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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8050 on: January 10, 2017, 11:10:42 AM »
Built a piece of furniture instead of buying one. Got the wood from a local lumberyard and all other material (wood glue, screws, stain etc) for less than $100 total. Fits the dimensions of our space perfectly and buying it instead of making it would have been over $1,000.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8051 on: January 10, 2017, 02:16:36 PM »
Someone at work was getting rid of a couple boxes of apples.  I took them home, cut them up, and have them in the freezer ready to go in my morning smoothies for the next several months.  We are both happy.

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« Reply #8052 on: January 10, 2017, 02:19:04 PM »
I moved and cut my rent in half. 850 vs. 420 per month in Munich, Germany.

The move cost ~100 (Truck and Beer for my helpfull friends), saving will be 5160/y.

not really "small", though ...

Not small but fantastic!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8053 on: January 10, 2017, 03:25:59 PM »
Have been neglecting this thread and posting mainly in the Uber Frugal January thread - but wanted to share that I gave up my afternoon Coke habit in favor of a cup of tea - I need a small jolt of caffeine, and tea is free at work (and we have a huge stash at home that needs working down since we're not big tea drinkers).  And it's been a nice jolt of warmth too in the cold weather we've been having!

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« Reply #8054 on: January 10, 2017, 03:29:48 PM »
Have been neglecting this thread and posting mainly in the Uber Frugal January thread - but wanted to share that I gave up my afternoon Coke habit in favor of a cup of tea - I need a small jolt of caffeine, and tea is free at work (and we have a huge stash at home that needs working down since we're not big tea drinkers).  And it's been a nice jolt of warmth too in the cold weather we've been having!

That's a big change! Seriously. DH gave up a mountain dew habit ~5 years ago. It is a big step, but it's just pure profit- 100% health gains, completely free alternatives, etc. Congrats on making that step, I hope it sticks for you! Took DH 1 false start, but he got it to stick on the second try =)

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« Reply #8055 on: January 10, 2017, 03:44:29 PM »
Mixed a cup of oats into the chocolate cookie dough.  Fed cookies to kids and friends, instead of a prepackaged snack.

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« Reply #8056 on: January 10, 2017, 03:48:43 PM »
I had to spend the better part of an hour applying pressure to a cut on my toddler's finger instead of making dinner. The dinner I'd planned obviously wasn't going to happen at a decent hour, so I pulled a frozen dinner out and stuck it in the oven instead of ordering pizza.

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« Reply #8057 on: January 10, 2017, 04:01:55 PM »
I had to spend the better part of an hour applying pressure to a cut on my toddler's finger instead of making dinner. The dinner I'd planned obviously wasn't going to happen at a decent hour, so I pulled a frozen dinner out and stuck it in the oven instead of ordering pizza.

Great job having a plan B ready!

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« Reply #8058 on: January 10, 2017, 06:18:28 PM »
Bought a whole bunch of veggies and I've decided that this is the week that none of it goes to waste.  I spent an extra hour in the kitchen prepping multiple salads/veggie dishes, roasted a bunch of potatoes, and prepped fresh veggies for morning eggs or midday munching.  First day down....the rest of the week to go.  Gonna make this happen.

Ate leftover "eh" ice cream out of the freezer instead of going out like husband initially suggested. 

Planned a lunch for Thursday with a friend -- planned it for a restaurant that I have part of a gift card for to use up.

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« Reply #8059 on: January 10, 2017, 06:54:54 PM »
I've been sick in bed for three days, so I haven't spent a cent. Good, right?

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« Reply #8060 on: January 10, 2017, 08:33:41 PM »
Cooked (getting back into the habit...)

Tossed a bag of frozen cauliflower and half a bag of peppers and onions into a pint of homemade turkey stock.  Added curry powder and some other spices.  Blended it up, and served over leftover turkey.  Super tasty, and I have enough for another meal.

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« Reply #8061 on: January 10, 2017, 09:46:37 PM »
Downloaded an app to make the most of a promotion to earn extra airline points.

(I've elaborated on this previously, but any points I accumulate from things like this are cashed out for grocery gift cards. They represent <1 per cent of points balance.)

