Weezl's phase 1- recipe testing and frugalisation- come one, come all!

edited 4 April 2010 at 8:33AM in How much have you saved?
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    grandma247grandma247 Forumite
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    edited 2 April 2010 at 9:58AM
    NP I think that the totally from scratch way of making sourdough is a much longer process taking around ten days or more I think. I don't think it is that easy either as things can go wrong and for shirl it might be a waste that would put her off. I know that if I was just starting out like them without the knowledge I have gained over the years, then making sourdough from scratch would be terrifying.
  • nopot2pinnopot2pin Forumite
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    grandma247 wrote: »
    http://www.vegsoc.org.au/forum_messages.asp?Thread_ID=5165&Topic_ID=6
    There are some very good explanations on this thread about yeast and sourdough.
    :T:T:T:T

    Now ... thats a link, I like :D
    :iloveyou:

    grandma247 wrote: »
    NP I think that the totally from scratch way of making sourdough is a much longer process taking around ten days or more I think. I don't think it is that easy either as things can go wrong and for shirl it might be a waste that would put her off. I know that if I was just starting out like them without the knowledge I have gained over the years, then making sourdough would be terrifying.

    Aye... I have to agree with you there Grandma....
    Not only that, stress, would be the only thing achieved if it didn't work out... and I dont think thats an option.
    The length of time is not so good either...
    But even with the Amish bread, which used dried yeast, the starter took 10 days:eek:
    Maybe a plan further down the line ??
    But I dont think its for this one
  • AllegraAllegra Forumite
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    nopot2pin wrote: »
    I am a size 8 .... in shoes :rotfl::rotfl:
    I will say no more ;)

    I'm a size 9 in shoes :p And in clothes, size 16 and proud :cool: The parameters do change somewhat when you are 6ft tall ! My DD is 13 and a size 10 !!! , and skinny as a rake with it.
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    Allegra wrote: »
    Hey you :) Fancy telling the good people of Weezl's Ministry of Food how you feel about being a guinea pig for the meal planner ?
    I was really hoping !!!!!! would answer this but he's gone ominously quiet! Mind you, from !!!!!! a 3 out of ten means 'I'd eat it again weekly', so I think you are amazingly tolerant of guinea piggery :D

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  • nopot2pinnopot2pin Forumite
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    Allegra wrote: »
    I'm a size 9 in shoes :p And in clothes, size 16 and proud :cool: The parameters do change somewhat when you are 6ft tall ! My DD is 13 and a size 10 !!! , and skinny as a rake with it.

    I am 5ft 9 :cool:
    I love it :D
    I love wearing high heels :D
    I cant really walk very well in them though :o:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
  • aless02aless02 Forumite
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    that's a really weird coincidence, because I'm just rising my 1st sourdough loaf ever this morning! It is a HUGE amount of faff, to be honest, and consider how much yeast is a measely part of the budget, I'd be inclined to say that Shirley would likely not bother :o. Also, I think you spend more in flour than you save in yeast.

    (unfortunately I timed this experiment poorly as we just ran out of normal bread, so I need to make a batch as well, since this sourdough is only making 1 loaf! :eek:)

    You have to throw away 1/2 the starter because that's what keeps the starter feeding. It's not wasteful - it's chemistry! Also, I think keeping around the old bits too long creates hooch, and if Shirley wanted beer bread she would've asked for it! :D
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  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    Could be a way of making frugal alcohol as there is no room in the budget for it :)

    I'm nervous enough of 'normal bread making' and I have reduced bread in the freezer as a back up.
  • Allegra wrote: »
    I'm a size 9 in shoes :p And in clothes, size 16 and proud :cool: The parameters do change somewhat when you are 6ft tall ! My DD is 13 and a size 10 !!! , and skinny as a rake with it.

    I'm a size 8 to 9 in shoe as well, and I'm not sure how tall I am! When I was at school, the school nurse measured me and always said (in secondary school) I was 5ft 11 3/4", and I always said I was 6ft because I thought they were just being kind by taking off the 1/4". Most of my contemporaries fitted under my armpit. But when I was 40'odd, the coach in the gym measured me and said I was 5ft 10 1/2", so take your pick really. Whatever it is, I often feel EXTREMELY tall, however that is getting less as the next generation come through as they are taller. I can even get trousers long enough fairly easily now (33 1/2" inside leg)

    (and I wish I was a size 14, that would be slim for my height - getting there)

    Edit - I wear high heels too as I might as well, there's no point trying to be average height!
  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    I'm feel positively tiny (height wise) at 5ft 6! Size 8 shoes...and a size (cough) in clothes...lets leave the meeting up till quite a bit later in the year ;)
  • shanks77 wrote: »
    SIZE 10!!!!!!!!!!! I knew i could find a reason to hate you:rotfl:I have never been a 10 in my life I dont think my left leg is a size 10. Disgusting you must be one of these really disciplined people who can stop at one piece of chocolate damm you woman you must have a failing you must:)

    Its true...shes skinny but if its any consolation I'm a 24 and 5ft nowt so hopefully that may make people feel a bit better? :o Can confirm alas that she is very disciplined...am hoping that by being friends I can get some willpower by osmosis....:D hasnt worked yet though!!
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