What happens when I find organic milk on clearance …

I spend all day in the kitchen! Actually, most of last night, too.

Yesterday, I went out to do my grocery shopping and I had less grocery money than usual for this next 2 1/2 week period (partly due to mismanagement on my part- our budget system has changed slightly, and it has thrown off my regular routine a bit, but I wasn’t being careful enough in the beginning of the month). Needless to say, I felt a bit worried about making do with less than usual, for a longer time period than usual.

On the way to the first store, my daughter and I prayed that God would bless our shopping efforts and help us to find what we needed to buy within our budget. Sure enough, at the first store, I found a great deal. Two 2L jugs of organic milk, about to expire the next day. Perfect for making yogurt, and the exact amount that I had hoped to buy. I asked a staff member and received it for 50% off, a great deal (remember, it never hurts to ask for a deal)!

Nothing out of the ordinary at our 2nd store, but at our 3rd and final store, I hit the jackpot. In the natural foods aisle, there is a spot where they put marked down items in the dairy case. And what was marked down? Milk! A whole lot of organic milk! And not just half price, no, it was much, much better than that. I had paid $2.90 for my 50% off milk at the 1st store. Here, the milk was marked down to .44 cents. I kid you not. And there were six 2L jugs! Let me tell you, I wanted them all, but knew it was impractical. I took 4 of them, bringing me to a total of 3 gallons of milk, all about to expire in the next day.

As an added bonus, I found a large organic french vanilla yogurt for .44 cents (a perfect evening snack), and a plain organic yogurt for .94 cents (perfect for yogurt starter). And, then I found 6 lbs of organic apples in the produce section for $1.74. Let me tell you, I was a happy little camper.

And so, the marathon began last night. I’m talking oodles of homemade yogurt, a large dish of baked oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, 2 loaves of bread, a batch of apple cinnamon muffins, a double batch of pancakes (we had some for lunch and are freezing the rest), blueberry syrup (for all the pancakes) for the freezer, Spud Special Soup (my favorite creamy potato soup) for the freezer, custard or pudding (looking for a recipe after I post this), and dried apples in the dehydrator. Whew… I will be so thankful when it’s finished.

But how thankful I am that God cares about even the little requests, for a blessing on a grocery shopping trip. Isn’t He good?

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Milk also freezes well as is if you have room in your freezer. I just pour out 1 cup or so to make room for freezer expansion and then stick it in the freezer. When we’re 2 days away from needing it I take it out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator. By the time we need it it is defrosted. It will look awful frozen. But once it’s defrosted just give it a good shake and it’ll be fine!

  2. fullheart, I’ll post the recipe on Saturday. You’ll love it!

    Momoften, I’ve heard before that you can freeze milk, I just thought that it ruined the texture and made it only good for cooking. I’ll have to try it now! Thanks!

  3. I liked this post. I especially liked that it reminded me to pray about all things even trips to the grocery store. We’re trying to tighten our belts around here and I needed the reminder that we don’t have to do it without God’s help.

    Have you posted your potato soup recipe before? If not, would you mind especially if it freezes well?

  4. Sure, Danielle. I actually wrote a post, with some photos, of how to make homemade yogurt. Here’s the url:
    http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2007/11/making-homemade.html

  5. Hi, just found your journal and I love it! I was wondering if you could tell me how you make your yogurt. Thanks

    Danielle

  6. I found your blog recently and am enjoying it. I saw in a previous post that you use raw milk. I stay in West Vancouver and was wondering where you buy your raw milk. I have been wanting to switch to raw milk for some time now.

    Regards,
    Natalie.