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« Reply #8062 on: January 10, 2017, 10:29:39 PM »
Skipped the gym and found three Pilates workout routines on YouTube and worked out at home.

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« Reply #8063 on: January 10, 2017, 10:39:00 PM »
Cooked all meals at home and damn were they good!

Bought a "kick sugar" type cookbook using a leftover gift card. Tons of great recipes that will save me even more money in the future.

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« Reply #8064 on: January 10, 2017, 11:16:33 PM »
*Made a chicken chili from leftover chicken

*baked a pan of dinner rolls and a pan of cinnamon buns. Kids devoured them!

*Didn't go in a store or on Amazon

*Kept the heat lowish (not as low as some here) and put on a big thick wool scarf
And dressed in 3 layers (cami, long sleeved shirt, sweater dress and leggings)

*was without a dishwasher for 20 days. It's fixed now! Hallelujah! (I know .. first world problems .. I do a ton of scratch cooking and baking and have a large family)

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« Reply #8065 on: January 11, 2017, 01:40:39 AM »
Just sharpened my knives.

They are almost eight years old and I use them constantly, but a quick sharpen and they're good as new.

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« Reply #8066 on: January 11, 2017, 07:02:34 AM »
Just sharpened my knives.

They are almost eight years old and I use them constantly, but a quick sharpen and they're good as new.

My DH used to be a speed skater and is good at sharpening irons. So he also sharpens the good knives at home, as well as the chain saw's chain. The only knives that are a challenge are the bread knives. I have no idea if they can be sharpened at all.

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« Reply #8067 on: January 11, 2017, 07:55:56 AM »
Adjusted our thermostat program- "night" now begins an hour earlier (11 hours total now) and is now 62F (was previously 64F). Not touching my 68F daytime temp though ;)

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« Reply #8068 on: January 11, 2017, 08:39:36 AM »
Just sharpened my knives.

They are almost eight years old and I use them constantly, but a quick sharpen and they're good as new.

My DH used to be a speed skater and is good at sharpening irons. So he also sharpens the good knives at home, as well as the chain saw's chain. The only knives that are a challenge are the bread knives. I have no idea if they can be sharpened at all.

You can sharpen serrated knives, but it's a pain in the .. knife block.  You use a tool like this:  http://amzn.to/2j7U4GT  (basically, a thin rod that tapers a bit towards the end -- starts kinda pencil-thickness and gets narrower), and you then sharpen each serration individually.

The bright side of bread knives is that if you're gentle with them and don't cut on something like a stone or glass countertop, they'll stay sharp for a long time.  The pointy bits protect the edge that's deeper in the groove.

To put it in perspective, I tend to steel and/or strop my knives about every second use.  About six gentle strokes on each side of the steel is enough to help maintain the blade pretty well.  I sharpen them on a stone as needed, but that tends to be every few months, for knives that get a good workout at least 4x/week.  I've never sharpened my serrated knives.  That's helped by the fact that I accidentally broke my oldest one about 10 years ago and have a "new" one, but close enough.

I have seen serrated blades get dull, though.  I brought my stones and sharpened my in-laws knives for them over thanksgiving, and I just.. cried a little bit about their serrated blades and left them alone.  They're probably 30 or 40 years old at this point, and have never been sharpened.  The knives, not the in-laws.

Oops.  I'll stop cooking-knife-geeking now.  That got a bit out of hand. :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #8069 on: January 11, 2017, 09:37:45 AM »
Have been neglecting this thread and posting mainly in the Uber Frugal January thread - but wanted to share that I gave up my afternoon Coke habit in favor of a cup of tea - I need a small jolt of caffeine, and tea is free at work (and we have a huge stash at home that needs working down since we're not big tea drinkers).  And it's been a nice jolt of warmth too in the cold weather we've been having!

That's a big change! Seriously. DH gave up a mountain dew habit ~5 years ago. It is a big step, but it's just pure profit- 100% health gains, completely free alternatives, etc. Congrats on making that step, I hope it sticks for you! Took DH 1 false start, but he got it to stick on the second try =)

Thanks for the encouragement Bracken Joy!  So far so good and hearing your husband's story helps keep me motivated to stay on the wagon.

