Weather has been a little crazy here in SW Idaho, but it is working for me to have cool days for baking and getting stuff done in the kitchen. I’ll be mixing up some of the Artisan bread mix tonight and bake it off on Wed. The extra loaves will go in my chest freezer for later. One thing I like about the Artisan bread recipe is that my loaves last quite awhile without getting moldy compared to my regular white bread loaves. It might be not using oil/fat and a balance of sugar and salt is a less friendly enviroment for mold growth.
I got a batch of wheat beer ready to be made along with getting a couple of batches ready to bottle. The county fair is coming up and I have about four types of beer I would like to enter. Thankfully, I bought some extra Bellma hops, as it is completly sold out till next year. This was a limited “experimental hops” and it proved to be very popular. I will try a hops called Zythos that has a fruity flavor but is more citrusy rather than sweet like the Bellma. Most of my brews have tended to be very hoppy in flavor and I think that is why most of my family beer drinkers tend to shy away from my home brew. It is an easy fix just by changing when you add hops to the wort and doing a 60 minute rater than a 90 minute boil.
I’m not seeing much on sale that really blows my skirt up except Cash & Carry has the 40 pound of mesquite chunk charcoal for sale at $11.49 a bag. I like the flavor that mesquite adds to meats and after a couple of times cooking with it on my BBQ it is easy to control the temp. and keep it around 325-350 degrees for cooking. Supposedly using a “Volcano Stove” and 200 pounds of briquets gives you enough fuel for cooking a meal a day for a year. After using my lump charcoal I would say you need a bit more like 300 pounds as you don’t have all the fillers that you get with briquets. I will add another four bags at this price and with what I have stored for me and Mom we should be good to go cooking on the BBQ. If you haven’t got one already I would recommend a Chimney Starter for the BBQ especially if you find one under $15.00. You won’t need to buy or store lighter fluid once you have one and you won’t have to deal wth that lighter fluid taste.
Cash & Carry is also having a sale on both olive and grape seed oil. I think I will pick up a gallon of the olive oil for just over $11.00 because it is a great multi-tasker. Grapeseed oil is new to me trying out but it seem to be a good carrier oil for the skin/ herbal oils as well as a good cooking oil. I’m little leary of jumping on the bandwagon for a new oil after finding out how canola oil was hyped. It’s not that canola oil is bad as original function was a light weight industrial oil, heck it might be a great substitute for oiling butcher blocks and other things but it is not a good oil for human consumption in my opinion. I’m going retrograde on oils and fats such as lard, real butter, olive oil as they do seem to work better for me compared to all the low fat/no fat crap oil the government says are good for us. I have started using lard this year and it is a amazing how little you need to use when you cook with cast iron or stir fry. A pint jar of lard lasts for at least 4 months in my basic cooking and baking, though I don’t make much pastry that would require more lard and it’s just me, I’m cooking for daily.
That’s about for this week’s grocery shopping though I won’t be able to access the Albertson’s ad till Wed. and see the sales the offer. I’m getting few things from Amazon like the solar battery charger and more of the little solar motion detector lights that are working out so well as my front porch light. I’ll be able to eliminate one old plug in motion detector light and add some normal yard and security lighting that is independent of the grid. Getting a couple more food grade water barrels on sale and trying a few ideas like painting them black and see how well they will absorb heat and this winter if they can stand up to a freeze.
I’m still waiting on my new payment book for the house refi. So far it does not look like IHFA got the loan to carry. I want to get at least month ahead on my house payments and start my new “normal” budget. The mini van needs some brake work done this month I will have to hold back on another battery for the solar setup. I’m not complaining the van is ten years old so she will need stuff replaced. I prefer to repair rather than get a newer vehicle and make loan payments. Brakes are just normal maint. so I have planned for that happening. I drive mostly in the city so lots of stop and go traffic, and I think the brakes were a bit iffy when I got the van so I’m not really surprised. The new tires helped a lot but I want the mini-van setup to be solid mechanically going into winter.