I think we are all trying to use what we have and we all try to figure out how to repair things, and make something out of nothing!
I hate to throw things away - I try my hardest to figure out a use for them.
I don't know if you have ever tried Bragg's Liquid Aminos. It is basically a natural soy sauce. Same flavor, same salty taste - no added salt at all. It is full of minerals and is actually good for you. We started using years ago in place of regular soy sauce (Glen was on a lower salt diet then).
Before Glen passed we bought a gallon jug of it to refill our smaller bottle with. The large bottle is just kept in a cool place but is not refrigerated.
I think we paid about $25 for the gallon - now it runs about $35/gallon. I refill my smaller bottle from it. I checked my 16 oz. bottle and it had a 4.99 price tag (it is an older bottle). That would be close to $40 if you bought a gallons worth.
I made Panko crumbs last week. What did I use? Well, I had a package of sourdough crackers that I had purchased on clearance at Big Lots a long while back. It cost me .25!!! As crackers - yuck. Dry and pretty flavorless.
I put them in the Ninja and broke them down to Panko size - and I mixed in a partial container of Panko. I will add seasoning when I use. Waste nothing!!!!
My neighbor gave me a 20 oz. bottle of no sugar Gatorade last week. I hadn't had any in years. It was tasty. I think he said 8 bottles cost him around $6. I found packets you mix with a 20 oz. water for 2.99 for a 10 pack. So much cheaper and less waste and trash.
Even better - I got my recipe out - to make my own.
1 pack of unsweetened Kool-Aid (any flavor)
1/2 C sugar or sweetener
1/2 tsp, salt
1/2 C orange juice (you can use lemon juice or lime - whatever you have)
Mix and chill.
That sure is a lot cheaper than buying bottles at the store! You know what is in it as well.
I fixed my flip flops last week. They are a solid formed flip-flop. They are sturdy made and very comfortable. The strap finally broke through (after maybe 3 or 4 yrs.). I am not ready to throw them out, so I repaired!!
They aren't sold very many places here - (Menard's is where I always find them) and I haven't been to the places that sell them in ages.
I have decided since we are back to state wide mandatory face masks AGAIN - I need to make a few. I am going to use some vintage looking hankies I have here. I have nice material for lining. I will show you once I get them done. Why not make them pretty and use something I have on hand right here.
So there you have my weekly list of making do and using what I have on hand.
Have you done anything to 'use it up or make it do' lately???
We all are looking for all the ideas we can get any more!
Give us what you got!