Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Pioneer spirit of Frugality

When I first became interested in cooking and baking, I poured over Gourmet magazines, watched the Food Network when we visited relatives, and enjoyed researching recipes online (I especially loved experimenting with different cuisines!) As my interest grew, so did the ingredient list and specialty foods it seemed!!
Although I was still able to do special dinners, my Mother taught me the importance of healthy, nutritious meals that were made from *Simple* ingredients, still delicious but much more budget-friendly! A scripture comes to mind:
"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."

Philippians 4:11-12

Although not quite in context, I'm sure the principle of "being content no matter what the circumstances" can still apply in the kitchen. Over the years, I've had to learn how to prepare simple meals using basic ingredients, and instead of just studying herbs etc, I incorporate fresh herbs in everyday cooking or herbal teas. I'm always inspired when I read of the Mothers' of the previous centuries who had to get creative with only a few ingredients and still managed to have variety on the table.

I want to share with you my list of Substitutes. I keep this posted to my kitchen cabinet door.

Egg Substitutes

1/4 cup applesauce or 1 whole banana= 1 egg (for sweet baking)

2 TBsp water+1 TBsp oil+2 tsp baking powder= 1 egg

1 TBsp ground/milled flax seed simmered in 3 TBsp water= 1 egg

2 TBsp water+ 2 tsp baking powder= 1 egg

1/4 cup tofu= 1 egg

2 TBsp cornstarch= 1 egg


Milk Substitutes

1 cup milk+1 TBsp vinegar or lemon juice= 1 Cup buttermilk

3/4 cup milk+ 3 TBsp butter= 1 Cup light cream (in baking)

2/3 cup dry milk + 1 cup water= Homemade evaporated milk

1 cup milk+1 TBsp melted butter= Half & Half


This list has been extremely helpful over the years, hope you enjoy!


Amy said...

As always, your post has been a great inspiration. With the state of things today, we all need to take care to learn to enjoy frugality NOW, for we never know when we will need it to survive.

Miss Rachel said...

Perfect! A substitution chart! I have a limited one in my head, but never have had so many substitutes for eggs! :) Isn't baking for your family such good training? -Rachel

Mia said...

Dear Amy,
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post :) You're right, it is important for the future!
Miss Rachel,
Yes, it is indeed great training!! Thanks for commenting :)


Kate said...

Excellent post, Mia! I run the gamut of simple and basic but yummy to fancy and gourmet. I love the challenge of just using what I have. I love being able to run out to my garden or herb garden to gather what I need.

One of my favorite cookbooks to look through is a vintage one from World War 2 called 500 Wartime Recipes.

Thanks again!

sarah said...

Thanks so much for the substitutes Mia!

Goose Hill Farm said...

Hello, Mia~

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I have been reading your blog for some time now, but have only managed to leave a comment or two. I will try and be more diligent in letting you know I have been here.

My DH and I, enjoy living the simple life here in VA on 4 1/2 acres. Our families think we are a little "crazy" but that's ok. Being self sufficient on our little "homestead" is what we are striving for. We love the Lord deeply and know that with His help, He will provide for our needs and our dreams will one day come to fruition.

Thank you for posting your list of substitutions. I love the fact that I have everything on your list! :> )

You and your family give so much encouragement are an inspiration to so many, and your love for the Lord shines through in all you do!

Bless, you sweet Mia~

Sophia said...

We use the water/oil/baking powder one too for our food allergic family members!

Sami said...

I know you can also use 2TBS of mayo for an Egg Substitute! Moma taught me that!

See ya on sat(i hope!)

PS. Bb and them are here!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mia for sharing this. I also have learned how to cook "simple" meals with just a few ingredients.

The journey was a bit hard, but I have managed to learn quite a bit from it and enjoy the process.

I also dry my own herbs and use them in my cooking constantly.

Thank you again Mia for sharing...


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I've learned the same concept. Now, I think it is fun to figure out how to make something from scratch, just so I don't have to buy it. Thanks for sharing your milk and egg substitutes. This may come in handy!

Hannah said...

Your list of substitutes kinda reminds me of our 'unofficial' list... A couple people in our family have dietary restrictions and it's sometimes interesting finding recipes that everyone can eat. For a fruit cake (not your regular fruit cake, it's an applesauce cake recipe that I've been able to adapt for our family), I substitute a quart of applesauce for the sugar, since my sister can only have fruit as a sweetener.

I really enjoy reading your posts, they are very encouraging and I especially enjoy your homestead posts, since my family is doing some of the same kinds of things.

