Y’all know that RancherMan & I drink coffee every day. Those lidded coffee containers are handy when they’re empty, but they pile up. What to do with them all?
Of course I’m offering them to schools/churches/nurseries for them to use on their bookshelves to hold crayons, legos & such. And I’ve shared many different ideas where I repurpose them here on the Homestead too.
But recently I was catching up on a chore and I remembered another helpful way I’m able to repurpose these handy empty lidded coffee cans. Check out this Homestead Hack.
We love garlic. And thankfully it’s easy to grow garlic in our NE Texas garden. It adds a healthy yet powerful flavor to our food. We especially love it with Tex-Mex flavored dishes.
I recently harvested the garlic from our garden. I’ll allow it to cure for several weeks and then I typically hang whole garlic heads in my pantry. That garlic will be ready and waiting to be used at a moment’s notice.
But I grow & harvest lots of garlic every year. There’s no way I can use it all fresh before it goes bad. So to preserve some of the garlic further I also like to keep a jar filled with peeled garlic cloves in my freezer.
But ugh, peeling that many cloves is going to be a long, sticky chore, right?
Come see how I can peel whole heads of garlic cloves in seconds.
I typically cut off the toe section & elastic top from the holey sock, then cut the sock along the back ankle/heel/foot to open it up flat. I then cut the resulting material into a square-ish shape. I’ll be using this material in different ways – Check it out.
I love a multi-purpose product, don’t you? Take oats for instance. It makes a hearty, hot & healthy breakfast option. I like to drizzle some Honey From Our Hives and maybe sprinkle a little fruit on top. Good & hearty!
But there are other things you can do with oats besides make oatmeal for breakfast.
I often grind oats into oat flour for use in my Honey/Oatmeal Sandwich Bread recipe. It’s a low-cost yet healthy substitute for the more expensive whole wheat portion of flour that I used to use. And it maintains that heartier whole-wheat feel to the bread too.
But there are still more uses for this cheap, healthy product. I often use it as a substitution for breadcrumbs!
I’ve always tried to make sure my family ate a well-balanced diet. Of course I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with eating some less-healthy foods… as long as it’s in moderation.
Fried foods, sweets, salty snacks – all were ok as long as they were enjoyed in proper moderation.
My goal was to get them to eat more of the healthy stuff, go lighter on the less healthy stuff and just enjoy actual junk foods on rare occasions. Luckily I found a sneaky way to tip the balance toward the healthy food. Here’s how I got my family to willingly eat more healthy veggies.