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earthytaurus3 79F
16296 posts
1/16/2019 1:53 am
What was your last personal, practical purchase?


Mine was just a week or so ago. I finally conceded that my old, hand-turned can opener had lost its grip and bitten the dust …. not to mention that my wrist was more and more pain-stressed every time I used it. The old model had become a struggle. *SIGH* ( All these signs of aging seem to be hitting me at once! )

A simple and cheap solution … enter, the modern world in the form of … DRUM ROLL … an ELECTRIC can opener! WOW!!

WHY has it taken me 78 years to discover this? LOL At this late date, I'm emerging from the dark ages!

What have you purchased recently that actually makes your life easier? Anything? Anything at all?


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 1:55 am

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earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 1:58 am

Hey, Carol Channing died today at 97 …. There's still time for me to catch up!


dakotasnake 68M
480 posts
1/16/2019 4:00 am

a 22- 250 for shooting coyotes


LeafReport 68M
1762 posts
1/16/2019 4:25 am

This is soooooo funny. Just this week...seriously, I came across an article that listed items that were a waste of money. I come across articles like this often and I always check it out and usually I find a few things that I too have consumed. Well, this latest article mentioned 1 thing that I was really surprised to see on the list. Now I do have this item in my house, but I never, ever, saw it as a waste of my money. Guess what it was? It was an 'electric can opener'...LOL Now trust me, I'm not here to burst your moment of joy. I'm here to celebrate the amusement in how horribly wrong that article was! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.


hermitinthecity 65M
1515 posts
1/16/2019 4:39 am

Gosh everything I buy makes my life easier or more pleasurable, right down to ice-cream.

Judgment Day will be interesting - and all paths lead there.


MrsJoe 72F
10910 posts
1/16/2019 5:50 am

I have had electric can openers that sit on the counter in the past, but always seemed to go back to the manual ones. My daughter bought me one with a large handle that helped ease the pain for a long time, but even that got to be difficult to use. Then I bought a handy little gadget that just sits on the top of the can. I push a button and it goes around, cutting the can under the edge of the top. I have to change the batteries occasionally, but I like it and will get another like it when this one dies.
I have a few little gadgets to make life easier, that actually do, like the telescoping handled Swiffer duster, and some that don't, like the rotating broom....... I forget what it is called.
But I can't recall what my latest purchase was, unless you want to count the new dishwasher.


If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.


bijou649 70F
529 posts
1/16/2019 6:37 am

Not very practical but I treated myself to a new Coco Chanel handbag and a bottle of Shalimar perfume. The only practical thing I bought lately was a frying pan. I've been using my old frying pan for years and was shocked to see that some frying pans cost around $40.00


LeafReport 68M
1762 posts
1/16/2019 6:52 am

Forgot to tell you...I bought a new personal shredder. I tried to fix the old one thinking it had to be jammed. I took it completely apart and it was hopeless.


Maisie2013 67F
19152 posts
1/16/2019 7:40 am

There are can openers you just put on top of the can, press the button and it automatically goes around the top of the can. Tornado and Zyliss are the brands I know about.


Maisie2013 67F
19152 posts
1/16/2019 7:47 am

    Quoting bijou649:
    Not very practical but I treated myself to a new Coco Chanel handbag and a bottle of Shalimar perfume. The only practical thing I bought lately was a frying pan. I've been using my old frying pan for years and was shocked to see that some frying pans cost around $40.00
Good cookware is not cheap. Buy hard anodized, if you buy non-stick. Ones that just say " non-stick" are just sprayed on Teflon coating, will chip, pit , and get into your food. Hard anodized will be clearly marked, and still is a coating, but it is part of the pan, baked into it. Although it says you can, dont put these in the dishwasher. Analon, Calphalon, are good , middle priced brands.
I know my cookware.