I wanted to let you know that there is an award for you at my blog!

Hannah S.

kpaints said...

Wow, I wish I had remembered the buttermilk substitution recently. I had to buy a qt. for a cake and that was such a waste. Thanks.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Great substitution list! I didn't have those for eggs - so thanks!

Antoinette K. said...

My mother and I use water and apple cider vinegar or whey to substitute for buttermilk and it turns out great! You can use lemon juice as well! I usually do 1 TBS. of one of the above ingredients, to 1 cup of water! soaking the grains really helps our bodies digest wheat as well and still tastes wonderful! Our family tries to eat frugally and healthy as well, so these tips really help, thanks for sharing them!
Does your family make Kombucha by any chance?

Blessings in Christ,

Miss Antoinette

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post! Recently I have been thinking about what a burden I place on myself when I buy so many store-bought items for use in particular recipes, and that I then have to figure out how to use up. It would be simpler -- and probably less wasteful -- to stick to fewer ingredients. And, perhaps the money saved would allow me to buy higher quality simple ingredients. Thanks for bringing this up on your wonderful blog!

sweet locus lane farm said...

Another wonderful posts. I wanted to tell you your hunt for pictures to bring the posts alive are well worth the effort as they really bring character to your blog.


Samantha said...

This list will be a big help here! Although, having 20 laying hens, I don't think we'll be short of eggs. LOL

Rhonda said...

Oh Thank-you Mia! I am going to copy this down and tape it to the inside of my cupboard door! I so enjoy your blog and I learn something everytime I read it!
~Many Blessings to you and your family~

Beautifully Veiled said...

Mia, thanks for sharing. One of my daughters has a great love for cooking as well, and it is has been hard for her to find joy in the simple ingredients for everyday meals. It was nice to hear your story and know that with perserverance it will pay off!

Lydia said...

I love your blog! Great ideas and very inspiring indeed! Keep up the great work and sharing of your life/ideas!
God Bless you!
In Christ,
Lydia Hoppman

Mrs. B said...

I had never heard of those substitutes for eggs. How interesting!

Hana said...

I think that's one of my favourite verses from Paul... It not only teaches us to be content with a few, though - I love the way it also teaches to be content with more and appreciate it if one's given a lot.
In those words, there's a wonderful humility. I wish I were like that.

Anonymous said...

Lovely post. :)

Allison said...

Hello Mia! I've tried to post since the Tea and haven't been able to until now. I'm so glad you found my blog! I really enjoy reading your blog and it was neat to meet you in person. I'll have to try those substitutes! I think they'll come in handy!

God Bless,

Ostra Beauty said...

Hello, Mia. I just discovered your blog. I am so impressed and inspired by your passion for God's word and living it out through a simple life. I am excited to view your older posts and see how I can begin to incorporate some of your ideas into my own life.
God bless you.

Blodgett said...

I have printed out your list of substitutions. Thank you for that! Some of those egg subs sound pretty unusual to put in for egg, but I'll give them a try! Thank you!! (I, too, tend more toward the simpler way of cooking.)
God bless!
Mrs. Blodgett

Rebecca said...

Hello! I've been enjoying your blog for awhile now. I'm a homesschooling mom who loves to gain inspiration from other homemakers, young and old. This post made me think that you'd enjoy my friend's blog "Thrift in the Home"

In Christ,

Ayla said...

Really inspiring scripture quote (Philippians 4:11-12)! I loved the substitutions, I often bake for vegans so it helps to have alternatives up my sleeve :)

Brittany said...

It was so nice to finally meet you and your family this past weekend! I sure can't wait to see you again someday. Y'all need to come visit Idaho! I don't think any of y'all will want to leave! lol.
Hope your week is going well!
~Brittany Vawser

Anonymous said...

Hey Mia
I wanted to tell you that you inspired me to cut the cable, right now the transistion is hard but I know that in the long run it will be really good for my family. Keep on inspirering, ( i know i miss spelled that) but got go.
Your sister in christ
Philippians 1:3-6

Anonymous said...

Beautiful blog! I love all the pictures and your gentle spirit shines out -

Re the egg substitute - the chart is so handy but you forgot one :)

1 tablespoon of vinegar = 1 egg.

This is for baking - I do this say in a recipe that calls for 2 eggs, so I use 1 real egg and the vinegar.

Meg said...

Thanks so much for the substitutes!

One more for the egg list: 1/2 cup of plain yogurt.