Thursday, March 29, 2012

95. fewer flours

Back to the kitchen stuff today.

Today's items:
Three bread machine cookbooks. I don't own a bread machine, haven't in over a decade, but I did occasionally pull one of these off the shelf when I made my weekly loaf by hand. One of my favorite recipes (now scanned) came from one of these, but in my quest to shrink my cookbook collection, these didn't make the cut.

And I finally used up the last of my whole wheat pastry four so I'm down to just two wheat flours (whole wheat and white whole wheat) that cover all my baking needs and are already in glass jars so these two can finally follow the other plastic canisters out the door. As with the rest of the house, fewer choices in the pantry is good. =)

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  1. I'm with you on cutting down pantry staples. We have very limited food storage space. I figure if I really need something special for a recipe, I can plan ahead and buy the amount I need from the bulk bin at my food coop. I used to think I needed to keep on hand every kind of bean I ever used. Now I keep a few favorites and smaller amounts of ones that I'm planning to use soon. I'm starting to have empty jars in several sizes.

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    1. I'm getting better at this. I have a lot of spices, but refill the tins from the bulk bins at the grocery so I can get those in smaller amounts. The flour though had gotten out of hand. Awhile back, I had whole wheat, ww pastry, white ww and bread flour. lol Talk about overkill. Now I pretty much use white whole wheat for everything but the dog biscuits in which I use the whole wheat. I also kept too many varieties of beans and whole grains on hand. I'm learning. =)

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  2. with so many recipe websites, I'm almost wondering why we should keep cookbooks at all!

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    1. I know! These days, if there's a cookbook I really really want, I get it in digital format. Those along with all the recipes online, well, I really should go through the cookbooks again with an empty box. lol Same with the other books I kept. I think I need to fill another box soon. I've gotten to where I actually prefer the digital format.

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  3. Yeah, I pretty much realized that whole white wheat flour works for everything. I still have lots of bean varieties as we like them. I need to quit buying red kidney bean, though, because they are my least favorite. And I'm pretty sure I could live without regular split peas as long as I have lentils in at least 3 colors (brown, red, tiny little dark ones) on hand.

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    1. Yep, it's definitely an all-purpose flour. I love it in everything but the dog biscuits. For those, I need the organic whole wheat. I think once I use up what I have though, I'll start buying from the bulk bin in just the quantity needed for the biscuits so I can save the pantry space now that I just have a little dog and one batch lasts a loooong time unless I give most away to the neighbors. lol

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