Archer62 78F
4400 posts
1/16/2019 8:00 am

FUNNY YOU SHOULD BUY AN ELECTRIC CAN OPENER. I HAVE HAD ONE SINCE I GOT MARRIED IN 1975! AND NOW IT IS HARD TO FIND A CAN THAT REQUIRES AN OPENER AT ALL, JUST ABOUT ALL OF OURS HAVE SELF-OPENING GISMOS.
I DID BUY A NEW MATTESSS IN NOVEMBER. THE OLD ONE WAS 20 YEARS OLD SO THE PURCHASE WAS DEFINITELY NECESSARY AND PRACTICAL.


RubiSleepinBuuty 64F
1311 posts
1/16/2019 8:33 am

Yesterday I bought a Bluetooth headset to listen to my "Smart" TV with. I consider it both a personal and practical purchase, since I no longer have to worry about disturbing my neighbor who goes to bed at 6 pm, jeesh, and I can hear everything plainly on the TV without having to strain, what a miracle of technology. I even figured out how to set it up and use it by myself. yay me.


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 9:08 am

You have that big a problem with coyotes where you live? Do you have livestock to protect?


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 9:10 am

    Quoting LeafReport:
    This is soooooo funny. Just this week...seriously, I came across an article that listed items that were a waste of money. I come across articles like this often and I always check it out and usually I find a few things that I too have consumed. Well, this latest article mentioned 1 thing that I was really surprised to see on the list. Now I do have this item in my house, but I never, ever, saw it as a waste of my money. Guess what it was? It was an 'electric can opener'...LOL Now trust me, I'm not here to burst your moment of joy. I'm here to celebrate the amusement in how horribly wrong that article was! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.
Tuck it away until you're 78; you'll think differently about it. LOL


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 9:13 am

    Quoting hermitinthecity:
    Gosh everything I buy makes my life easier or more pleasurable, right down to ice-cream.
Hummmmmmmmmm. Do you have love handles, Hank?


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 9:22 am

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    I have had electric can openers that sit on the counter in the past, but always seemed to go back to the manual ones. My daughter bought me one with a large handle that helped ease the pain for a long time, but even that got to be difficult to use. Then I bought a handy little gadget that just sits on the top of the can. I push a button and it goes around, cutting the can under the edge of the top. I have to change the batteries occasionally, but I like it and will get another like it when this one dies.
    I have a few little gadgets to make life easier, that actually do, like the telescoping handled Swiffer duster, and some that don't, like the rotating broom....... I forget what it is called.
    But I can't recall what my latest purchase was, unless you want to count the new dishwasher.
When I decided to go 'high tech,' I bought one of those battery operated gadgets that sits on top of the can and like magic, it supposedly does the job. I could not get the dang thing to work so I packaged it back up, took it back to Walmart and replaced it with a free standing opener. This one works!


MrsJoe 72F
10910 posts
1/16/2019 9:30 am

    Quoting Maisie2013:
    Good cookware is not cheap. Buy hard anodized, if you buy non-stick. Ones that just say " non-stick" are just sprayed on Teflon coating, will chip, pit , and get into your food. Hard anodized will be clearly marked, and still is a coating, but it is part of the pan, baked into it. Although it says you can, dont put these in the dishwasher. Analon, Calphalon, are good , middle priced brands.
    I know my cookware.
That's good information to know. Personally, I have really liked my T-Fal cookware and have been thinking about replacing it because the nonstick part is starting to look a bit scratched........ after about 20 years. There are so many advertisements for all kinds of copper or diamond surfaces that it gets confusing. Add to the mix is the weight and the ease for old hands to use the handles.

If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 9:51 am

    Quoting bijou649:
    Not very practical but I treated myself to a new Coco Chanel handbag and a bottle of Shalimar perfume. The only practical thing I bought lately was a frying pan. I've been using my old frying pan for years and was shocked to see that some frying pans cost around $40.00
Spoiled brat! LOL

Speaking of pots & pans …. I still have 2 of the heavy duty stainless pots left of the set that I purchased from a door-to-door salesman when I was a sr in high school!
LOL Those were the days when stainless cookware would literally last a life time. They went into my Hope Chest! LOL Remember those? What were we thinking???

I just purchased a new hard-anodized fry pan and stockpot. The two pieces were seventy some odd dollars. You're right. Decent cookware is not cheap.


earthytaurus3 replies on 1/16/2019 9:58 am:
Those two items were ON SALE for that money!

