she said, and leave it overnight in the fridge. Thirty five years later, we are still using skim milk powder. Full cream milk seems like drinking pure fat to me and I just don't ever have full cream milk. I expect we have saved an awful lot of money over the years by not buying fresh milk. We keep UHT milk for unexpected visitors and buy fresh milk if we know people are coming.

So that is why we use milk jugs and don't pour from a store bought carton. Of course hand whisks to mix the milk powder have become old hat and we now use an electric stick blender, but that is an Ebay story for another day.

PS, we saw a couple of Tucker paintings last Wednesday. That too will be revealed in the future.

Well, another day has already arrived. We used to mix the milk in the jug with a hand whisk. Every so often they corroded and had to be replaced. Then when we bought a stick blender, it had a whisk attachment, so we use it to mix the milk. R uses the stick blender to mash potatoes with another attachment. However, two of the wires on the whish broke. It seemed to be very expensive to buy a new whisk attachment. I found this assembly of four attachments on Ebay and put in the minimum bid of $15. We already have the other attachments, plus more, and only need the whisk. I suppose we now have spares. It was the only bid and the package arrived four days later to the post office across the road. The postage was just short of the $15 bid.

Two wires are missing. R confessed that perhaps it was his fault and maybe he should be more gentle with it. The wires broke at the tip and I cut them off with pliers.


I can't see the other attachments ever being required by us. If I could be bothered I would put them on Ebay for $10. In the unlikely event anyone reading this needs one of these remaining Kenwood stick blender attachments, you can have all less the whisk or specific pieces for the price of postage.


30 comments:

  1. We have two different types of milk in our fridge at all times - catering for our very different tastes. No UHT though. I can't bear it - it tastes artificial.

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    1. EC, I've never drank UHT milk. No one ever complains, but they do about our 'watery milk'.

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  2. I feel like you are holding out on us, not telling us how to make a chicken substitute from tomatoes. :)

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    1. Snoskred, I honestly can't remember. It did taste like chicken.

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    2. Is that the 'mock chicken' paste to spread on Jatz that was so popular at Tupperware parties? I remember it and once had the recipe, but it's long gone now.

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  3. Each to his own I guess. Great and interesting take on milk. Greetings!

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    1. Blogoratti, how boring it would be if we all liked the same things.

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  4. I use one of those stick blenders to make Mayo. Done in two seconds.

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    1. Cro, we've had one or two electric appliances that are rarely used, but the stick blender is brilliant for all sorts of things.

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  5. We use our stick blender all the time, for various things. As for milk, back when I drank milk, it was always low-fat or skim (except when I was a kid). But I haven't tasted milk in a long, long time. I can't stand the stuff any more. I never took milk in tea or coffee. I only have it around for cooking, and guests, and it's UHT.

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    1. Walt, I guess that is both of you who don't drink milk. I do like a nice glass of very cold skim milk, but I drink my coffee black.

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  6. I'm lactose intolerant and drink mainly almond milk or almond/coconut milk, but probably no more than 1/2 cup a day either.
    I use my stick blender when I make soup to puree the vegetables. I don't often use the whisk attachment, just to mix egg whites.

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    1. Sami, are you the one who orders a decaf almond milk coffee? Whisking egg whites? Pavlova!

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  7. I visited friends yesterday who live in an eco village and they bought raw milk direct from the farmer. That is the complete opposite to your milk. We used to do the powdered milk thing but not anymore we buy skim milk in a bottle and soy milk in a carton.

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    1. Diane, I grew up with milk fresh from the cow (bath milk?) , but I could only ever drink it cold. Initially the milk went into cans, but later went into a large refrigerated vat. Even back then, some liked the cream on top of the milk, but I liked it mixed through. Bill has the soy?

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  8. My daughter has a stick blender but not a Kenwood, so the attachments won't fit. I don't think hers has any attachments other than the blender it came with.
    So that's why the milk jug, very sensible. I remember now, when I went to live with Mum, she always used a milk jug, because the milk left in the billycan by the milkman was always mixed with goat milk or powdered milk to make it go further.

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    1. River, milk powder is certainly much cheaper. Interesting about mixing cow milk with goat milk or powdered milk. I reckon now goat milk might be more expensive.

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    2. Mum had her own goats and used to sell milk to people whose children had dairy allergies.

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  9. I don't like milk much in fact I'm lactose intolerant, but I sometimes get by with powdered milk. It's kind of strong tasting however, unless mixed just right and very chilled.

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    1. Strayer, as you can imagine, we are pretty expert at making it just right now.

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  10. For awhile, I lived in Alaska, and in a quonset hut behind a house and got free rent for taking care of their animals. This included milking the cow twice daily, by hand. Then straining the mild through cheese cloth and letting it sit til the cream rose, then carefully dipping it off the top. We sold the milk and the cream from a fridge on the porch.

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    1. Strayer, farmers making cream with a separator was a big thing here until refrigerated milk vats.

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  11. Well how about that! We drink full cream milk because skim milk has more sugar in it and I'm trying to cut sugar at the moment. I never buy low fat anything, they have to add more sugar to make it taste better 😀

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    1. Grace, skim milk has more sugar? I don't disbelieve you but I must check how and why. I agree with the rest, get the basic product untampered with as much as possible.

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  12. Oh, my goodness!! I only use full-cream milk...and would use nothing else!!!

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    1. Lee, it is just what you get used to. I drink black coffee without sugar, yet when I first began drinking coffee, it was white with two.

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    2. I drink black coffee at times, too...no sugar. I drink coffee made on milk and also at times a "flat-white"...all without sugar added.

      I just can't imagine using the "fake" milk. My landlords use the UDL-fake stuff all the time. I just couldn't bring myself to using it...drinking it. I like my full cream Norco. We all have our own personal choices...likes and dislikes.

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    3. Lee, next time a carton is opened I must try the UHT. I really don't know what it tastes like. It's a little alarming that the milk powder we use has more sugar than full cream milk.

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    4. Hahahahaha! See! I even get its name incorrect!! UHT is what I meant not UDL. I don't drink the latter product, either!

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    5. I thought it was a regional word difference.

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