Things I’ve Been Meaning To Learn

I spend a lot of time looking at plants and wondering if I can eat them.

I spend a lot of time looking at plants and wondering if I can eat them.

Several months ago I wrote about Jiffy brand baking mixes after discovering that the Jiffy company seems to go out of their way to be Good Guys both to their customers and to their employees. I’d never used Jiffy brand anything, but I recognized the packaging and vowed to give their products a try the next time that I needed a baking mix for something. So a few weeks ago I decided that I absolutely had to have cornbread for a dinner I was preparing. I was out of cornmeal (usually I just make it from scratch- we have a family favorite recipe) and as I was walking through the baking aisle I happened across the Jiffy corn muffin mix before I found the plain cornmeal. The price was right- 50 cents is right in my price range- so I bought several boxes and brought them home to give them a try.

I might be a convert.

To my husband’s dismay (he likes the from-scratch recipe) I discovered that I could make a batch of corn muffins in record time and they tasted great! Even though cornbread and biscuits are ridiculously simple recipes I don’t make them very often because it requires getting out the cookbook and doing a lot of measuring. By dinner time I have about six brain cells left to dedicate to cooking so it seems like a lot of effort, but the Jiffy mixes are just too easy- AND I get to support a company whose philosophy I can get behind.

Ironically, learning just how easy it is to make corn muffins using a Jiffy mix has gotten me thinking about all the things I’d love to learn how to make from scratch. Cheese, for instance- my husband made homemade ricotta cheese last month and apparently it is ridiculously easy to do. Likewise with homemade yogurt- I have heard it is unbelievably simple to make yet I keep buying it at the store because I’ve never made it at home. I’m keen to try sprouting an avocado pit to see if I can grow myself an avocado tree even though I don’t care for avocados (it takes about seven years before they are strong enough to fruit anyway). And ever since I tried making homemade laundry detergent I’ve been interested in other home chemistry projects: perhaps homemade dish soap next?

Anyway it seems like I have been bitten by the DIY bug, so I will be sure to report back about my discoveries.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on June 14, 2013.

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