MrsJoe 72F
10910 posts
1/16/2019 10:07 am

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    When I decided to go 'high tech,' I bought one of those battery operated gadgets that sits on top of the can and like magic, it supposedly does the job. I could not get the dang thing to work so I packaged it back up, took it back to Walmart and replaced it with a free standing opener. This one works!
I bought this one for $5 at Lowe's over a year ago. I just happened to be walking by the display and they were on sale. Occasionally I have a problem with the magnet connecting with the lid of a large can, so I just slide a knife between it and the lid and it works fine.
I had problems in the past with regular electric ones when I had to hold the can up for it to open.
I agree with Archer about the cans with pull tabs. Love it. But large cans don't have that option.


If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.


bob77O21__ 76M
8308 posts
1/16/2019 10:53 am

    Quoting Maisie2013:
    Good cookware is not cheap. Buy hard anodized, if you buy non-stick. Ones that just say " non-stick" are just sprayed on Teflon coating, will chip, pit , and get into your food. Hard anodized will be clearly marked, and still is a coating, but it is part of the pan, baked into it. Although it says you can, dont put these in the dishwasher. Analon, Calphalon, are good , middle priced brands.
    I know my cookware.
I've had excellent results with Circulon products.


boogie7102 74F
539 posts
1/16/2019 1:32 pm

I still use my stainless steel pots and the cast skillets that belonged to my grandmother. My grandson also loves to cook with them !


sparkleflit 71F
4733 posts
1/16/2019 1:38 pm

I'm curious about why people buy so much canned food that they need an electric opener........I can't think of anything I'd rather eat canned than fresh or frozen........I still have all my Corning ware and stainless pots that I received for wedding presents in 1972........I have added a few smaller pieces more fitting for a single person. I use cast iron frying pans that I have seasoned.......

My latest practical purchase.........I'm looking for a couple of items that I will purchase when I find what I want........A new sound-system and a digital art-projector.....My art projector weighs about 40lb and is huge.........the digital ones are about the size of a small camera and can do so much more....It has USB ports and can be hooked up to my camera, phone, lap-top etc...I haven't quite been able to justify the price to myself yet......


MrsJoe 72F
10910 posts
1/16/2019 3:05 pm

    Quoting sparkleflit:
    I'm curious about why people buy so much canned food that they need an electric opener........I can't think of anything I'd rather eat canned than fresh or frozen........I still have all my Corning ware and stainless pots that I received for wedding presents in 1972........I have added a few smaller pieces more fitting for a single person. I use cast iron frying pans that I have seasoned.......

    My latest practical purchase.........I'm looking for a couple of items that I will purchase when I find what I want........A new sound-system and a digital art-projector.....My art projector weighs about 40lb and is huge.........the digital ones are about the size of a small camera and can do so much more....It has USB ports and can be hooked up to my camera, phone, lap-top etc...I haven't quite been able to justify the price to myself yet......
We do use more fresh and frozen veggies, but I do not like fresh or frozen green beans or peas, so canned it is. Also, chili beans and tomato products and black olives are in cans in my pantry, plus canned fruits.

If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.


Shartaun03 76F
3113 posts
1/16/2019 3:59 pm

Earthy funny you should mention can openers. I Have one that you attach to the lid of can by squeezing both handles to click it in place. It is getting harder to use as I don't have the strength in my hands anymore and more so now since I fell 4 months ago. I have been told with the electric ones they leave a sharp edge on the can and you have to be careful you don't cut yourself. I might look into the battery operated one. Opening jars has also become a problem. I have to put the top of the jar in hot water to break the seal and then use one of those jar openers. Does anyone have an answer to that problem?
I use mainly fresh or frozen vegetables but I do use tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, different kinds of beans and canned tuna and salmon. My recycling container always seems to have lots of bottles and cans. One cannot get away from it entirely.


Skariff2 66M
2854 posts
1/16/2019 4:47 pm

I went to the store and bought some cans I can open with my can opener.

