Simple Kitchen

I live in a zoo.  I have three children, a husband that is in and out for his military job, and two dogs.  Does this count as maybe 5.5 children?  It sometimes feels like it.  Anyway, the point is that I don’t have time to scrub down melon ballers, and garlic mashers, and every other little cool kitchen tool.

I have simplified our kitchen for several reasons:

1.) Less to clean and store.

2.) Cheaper grocery bills

3.) Healthier bodies (who has time to get sick??)

I have two large cast iron skillets, 1 medium, and 1 small.  I also have a soup pot, a dutch oven, and 2 small pans.  To be honest, I did get a little anxious clearing out the unnecessary stuff, but I can tell you:  When you don’t have everything, you make it work with what you have.

For baking, I also have a cupcake pan, 2 cast iron cake pans, a 13×9 baking dish, and an angel food cake pan (that thing gets lots of love in this house!)

Do I really need a garlic masher?  We had one, but I could never use it. I had to have my husband squeeze it for it me, and what’s the point in that??  I have found that a knife works just fine, thank you very much.

In further simplifying our kitchen, I make our own bread, pita breads, rolls, biscuits, you name it.  It is much cheaper to buy a bag of flour than it is for that certain brand that tastes like Styrofoam and sticks to the roof of your mouth. You know what I’m talking about.

It also means that I am able to control what is going in to our bodies.  I know what goes into our food, and I know that means that healthier bodies for everyone.

Here is what is in your “typical” loaf of fancy store-bought wheat bread:  (Cost at our local store: $3.50)

WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR [FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, REDUCED IRON, NIACIN, THIAMIN MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), FOLIC ACID], WATER, SUGAR, CRACKED WHEAT, RYE, WHEAT GLUTEN, YEAST, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, GROUND CORN, NUTS (ALMONDS AND/OR WALNUTS), MOLASSES, SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, CULTURED DEXTROSE AND MALTODEXTRIN, WHOLE WHEAT, WHOLE WHITE WHEAT, BROWN RICE, OATS, SOYBEANS, TRITICALE, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, BARLEY, FLAXSEED, MILLET, CALCIUM SULFATE, DATEM, CITRIC ACID, GRAIN VINEGAR, SOY LECITHIN, HAZELNUTS, WHEY, NONFAT MILK.

Here’s what is in a “typical” loaf that I can make at home:  (Cost to make at home: about $0.55)

WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, YEAST, SALT, WATER.

Wooo! What a difference?  I guess I was out of triticale and mono diglycerides that day…

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