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« Reply #8070 on: January 11, 2017, 02:19:41 PM »
Forgot my wallet at work. I realized it when I got in line at the supermarket with a store-made pizza, lazy pasta (tortelloni that cooks in 3 minutes), a box of wine, and a few other things. So I put them all back and went home to use food I already had. I had stir-fry and rice, decaf tea and little cake slices. Maybe a pear later.

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« Reply #8071 on: January 11, 2017, 02:37:26 PM »
Just sharpened my knives.

They are almost eight years old and I use them constantly, but a quick sharpen and they're good as new.

My DH used to be a speed skater and is good at sharpening irons. So he also sharpens the good knives at home, as well as the chain saw's chain. The only knives that are a challenge are the bread knives. I have no idea if they can be sharpened at all.

You can sharpen serrated knives, but it's a pain in the .. knife block.  You use a tool like this:  http://amzn.to/2j7U4GT  (basically, a thin rod that tapers a bit towards the end -- starts kinda pencil-thickness and gets narrower), and you then sharpen each serration individually.

The bright side of bread knives is that if you're gentle with them and don't cut on something like a stone or glass countertop, they'll stay sharp for a long time.  The pointy bits protect the edge that's deeper in the groove.

To put it in perspective, I tend to steel and/or strop my knives about every second use.  About six gentle strokes on each side of the steel is enough to help maintain the blade pretty well.  I sharpen them on a stone as needed, but that tends to be every few months, for knives that get a good workout at least 4x/week.  I've never sharpened my serrated knives.  That's helped by the fact that I accidentally broke my oldest one about 10 years ago and have a "new" one, but close enough.

I have seen serrated blades get dull, though.  I brought my stones and sharpened my in-laws knives for them over thanksgiving, and I just.. cried a little bit about their serrated blades and left them alone.  They're probably 30 or 40 years old at this point, and have never been sharpened.  The knives, not the in-laws.

Oops.  I'll stop cooking-knife-geeking now.  That got a bit out of hand. :)

Fantastic. :D

And no, I don't sharpen my serrated knife. It's only used on bread and tomatoes, it's not like I'm hacking bones with it.

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« Reply #8072 on: January 11, 2017, 03:22:09 PM »
Pulled a muscle or something in my rib so my kitchen exploits are seriously curtailed today:-(
Instead I'm reading up on the forum For ideas and motivation, jumping over to linked websites, ordering interesting sounding books, etc. Drinking lots of tea - using up my stash!

No spend day!

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« Reply #8073 on: January 11, 2017, 04:41:22 PM »
Realised that I can tolerate the temperature inside my flat in the evenings post being at work and at night. Will only turn on the heating on the weekend if I'm inside and it's cold. Ate left overs from someone else's work meeting, it was all readily available in the kitchen.

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« Reply #8074 on: January 11, 2017, 05:19:13 PM »
Made an oatmeal dog shampoo and gave my pooch his bath.

Had some leftover tuna salad on toast for lunch.

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« Reply #8075 on: January 11, 2017, 05:30:01 PM »
I impulse bought a pair of higher end jeans, BUT they were a steal on Poshmark because the button was missing. $23 for the jeans and shipping, and another few dollars for a new jeans button if I can't figure out how to salvage one from any of my ripped-beyond-repair jeans.

No spending other than that today. Discovered my toddler LOVES the "Truck Tunes" videos on YouTube, and took advantage of the warmer weather to play outside.

Finished the dinner I started making yesterday before kiddo hurt himself. Enough for tonight and tomorrow, with more to freeze to replace the emergency dinner I used last night.

Baking bread and meal planning for next week tonight.

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« Reply #8076 on: January 11, 2017, 05:36:50 PM »
Started up a food journal to keep track of all my groceries and planning out my meals for the next few days.  Thanks to relying on my journal, I've postponed my grocery shopping trip by a couple of days just eating what I already have at home, made chicken udon and mapo tofu (even though I'm out of eggs... ugh, that makes me feel anxious.)

Returned a $4 item that didn't work out for me-- before, I might have just thrown up my hands and said, "it's just four bucks!" but that would have been a waste.