Prejudice cannot be conquered with logic, logic didn't instill it and logic cannot eradicate it.


lilium5 69F
2169 posts
1/16/2019 5:02 pm

A humble tongue cleaner/scraper (replacement) - surprisingly, not an easy find in local stores so very pleased on eventually coming across one :- )


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:11 pm

    Quoting Skariff2:
    I went to the store and bought some cans I can open with my can opener.
ROFLMBO!!!


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:17 pm

    Quoting LeafReport:
    Forgot to tell you...I bought a new personal shredder. I tried to fix the old one thinking it had to be jammed. I took it completely apart and it was hopeless.
Oh, yeah …. everyone needs one of those. Everyone 'cept maybe Sparkle. I've had the same one for years. It sure beats pinking shears. LOL


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:18 pm

    Quoting  :

You men! You're all so damned practical! LOL


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:21 pm

    Quoting Archer62:
    FUNNY YOU SHOULD BUY AN ELECTRIC CAN OPENER. I HAVE HAD ONE SINCE I GOT MARRIED IN 1975! AND NOW IT IS HARD TO FIND A CAN THAT REQUIRES AN OPENER AT ALL, JUST ABOUT ALL OF OURS HAVE SELF-OPENING GISMOS.
    I DID BUY A NEW MATTESSS IN NOVEMBER. THE OLD ONE WAS 20 YEARS OLD SO THE PURCHASE WAS DEFINITELY NECESSARY AND PRACTICAL.
This can opener came with a little gadget that hooks on to the pull tab, and Wallah!! It saves on the fingernails. LOL


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:22 pm

    Quoting Maisie2013:
    There are can openers you just put on top of the can, press the button and it automatically goes around the top of the can. Tornado and Zyliss are the brands I know about.
See my response to MrsJoe. Ditto here.


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:24 pm

    Quoting RubiSleepinBuuty:
    Yesterday I bought a Bluetooth headset to listen to my "Smart" TV with. I consider it both a personal and practical purchase, since I no longer have to worry about disturbing my neighbor who goes to bed at 6 pm, jeesh, and I can hear everything plainly on the TV without having to strain, what a miracle of technology. I even figured out how to set it up and use it by myself. yay me.
We're not even speaking the same language, Gal! I don't even go near anything that's smarter than I am. LOL


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:30 pm

    Quoting boogie7102:
    I still use my stainless steel pots and the cast skillets that belonged to my grandmother. My grandson also loves to cook with them !
Me, tooooooooooo!


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:38 pm

    Quoting sparkleflit:
    I'm curious about why people buy so much canned food that they need an electric opener........I can't think of anything I'd rather eat canned than fresh or frozen........I still have all my Corning ware and stainless pots that I received for wedding presents in 1972........I have added a few smaller pieces more fitting for a single person. I use cast iron frying pans that I have seasoned.......

    My latest practical purchase.........I'm looking for a couple of items that I will purchase when I find what I want........A new sound-system and a digital art-projector.....My art projector weighs about 40lb and is huge.........the digital ones are about the size of a small camera and can do so much more....It has USB ports and can be hooked up to my camera, phone, lap-top etc...I haven't quite been able to justify the price to myself yet......
Why would you assume people 'buy so much canned food that they need an electric opener'. I explained that in my blog. I needed one to make my life easier.

Now, let's see here …. I just checked my recycling bin to see what I've used my new can opener on since my purchase: black olives, garbanzo beans, tomato paste one large can of whole tomatoes. That's it. Do you disapprove?


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:48 pm

    Quoting Shartaun03:
    Earthy funny you should mention can openers. I Have one that you attach to the lid of can by squeezing both handles to click it in place. It is getting harder to use as I don't have the strength in my hands anymore and more so now since I fell 4 months ago. I have been told with the electric ones they leave a sharp edge on the can and you have to be careful you don't cut yourself. I might look into the battery operated one. Opening jars has also become a problem. I have to put the top of the jar in hot water to break the seal and then use one of those jar openers. Does anyone have an answer to that problem?
    I use mainly fresh or frozen vegetables but I do use tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, different kinds of beans and canned tuna and salmon. My recycling container always seems to have lots of bottles and cans. One cannot get away from it entirely.
I struggle with opening jars, too, and I use the same method you do. I do have a round gripper pad that helps …. once I run the jar under hot water, of course. Sometimes I tap the lid with a butter knife, too. Do YOU do that?

