Q1- I have really enjoyed reading chapters 1 and 2 of “Thrift in the Household”. What I have enjoyed so far is the tone of the book. It is straight forward and to the point. It reads sort of like a handbook versus a story.
The parts of the book that have caused me to reconsider some of my methods in “thrift” would be in areas such as waste. I have realized, by reading the book, that I am wasting in areas that had not been obvious before.
For example; when I make dough I often leave plenty sticking to the inside of the bowl. Which over time does begin to amount to the equivalent of actual pounds of wasted flour.
Also when my children empty sugar or flour into our storage containers, I notice that they spill some and also don’t take the time to empty the bags completely. Over time this waste will begin to accumulate as well. In this aspect I am very patient through their learning process, but at the same time I use these opportunities to discuss waste and even incorporate arithmetic. We discuss grams and how once accumulated, turn into pounds.
In addition not using nonstick pans when cooking rice has caused me much waste. I don’t use the rice from the bottom of the pan because it is usually stuck. I know that there has to be at least 1/4 cup of rice left in the pot from every meal. This is the same when cooking hot cereals. These are two grains that I cook at least 4 time a week. So I am throwing away about 1 cup of grains per week. This fact alone has motivated me to purchase new cookware, in the near future, which is a task long over due.
This are just a few of my revelations. Thank you for reading along.