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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Cellphones, blogging and making milk

I got a friendly email from a lady asking me to make my pictures larger. Are they small? I wouldn't know as I run this blog off my iphone 4. For anyone who doesn't know anything about phones it means my phone is old and the apps that are in use do not work properly on it. In short I am limited to what I can do on my blog and in my posts. I use a smart phone and not a computer because it takes much less energy to operate a phone. A smart phone uses about 10 watts, a laptop about 60 and a desktop 150+. So for this post I have tried to enlarge the picture. Is it bigger on your screen? Is bigger better? I want to share with you how I make milk. You might find this handy for your own emergency the next time you run out. I measure 1 cup of oatmeal (quick or slow oats are both fine) and a pinch of sea salt into a glass jug. I then measure and pour in 5 cups of cold water. I put it in the fridge where it sits overnight and sometime during the next day I will pour off most of the water into a second jug. The remaining oats and water go into the blender which I turn on for a few seconds. I then put a jelly bag - in the past I used the foot of a panty hose that had only been used for that purpose over the first jug. I secure it with a rubber band. I then pour the milk back into the first jug. 'Milk' it for about 16 seconds and pour up a glass. There are times now when I will skip the straining part and just blend it in the blender really well. It makes for a richer milk - almost like creme and I will usually water it down with a cup of water. (Each time give it a quick stir before pouring - this is natural stuff and it behaves differently.) You may wonder why even bother going to the store at all - wait a minute you got to go get the oatmeal.

Sent from my iPhone

14 comments:

  1. Hi Ronda ... I just wanted you to know that I am able to left click on your photos and that makes them much larger and it works fine for me. I am not sure if that works for everyone. I also like your milk pitcher ... very cheery and pretty. Weekend Blessings ♥ Teri

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    1. Thank you Terri for such an excellent explanation. The jug was my late grandmother's and for that reason I love it.

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  2. That was me. And no, they're not any bigger. But now that you've told me the story, I'll just click on them.
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you Brenda for clarifying that the picture was not any bigger. It's all very helpful to me so that now I am aware of this.

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  3. Ronda, I have never thought about the size of your photos. I guess that means I could see them just fine! ;) Milk from oats, huh? Who knew!

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    1. The recipe I've given is something similar to skim milk. To make it creamier either add more oats or less water. You can play with the proportions as they are forgiving.

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  4. I can remember my grandmother doing something similar for the "milk". She used it for cooking and I don't remember ever drinking it.

    Your picture is the same size on this post as on your other ones. I come for the friendship...pictures are the plus. lol

    Off to bed here now- I am wiped out tonight- it is 10pm here and I feel like it 1am...lol Have a great night, Ronda.

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    1. Thanks for sharing. I'm sure oat milk has a very long history. It has a very mild taste and that is why I like it so much.

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  5. Good morning Ronda! Your photo is still small (compared to the large photos many blogs use) but it is just FINE. I love your idea of making "milk" with oats...plenty of goodness and on the cheap? Why NOT! I think that's great and the nutty taste along with a hint of natural sweetness would put a smile on my face anytime. LOVE what you do....

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  6. How interesting. I will store this away for future reference. I always have plenty of oatmeal on hand. xo Laura

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    1. You may find it interesting to google the nutritional health benefits of oat milk. Thank you for commenting.

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  7. I can see your pictures just fine, although thanks for sharing your reasoning behind using a phone as opposed to a computer. The little things that we take for granted, like electricity! I also like your idea of making oat milk. I have never made this, and will certainly be giving it a try! I currently buy coconut milk to drink, but this would be cheaper than that! Thanks for sharing your oat milk how-to :)

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  8. You may want to try substituting half of the oatmeal for unsweetened coconut.

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