It's impossible for me to get away from canned product entirely. I hear you.


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:51 pm

    Quoting lilium5:
    A humble tongue cleaner/scraper (replacement) - surprisingly, not an easy find in local stores so very pleased on eventually coming across one :- )


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/16/2019 7:55 pm

    Quoting Skariff2:
    I went to the store and bought some cans I can open with my can opener.
ROFLMBO!!!

I did say practical, Skariff. LOL


Daylilyin9O5 77F
113 posts
1/17/2019 8:50 am

I treated myself to an Infusion Burner and I love, love, love it


Seattlechick8 62F
899 posts
1/17/2019 9:15 am

I Use Can Openers So Rare
Even Tomato Sauce It’s Jars
I Hate Any Food In Cans


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/17/2019 10:57 am

    Quoting  :

What? Do you ever see me talking politics? ME?


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/17/2019 11:10 am

    Quoting Daylilyin9O5:
    I treated myself to an Infusion Burner and I love, love, love it
One of those isn't on my radar, either. I still just use my old fashioned oven …. or once in awhile, my crockpot. Lots of folks here have gone to air fryers. I have no more room for additional small kitchen appliances unless I throw out all of my linens and convert that closet to a storage unit. Not likely to happen. LOL


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/17/2019 11:11 am

    Quoting Seattlechick8:
    I Use Can Openers So Rare
    Even Tomato Sauce It’s Jars
    I Hate Any Food In Cans
OK … you're dismissed. NEXT? LOL


sparkleflit 71F
4733 posts
1/17/2019 12:57 pm

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    Why would you assume people 'buy so much canned food that they need an electric opener'. I explained that in my blog. I needed one to make my life easier.

    Now, let's see here …. I just checked my recycling bin to see what I've used my new can opener on since my purchase: black olives, garbanzo beans, tomato paste one large can of whole tomatoes. That's it. Do you disapprove?

Why so defensive? I open a couple of cans a week with my manual can-opener and it has never been a problem.....I wasn't asking you what you ate, I just couldn't imagine that opening a can was difficult, so I thought it must be a lot of cans.........LOL..


bijou649 70F
529 posts
1/17/2019 1:24 pm

Earthy I just thought of a practical item I did buy. All my life I have been peeling carrots and potatoes with a knife. For the first time ever I decided to buy a potato peeler. It only cost $2.00 and I'm amazed at how easy it is now to peel vegetables. I don't know why I never had one before this, but my mother used a knife to peel vegetables so I just learned to do it that way. Great blog Earthy. Look how many views you got compared to other blogs.


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/17/2019 3:26 pm

    Quoting sparkleflit:
    Why so defensive? I open a couple of cans a week with my manual can-opener and it has never been a problem.....I wasn't asking you what you ate, I just couldn't imagine that opening a can was difficult, so I thought it must be a lot of cans.........LOL..
Maybe it's because you always approach with a negative. You insinuated that to have an electric can opener must mean that all people eat are canned foods which is far removed from the truth. I don't have an olive tree in the back yard, do you? (Not to mention I live in freezing temps a good share of a year.} I don't grow garbanzo beans, do you? Nor do I make tomato paste from scratch. What they call 'fresh tomatoes' on the shelves in the winter months in this climate are completely tasteless. Soooooooooooo …. I DO indeed resort to canned products when I must, considering them at least as safe as the rations our soldiers survive on in times of need. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies ship well, and I definitely indulge and prefer.