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« Reply #8077 on: January 11, 2017, 06:27:15 PM »
My electric car didn't charge last night, but I avoided having to go to a charging station by driving in Eco mode. Man, it was close!

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« Reply #8078 on: January 12, 2017, 09:28:12 AM »
Got a $40 Amazon gift card by participating in a focus group at work. This will probably go toward our next toilet paper/paper towels order. Being carless is so much easier when you can have bulk goods delivered to your door.

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« Reply #8079 on: January 12, 2017, 03:03:18 PM »
Today I went back to my natural hair color!
This probably sounds ridiculous, especially to the male readers, but for me, it is a pretty big freakin deal, lol!
I will miss my blonde hair, but I feel like a true mustachian by going back to my old roots in the name of saving a boat load of money!

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« Reply #8080 on: January 12, 2017, 03:22:27 PM »
Reduced my husband's base phone bill, potentially saving $95 a month.

Also scored a $20 account credit from the telco by asking them to review the account.

I wanted a couple of things for work (I started a new job last year and waited a couple of months to see what I needed). Spent $15 of Christmas gift cards on a couple of files and things.

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« Reply #8081 on: January 12, 2017, 03:33:02 PM »
I recently got news that I get my bachelors degree in May! I had to get some requirements waived and jump through hoops to get this approved. The next few months will be intense as I have taken a heavy work load, but now there is a light at the end of the tunnel!  I am looking forward to not paying tuition and maybe even getting a real job.  Woohoo! 


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« Reply #8082 on: January 12, 2017, 03:49:54 PM »
I recently got news that I get my bachelors degree in May! I had to get some requirements waived and jump through hoops to get this approved. The next few months will be intense as I have taken a heavy work load, but now there is a light at the end of the tunnel!  I am looking forward to not paying tuition and maybe even getting a real job.  Woohoo!

Congratulations! Have a good semester - the end is in sight!

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« Reply #8083 on: January 12, 2017, 03:53:41 PM »
Made 5 loaves of whole wheat bread and a 9x13 of raspberry bars.


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« Reply #8084 on: January 12, 2017, 03:58:29 PM »
Today I went back to my natural hair color!
This probably sounds ridiculous, especially to the male readers, but for me, it is a pretty big freakin deal, lol!
I will miss my blonde hair, but I feel like a true mustachian by going back to my old roots in the name of saving a boat load of money!

Love this! :D

I recently got news that I get my bachelors degree in May! I had to get some requirements waived and jump through hoops to get this approved. The next few months will be intense as I have taken a heavy work load, but now there is a light at the end of the tunnel!  I am looking forward to not paying tuition and maybe even getting a real job.  Woohoo! 



Fantastic news!

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« Reply #8085 on: January 12, 2017, 04:09:46 PM »
- We packed four sandwiches, trail mix, crackers for the airplane
- Took transit to airport there and back
- Did two loads of laundry and both are drying on the drying rack
- Hubby fixed the toilet handle, it's our second time repairing it. I thought we had to buy a new one but nope, he fixed it. 

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« Reply #8086 on: January 12, 2017, 04:14:09 PM »
Used frozen egg whites and frozen yolks (leftover from previous baking) to make tapioca. That way instead of going to convenience store for eggs, I can wait until Costco run this weekend.

Made 5 loaves of whole wheat bread and a 9x13 of raspberry bars.

Oh wow, yum!!  I need to learn how to do raspberry bars now!


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« Reply #8087 on: January 12, 2017, 07:05:57 PM »
The raspberry bars are super easy and very delicious! In a bowl, mix up 1c softened butter, 1/2 c white sugar,  2 1/4c all purpose flour and a dash of salt. I just mix it with my hands until well combined. Press 3/4 of this mixture into a 9x13 pan. Warm up 1 1/2 c of jam/jelly. Spread on crust. Top with remaining crust mixture by crumbling on top. Bake 40 min @ 350. Cool slightly then cut into bars. Can be eaten warm or cool. Sticks to the pan if it cools in there so I add parchment paper to the baking dish so I can lift out the sliced bars once they've cooled.

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« Reply #8088 on: January 12, 2017, 07:19:09 PM »
Thank you so very much, 1967mama!!!  That's the type of snack that tempts me at coffee shops, $4 a square. Not that I do ever buy them :~(, but now I can have my cake bars and eat them too!

