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Miscellany-celery, tea, hot dog buns, and sanding

I’ve never done a post like this before, but I have a bunch of things to say that wouldn’t make good stand-alone posts. So, here are several very unrelated things all squeezed into one post.



Last September, right before we went on vacation, I mentioned that I was freezing some celery(I had to do something with it before we left!). I’d never done that before, and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, because I’ve heard some frozen celery horror stories before.

I knew it would have to be used in a cooked dish, so I got it out the next time I was making stuffing for chicken. I’m happy to report that it behaved remarkably like fresh celery, and in the end product there was no discernible difference between stuffing made with fresh celery and stuffing made with frozen celery.

I’m really pleased about this because celery is one of those things that’s gone bad on me countless times. I’ll buy it for a recipe, use a few stalks, and then forget about the rest of them until they are wilty and brown. It’s delightful to know that I can freeze and use it just like fresh when I’m making stuffing, soups, and the like. I’ve also learned that frozen celery(stalks and leaves) are lovely additions to chicken broth, so I think my fridge has seen its last bag of rotten celery.

(and yeah, the celery is frozen in a Halloween bag that I bought on clearance after Halloween…and of course it’s been washed a few times. 😉 )

In response to my whiny post, several readers suggested that I drink some warm beverages. Well, it occurred to me that I have a ridiculous amount of tea sitting up in my cabinet. I keep meaning to drink it, but I never get around to it. So, from now on I’m going to try to drink a cup or two a day. I usually use teabags twice, so even at that rate it will take me a little while to plow through my tea stash.

If I run out of herbal tea before winter is up, I will still not be out of luck because I have a ridiculous amount of regular tea(the orange and black pekoe stuff) to use up(as in, probably more than the herbal tea in the picture). I really need to stop buying tea when I see a good sale. In my defense, I haven’t bought a single box since I started on my “no-waste and buy only what I need” mission back in March.

There were lots of other good suggestions and comments on that post(you guys really came out of the woodwork! I don’t think I’ve ever had that many comments on a post before.), and I may devote a post to responding to them next week sometime.

img_0446-1Hot Dog Buns
This one’s kind of self-serving, but I was pleased with this and I had to tell someone! Last night, bratwurst were on the menu, but unfortunately, I’d forgotten to buy buns. I really didn’t want to go to the grocery store for just a package of buns, so I decided to try making some using my hamburger bun recipe. They weren’t perfect(I’ll have a better idea how to shape them next time, and I’ll also leave out some of the sugar), but they certainly sufficed, and I was pleased at how much they resembled real hot dog buns. And I was especially pleased that I didn’t have to bundle up the kids and make a run to the grocery store.

Lastly, it actually wasn’t TOO cold here today. I think it got up into the 30s and maybe into the low 40s this afternoon in the sun. I decided to take advantage of the weather, so after I got my other work done today, I dug out my sander, ear protectors, and face mask, and tackled the nightstand. I’m happy to report that it’s all sanded, and some of it is even primed. It wasn’t quite 50 degrees, but the primer seemed to go on ok and it dried fine. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer, so if all goes according to plan, the nightstand will be primed, painted, and residing in Zoe’s room by tomorrow night.

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The Frugal Girl » Miscellany on a Thursday

Thursday 3rd of September 2009

[...] Actually, now that I think about it, this has only happened once before.  If, for some reason, you can’t get enough of this sort of thing, you can read my other miscellany post from January. [...]

Diane Crowley

Sunday 8th of February 2009

Love your site, but sometimes get behind on reading, so here's a late reply: I too, love to have a wide variety of sale-purchased decaf teas in my pantry. Recently, I discovered that a single teabag will make a 4-cup pot of tea if the water is boiled (not microwaved) and allowed to steep for about five minutes. I drink my fill when it's hot and then pour the rest into a half gallon container which stays in the refridgerator. (I mix the flavors together.) This way, I always have plenty of flavorful decaf iced tea on hand and no yucky half-used teabags on the stove top. I can compost the teabag after "one" use, knowing it has given its all.


Tuesday 27th of January 2009

I freeze celery as well, especially the leafy tops! Homegrown/organic celery from the farmer's market have very leafy, full tops because the vendors don't trim them the way conventional produce is trimmed for the supermarket. I wash it up and freeze the leaves in a ziploc bag. These are great for the stock pot during the winter. You can kind of bash the bag against the counter and the leaves break up. Easy to scoop out just the amount you want to cook with.

I also wash out bags and am mostly motivated by a desire to not waste more plastic. I have a plant hook, kind of like an arm, above the kitchen sink that no longer has a plant and I clip them to the plant support. It's like a small, retractable drying rack for the bags. I think my teen's friends think it is very strange, but other people can relate...


Sunday 25th of January 2009

No, I just thought my grandmother was the only one who did that. She lived through the depression and was the cheapest person I ever met. She would literally wash them out and hang them to dry with clothespin.


Sunday 25th of January 2009

Battra-um, yes, I wash my ziplocs(it's more about not throwing away plastic than it is about saving money). Don't tell me there's something unhealthy about washing them!

To those of you that inquired about the hot dog's the same dough as my hamburger bun recipe. ;)

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