Whatever.


joannita 65F
1270 posts
1/17/2019 3:37 pm

A stand for my Ipad.
Now I place it anywhere on the table or desk and have the iPad at eye level. Has been amazing for my bad neck.
And I also got a long cardigan robe to wear on top of pajamas to lounga around, it is heaven lol


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/17/2019 3:37 pm

    Quoting bijou649:
    Earthy I just thought of a practical item I did buy. All my life I have been peeling carrots and potatoes with a knife. For the first time ever I decided to buy a potato peeler. It only cost $2.00 and I'm amazed at how easy it is now to peel vegetables. I don't know why I never had one before this, but my mother used a knife to peel vegetables so I just learned to do it that way. Great blog Earthy. Look how many views you got compared to other blogs.
That's so funny, Bijou! I've had a potato peeler for ages … as far back as I can remember …. but lately, guess what? These days I peel with a paring knife. LOL I buy red potatoes a lot and they have so many sunken eyes in them that it's just easier to use a knife.

You bring back a memory. I was born in 1940 so I began my childhood in post depression years. I can remember having to peel potatoes and my dad making sure I peeled them real thin so as not to 'waste' … or my mother would even boil them in the skins for the same reason. There were many such ways people had to conserve. My mother would use the boiled potato water to make gravy. LOL She never wasted it.

Yes! It's amazing that a simple blog such as this brings this many hits …. something so totally innocuous. I think people are tired of arguing politics.


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/17/2019 3:43 pm

    Quoting joannita:
    A stand for my Ipad.
    Now I place it anywhere on the table or desk and have the iPad at eye level. Has been amazing for my bad neck.
    And I also got a long cardigan robe to wear on top of pajamas to lounga around, it is heaven lol
Sounds to me like you're as snug as a bug in a rug there, Girlie! LOL


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/17/2019 3:48 pm

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    I bought this one for $5 at Lowe's over a year ago. I just happened to be walking by the display and they were on sale. Occasionally I have a problem with the magnet connecting with the lid of a large can, so I just slide a knife between it and the lid and it works fine.
    I had problems in the past with regular electric ones when I had to hold the can up for it to open.
    I agree with Archer about the cans with pull tabs. Love it. But large cans don't have that option.
Leaf mentioned buying a paper shredder …. funny …. Lowes is where I got mine at least ten years, ago and, as I recall, it didn't even cost of twenty bucks. Sometimes those 'gadgets' just come to meet us, huh? And manage to stay with us!


Shartaun03 76F
3113 posts
1/18/2019 12:58 am

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    I struggle with opening jars, too, and I use the same method you do. I do have a round gripper pad that helps …. once I run the jar under hot water, of course. Sometimes I tap the lid with a butter knife, too. Do YOU do that?

    It's impossible for me to get away from canned product entirely. I hear you.

Jars are the worst. Sometimes I put the jar in the fridge if it is pickles or jam. Big mistake as that seems to make them even harder to open. I do everything with the jar to get opened. I stick it in hot water and then plop the top of the jar on a towel on the counter to wake it up. I use a knife to tap the lid. My sister uses one of those pointed gizmos that you use to punch a hole in a can and she goes around the jar with the pointed end on the lid and pries at the lid. It releases the seal when you do that.


Shartaun03 76F
3113 posts
1/18/2019 1:08 am

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    That's so funny, Bijou! I've had a potato peeler for ages … as far back as I can remember …. but lately, guess what? These days I peel with a paring knife. LOL I buy red potatoes a lot and they have so many sunken eyes in them that it's just easier to use a knife.

    You bring back a memory. I was born in 1940 so I began my childhood in post depression years. I can remember having to peel potatoes and my dad making sure I peeled them real thin so as not to 'waste' … or my mother would even boil them in the skins for the same reason. There were many such ways people had to conserve. My mother would use the boiled potato water to make gravy. LOL She never wasted it.

    Yes! It's amazing that a simple blog such as this brings this many hits …. something so totally innocuous. I think people are tired of arguing politics.

When I was growing up my mother quite often boiled the potatoes in their skins. All of the nutrients are in the water so it wasn't thrown out bu mom used it for making pancake syrup. Peeled potatoes when cooked the water was used to make gravy. Potatoes that were cooked in their skins mom would slice them and fry them in butter. She would also stretch it further and add cubed bread that was soaked in milk and add to potatoes and also a couple of eggs added to the mix. I haven't eaten that in years. This was served quite often when someone would drop in unexpectedly and she would have to stretch the food.


