5 Ways To Use Up Milk.

This is part of the Nutritional Health Series, check the tag for the other posts!

Seeing as I’m actually trying to reduce the amount of dairy I consume, what with being lactose intolerant and all, we sometimes hit some trouble using up leftover dairy. And milk is a big one. When Jon is having porridge, we will buy in whole three and four pint jugs of milk, just for that. When he isn’t we tend to just need one or two at a time and even then we may throw some away.

But there is often an overlap between when we need a lot of milk and when we don’t need any. And I can’t exactly drink two pints of milk overnight so as to not waste it. So here are five recipes to use up any leftover milk so it doesn’t go to waste.

1: White sauce.

Ingredients per pint of milk:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp herbs (optional)

Recipe:

  1. Mash the butter and flour together until fully blended.
  2. Heat the milk in a pan.
  3. Slowly incorporate the butter-flour.
  4. Simmer until the milk thickens. Stir continually.
  5. Season and simmer a little longer.
  6. Use or preserve.

This one works well for fish, chicken and cured pork, but can also make a nice base for black pepper sauce, which goes with anything.

2: Froth pudding.

Recipe:

  1. Boil the milk until a froth forms.
  2. Scoop the froth and place to one side.
  3. Repeat until little to no milk is left.
  4. Leave the froth to set in the fridge.
  5. Flavour with fruits, honey, nuts and seeds, chocolate, fudge…etc.

This is a common Indian street food, requires nothing but milk and home-made treat and goes well with any sweet dish.

3: Dulce de leche.

Ingredients per pint of milk:

  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp coffee or cocoa (optional)

Recipe:

  1. Bring the milk to a boil.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in it.
  3. Continue boiling as it evaporates.
  4. Once the mix goes amber, start stirring continually.
  5. Cook until a thick, smooth paste the colour of fudge results.
  6. Cool.

This Spanish dish is very similar to a thicker, less chewy toffee and goes very well in ice-cream, on bread, in cakes and in puddings.

4: Milk jelly.

Ingredients per pint of milk:

  • 100g jelly mix or soft gelatine
  • 2tbsp sugar

Recipe:

  1. Put the jelly in a jug.
  2. Add boiling water to the 1/4 pint mark.
  3. Stir to dissolve the jelly.
  4. Add the milk. Stir in.
  5. Pour into a mold to set.

This one is great fun, sets really quickly and kids tend to love it.

5: Pan de leche.

Ingredients per pint of milk:

  • 1 cup self-raising flour or flour and raising agents
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar (for sweet version)
  • 2 tsp pepper (for savory version)
  • 1 egg (for glazing)

Recipe:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients.
  2. Fold in the milk.
  3. Mix until the mass is firm and only a bit sticky.
  4. Form rolls.
  5. Paint the rolls with a beaten egg.
  6. Bake in an oven preheated at 150C for 20-25min.

Another Spanish recipe. Great breads, nice both in sweet and savory forms, lovely with jam.

And those are five ways I use up leftover milk when there’s a risk it will go off.

Dulce de leche and milk jelly last almost indefinitely.

Pan de leche and white sauce last four or five days.

Milk froth pudding lasts only a couple of days and needs to be refrigerated.

You can freeze dulce de leche and white sauce, as well as turn milk froth pudding into an ice-cream (that lasts ages).

Generally, all of them will lengthen the life of your plain milk and make it a different type of food you can use faster.

What do you find you need to use up at home? Feel free to say in the comments and I’ll find a few recipes from my repertoire to help you make good use of leftovers!

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

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FitFriday XXVII, FatFriday XIV. Oranges, oranges, omega oils.

Dairy still low to none, but I’ve been craving citrus fruit so I’ve eaten myself into a couple of ulcers. Diet been generally quite good but sugar is going up so I’ll need to work on that. Workouts are going down proportionate to sugar going up, so I need to work on that too.

Been keeping the garden in order and going on more walks lately, though, so I’ve had that.

The best thing I ate all week was probably a hellmince stew.

The worst thing I ate all week, at least in health terms, was unfrozen blueberry ice cream.

Been a bit lazier due to lethargy, but seem to be fighting it just fine. Will need to recalibrate carbs and see how I do.

How has your week been, in health and fitness terms?

WWW. Blueberry Banana Pudding.

We’ve had other things, but for some reason I haven’t noted any of the stir-fries down, so they’re lost.

Here is a recipe for a protein-packed, carby pudding that lets me break my limits for carbs and dairy before lunch. :p

Blueberry Banana Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:

-1 cup plain flour

-1 cup skimmed milk powder

-300g extra heavy cream

-4 eggs

-4 bananas

-1/2 cup blueberries

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-knife

-greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the dry ingredients.

2: Incorporate the eggs and cream.

3: Slice the bananas.

4: Lightly fold in the fruit.

5: Pour the mix into the tray.

6: Bake at 200C until it rises and is brown at the sides.

7: Serve with cream or ice-cream.

Blueberry Banana Pudding Recipe 2

FitFriday XXVI, FatFriday XIII. Lift everything…

…do all the yoga, eat all the food, sleep all day.

Or I wish I could, but I’m settling for more activity and a bit more food.

Part of the reason I’m more active is because I made myself a BORED? chart. For those who don’t know, BORED? charts are an educational tool designed to encourage children to take control of their own entertainment and responsibilities, through suggested activities starting with the letters B, O, R, E, D. And if it works for toddlers, I figured it would help me too!

