Every other Monday, I answer a few of the questions that my readers send me. If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A post, just leave me a comment here or email me (thefrugalgirl [at] gmail [dot] com) and put Q&A in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you!
I wondered, on your yogurt recipe, would reduced for quick sale milk work for that? I often find milk reduced to $1.95 per gallon and thought that would be wonderful for the yogurt. I just wondered if the expiration date of the milk would still apply to yogurt of if the process changes that in any way.
Though I’ve never tried it (Aldi never has quick sale milk!), I think that should work just fine. I’m not positive about the science behind it, but turning milk into yogurt seems to keep it fresh beyond its expiration date.
When I buy a gallon of milk and turn it into yogurt, that yogurt will keep for a month or so in the fridge, and I know that a month is past the expiration date of the milk.
So, it seems to me that using milk which is close to the expiration date should be no problem. It’s not like you’re using sour milk (I did some googling and people have had mixed results with that.)…it’s just milk that will soon be past its sell-by date.
And a sell-by date is different than a use-by date, so the reduced milk is probably still days from going sour.
I say go for it. And let us know how it works out.
(Here’s how to make yogurt at home. No machine required!)
I was wondering if you could PLEASE share your sweet roll recipe? That picture from June 20th when you used the 3 egg yolk looked amazing! Thank you!
I haven’t shared the recipe here before since I have several other sweet cinnamon bread recipes, but a lot of you asked for it after seeing the photo, so I put it on my to-post list!
I’m refinishing my dining room table. I was going to stain it but then I saw your painted furniture so I’m not sure. Anyway, your step-by-step guide to painting wood furniture is great and makes me feel brave enough to paint (black)…maybe. Do you have similar guidance for staining wood furniture?
Thanks so much,
I actually haven’t done a whole lot in the way of staining, both because I’m kind of in love with the look of painted furniture and because staining requires more thorough prep work.
To stain an old piece, it really is best to take the old finish completely off so that you’re dealing with bare wood.
To paint an old piece, you just have to sand enough to smooth out the surface and remove the sheen.
So, painting = easier, just because the prep work is so much less demanding.
If your table has very simple lines, it might not be super hard to get the old finish off entirely, but if it’s at all ornate, it’ll be tough to get off all of the old stain.
I love the look of black dining room tables, so I say go for painting! It’ll be less work and will probably look fabulous.
One tip: I don’t normally apply a coat of polyurethane to my pieces, but for a dining room table, which will receive a lot of wear and tear, I’d do a coat or two of poly.
(P.S. I did try out some Cabot water-based stain last summer, and I use it on a mirror and a doll bunkbed. It was super easy to work with because it’s water based, and it produced a hard, durable finish. So, if you do go the staining route, I highly recommend this product.)
Readers, as always, feel free to chime in with your own advice!
(And if any of you science-y types have thoughts about why yogurt-making extends the life of milk, go for it.)