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What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

As one who has lived in an inner city all my life, I have often wished I'd had the opportunity to live in a small farm where I could grow my own veggies, store them for winter, make my own soap, and be (almost) totally self reliant.

Jan 14, 2013
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What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

My mom had one thing that I don't have and I bet each and every one of you also do not have:

lard

Remember when just about everything was cooked in lard? The food sure tasted better but oh those calories!

Jan 12, 2013
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What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

My mother was Puerto Rican and was renowned for her excellent cooking. She always had a pilón (mortar and pestle) in the kitchen to crush and blend spices. These added an immense of flavor to her dishes.

This is what it looks like:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2722/4...

She also had a potato ricer:

http://www.kitcheninspire.com/media/c...

Seems to me that people do not use ricers anymore but it sure was very useful.

Jan 12, 2013
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What discontinued products do you miss?

Pilot Crackers:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3447/32...

The loss of these great crackers is a crime against humanity.

Jan 12, 2013
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How Often Do You Eat Fast Food?

NEVER, or hardly ever.

To me, there's nothing like home cooked meals. But last summer when pressed for time, I went to Jimmy John's for a sandwich. It was quite tasty but a tad overpriced.

Jan 12, 2013
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How often can I re-use vegetable oil?

EXCELLENT discussion. Thanks for the excellent notes each of you have posted. I am certain that many people will save a good deal of money, while maintaining a healthy diet, by using your suggestions.

Jan 12, 2013
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