Here’s my chart:

BORED

The picture being a webcam picture and thus a little blurry, this is my list:

B1: Book writing.    30-60min.

B2: Bake or cook something.

B3: Blog or reblog.   30min.

O1: Organize the room/house.

O2: Open another cafepress.

O3: Outdoor activity.   45-120min.

R1: Revise Maths/German.   60min.

R2: Repair something.

R3: Read a book.   30-60min.

E1: Exercise.   30min.

E2: Emails checked, sorted, answered.

E3: Everything clean in room/house.

D1: Draw something.

D2: Deviantart.   30min.

D3: Dance, burn energy.   30min.

They are also categorized. A star means blogging and networking. A heart means home. A lightening bolt means for when I am restless. A moon means for when I am lethargic.

In other words, if I have nothing to do or am having a hard time focusing on work, then I can consult my list for an activity that fills the time productively, matches my mood and evens me out, ready for work.

Which means that lately I’m spending a lot of time developing forearm-strike moves, doing planks and dancing.

My body is as lean as it gets without the stretchy skin being obvious, so I’m focusing on protein and fresh Spring vegetables, but also having the odd bit of fruit here and there. Broke the no dairy rule a couple of times, but I’m so careful the rest of the time that it hasn’t hit me.

The crushed knuckle is finally healed, but is now slightly shorter than its opposite (it used to be slightly longer) and widened, so there may be structural damage there. Whoops.

In terms of laziness I have been abusing the odd lie-in, meaning I’m pushing the morning tasks into the smallest time possible and having to rush them. I’ll work on getting up earlier from now.

In terms of naughty foods, I have recently made a pudding with bananas, eggs, cream and blueberries that probably hits my dairy and carb targets in a single sitting, but is delicious.

How has your week of food and exercise gone? What would your BORED chart have? If anyone wants, I can write you one of your own and submit a high quality photo or scan so you can print it out and use it. Just ask for the style and mention the most productive things you could be doing and I can put it into easy-to-follow chart form. 🙂

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

FitFriday XXIII, FatFriday X. Too much sugars. Meh.

Fit.

Being keeping at it with my weights and my intermittent yoga between lessons, so as far as exercise is concerned, I’m feeling pretty good.

BUT, between work and Jon being on night shifts I’ve not really given myself much opportunity to enjoy the recently increased sunlight. I need to fix that and try and make time for myself to get out into the garden in a t-shirt or a dress and dig, weed, get cold and get some sun for a bit. Otherwise I’ll have to look at VitD supplementation which, outside the darkest hours of Winter, is a little sad for someone who actually has the time to get some sunning done.

Diet has been OK, but sugars through the roof. Not so much the granulated, palm or cane sugars, though they have features more often. More dates and prunes, things like Nakd bars. Which, however good for you, are very rich in fast release sugars. This has sent my water retention a bit weird, so I’ll monitor my intake of salts and water until I’m back to normal. Safe to say, I won’t be abusing fruit again, especially not dried fruit, in the near future. Sugar is sugar.

Back onto some more calories, though, now work levels and workout levels are increasing. Body fat is pretty good and I really need to get some gains in whilst we keep wondering about the whole baby-plan. May need to rewrite my yearly plan, if we’re not working towards a baby yet.

Fat.

As mentioned, I haven’t been too lazy. Kept fairly busy, doing lots of work and exercise, house kept quite well, other than hoovering, which feels like a futile effort this time of year.

The naughtiest thing I ate was an amazing bread and butter pudding which shall feature in next week’s WWW. Already had a Supreme Bread and Butter Pudding, so maybe this one can be a Regal Bread and Butter Pudding? Either way, wheat, piles of dairy, sugar and sickeningly sweet raw custard with it.

The tastiest thing I ate was actually not the pudding, though it may be hard to believe. I actually preferred a bowl of corned beef with cheese, though, again, the dairy will have to be cut back. It can’t be doing me any good to be pushing my limits like that.

Next week I’m sticking to my workouts, cooking up plenty of fish and beef alongside lentils, salads and eggs, as well as rebalancing my sugar intake and cutting back the dairy.

How did your week in fitness go? How do you cope when you need to cut back on tasty foods, like cheese?

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

FitFriday XXII, FatFriday IX. Warrior Diet.

Well, it turns out that my natural eating habits plus salads technique for losing fat and keeping mass is called a Warrior Diet. Who would have guessed?

Basically you eat low calorie, plant-based foods over the day, have a 4-6 hour eating window where you eat as much protein and fat rich foods as you like and then finish off with the carbs if you’re still craving them. So that’s pretty cool.

I also ate 1/4 of a family-sized cheesecake yesterday and am deeply regretting it. On the plus side… [TMI] what comes out undigested didn’t contribute calories, right? [/TMI] Ah, lactose intolerance, maybe you’re useful after all?

Other than that I’ve been very good and enjoyed eating loads of vegetables, berries and meats over the course of the week. Did some weighted walking, some shifts at the charity shop, some lifting sessions and some yoga. Generally feel awesome.

The naughtiest thing I ate all week was that cheesecake and I’m not sure it was worth it either. The tastiest thing I ate all week was a cocoa Nakd bar. They’re just plain delicious and having been on berry ones for a while, the chocolate hit was wonderful.

I haven’t been too lazy this week, so I’m feeling pretty good about my activity levels.

Next week I plan on keeping everything up, avoiding dairy like the plague, reading more about the Warrior diet and doing more yoga when bored.

How did your week in fitness and health go?