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/18/2019 7:59 am

    Quoting Shartaun03:
    When I was growing up my mother quite often boiled the potatoes in their skins. All of the nutrients are in the water so it wasn't thrown out bu mom used it for making pancake syrup. Peeled potatoes when cooked the water was used to make gravy. Potatoes that were cooked in their skins mom would slice them and fry them in butter. She would also stretch it further and add cubed bread that was soaked in milk and add to potatoes and also a couple of eggs added to the mix. I haven't eaten that in years. This was served quite often when someone would drop in unexpectedly and she would have to stretch the food.
We're close in age, Shar, so we can relate that 'those were the days'. We ate a lot of potatoes then. We had potatoes in one form or another every single day of the week. LOL Potato soup and homemade bread was a standard in our house.

On Sundays, though not on ALL Sundays, we'd have either roast beef or roast chicken. Neither the chicken bones nor the beef bones went unused another time over. They were always a boiled soup starter broth. My mother made the best homemade egg noodles in the whole wide world and she'd add them to soup stock liberally.

Then again, there were times we'd have nothing more than homemade bread with milk gravy on top … which to this day, I still love! I think food tasted better to me then than it does now. LOL Maybe it's because I knew hunger. Ya think?


Shartaun03 76F
3113 posts
1/18/2019 1:53 pm

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    We're close in age, Shar, so we can relate that 'those were the days'. We ate a lot of potatoes then. We had potatoes in one form or another every single day of the week. LOL Potato soup and homemade bread was a standard in our house.

    On Sundays, though not on ALL Sundays, we'd have either roast beef or roast chicken. Neither the chicken bones nor the beef bones went unused another time over. They were always a boiled soup starter broth. My mother made the best homemade egg noodles in the whole wide world and she'd add them to soup stock liberally.

    Then again, there were times we'd have nothing more than homemade bread with milk gravy on top … which to this day, I still love! I think food tasted better to me then than it does now. LOL Maybe it's because I knew hunger. Ya think?

Yes Earthy we are around the same age. Sounds like your mother cooked like mine. Homemade noodles were made often in my house. Another noodle like dough she made was pot pie of which the noodle dough was cut into squares and then dropped into chicken broth of which she had added carrot, onion and sometimes potato to it prior to adding the pot pie squares. I have never in all my cooking days attempted to make noodles. Plus we raised free range chickens so the flavor of the chicken was 100% better than what you get today. The egg yolks were almost orange and no comparison to eggs today.


sparkleflit 71F
4733 posts
1/18/2019 2:29 pm

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    Maybe it's because you always approach with a negative. You insinuated that to have an electric can opener must mean that all people eat are canned foods which is far removed from the truth. I don't have an olive tree in the back yard, do you? (Not to mention I live in freezing temps a good share of a year.} I don't grow garbanzo beans, do you? Nor do I make tomato paste from scratch. What they call 'fresh tomatoes' on the shelves in the winter months in this climate are completely tasteless. Soooooooooooo …. I DO indeed resort to canned products when I must, considering them at least as safe as the rations our soldiers survive on in times of need. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies ship well, and I definitely indulge and prefer.

    Whatever.


bob77O21__ 76M
8308 posts
1/19/2019 10:39 pm

Your dismissive response only confirms what a nasty person you are.


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/20/2019 11:08 am

    Quoting bob77O21__:
    Your dismissive response only confirms what a nasty person you are.
Do you EVER see fit to respond to blog content and depart from your attack of folks who comment?


earthytaurus3 replies on 1/20/2019 3:42 pm:
EVER??

earthytaurus3 replies on 1/20/2019 3:43 pm:
EVER, EVER???

bob77O21__ 76M
8308 posts
1/21/2019 6:35 am

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    Do you EVER see fit to respond to blog content and depart from your attack of folks who comment?
Do you mean like YOU do?

"Representative of a typical Trump supporter …….."


earthytaurus3 79F
39791 posts
1/21/2019 9:31 am

    Quoting bob77O21__:
    Do you mean like YOU do?

    "Representative of a typical Trump supporter …….."


That was directed to the blogger … NOT a commenter …. none of whom are attracted to his garbage.