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« Reply #8089 on: January 13, 2017, 12:23:17 AM »
Swam for free in a public pool. We have a family member ship in a triathlon club. That is an inexpensive fee per year, comparable to the price of a monthly fee for a very cheap trim center. For that we can get free swimming in a public swimming pool once a week the whole winter. We even got a whole private lane for just the two of us. The club also gives free strength training once a week.

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« Reply #8090 on: January 13, 2017, 09:29:55 AM »
Last night I was craving chocolate and *almost* bought some. I am (un)fortunate enough to live very close to a store and have often walked over at night when these cravings hit. Instead I made a nice hot chocolate at home.

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« Reply #8091 on: January 13, 2017, 10:08:29 AM »
I just made my pooch a stuffed dog toy using a left over internal squeaker button and some scrap sewing material. Took less than 10 minutes or so. Nothing fancy or sophisticated about it, but he loved it and proceeded to gnaw off a corner piece. The good thing is there is no polyester like stuffing, it's mostly all cotton material bound into a tight ball. We'll see how long this lasts.

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« Reply #8092 on: January 13, 2017, 12:09:27 PM »
I'm proud of my frugal grocery shopping today: bought two gallons of milk since it was still $1.25 per gallon at Aldi, and 10 lbs of chicken breasts at $1.49 per lb. I grabbed 9 very large bruised apples from the discount produce section at the back of the commissary for $1.50, and chopped them up and threw them in the slow cooker for applesauce.

I'm back to cloth diapering (except at night) after sewing some PUL diaper covers for my kiddo. They cost a bit more to make than buying the Gerber rubber pants from Amazon, but should last until he potty trains in a year or so. If I'd bought more rubber pants, they'd wear out, rip, and have to be replaced before then.

I'm making DH's favorite dish from a restaurant we used to frequent tonight: pecan crusted chicken with mashed sweet potatoes. It's a new recipe, so fingers crossed it turns out well!

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« Reply #8093 on: January 13, 2017, 02:37:58 PM »
Used my Instant Pot to make greek yogurt.  Spent 2.50 for a gallon of milk.  Greek yogurt at the store (Fage Yogurt) is $7 or more. 

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« Reply #8094 on: January 13, 2017, 05:02:37 PM »
- Back from vacation and had my bestie look after the tuxedo cat for a $25 gift card and I bought small gift for her family. Saved lots of money by not dropping kitty at the kennel and she got better care.
-Went out for coffee with a friend instead of going to lunch and I brought my own cup for a small discount

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« Reply #8095 on: January 13, 2017, 05:12:00 PM »
Found a cheaper hotel with a better bar for my trip next month. Still just as nice, but with a different view than the downtown accommodations I would normally stay in.

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« Reply #8096 on: January 13, 2017, 05:43:02 PM »
tyort1, I didn't know yogurt could be made in the InstantPot! Did it turn out well? Care to share your recipe? Awesomeness!!

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« Reply #8097 on: January 13, 2017, 06:02:09 PM »
tyort1, I didn't know yogurt could be made in the InstantPot! Did it turn out well? Care to share your recipe? Awesomeness!!

Sure, I have the 7 in 1 instant pot which has a yogurt function.  I put in the milk, close the lid and press the yogurt button.  It heats it automatically to a brief boil and beeps at me when it's done.  I pull the metal pot out (with the milk still in it), give it a quick ice bath in my sink.  Use a meat thermometer to make sure the temperature is less that 100.  Mix in a tablespoon full of yogurt (I just grab a spoonful from my last batch of yogurt that I haven't eaten yet).  Put the metal pot back into the instant pot.  Press the yogurt button again and set it for 8 hours.  The instant pot keeps it at the perfect temp for 8 hours then beeps at me again.

At this point you have regular yogurt and it's pretty good!  But it's also fairly runny and very tangy.  To make it into thick, creamy greek style yogurt, you need 3 things - a big pot, a a sieve and a paper towel (or cheesecloth).  Line the sieve with a paper towel (or cheesecloth).  I just use the metal sieve that I use to drain veggies when I make veggies.  And I use a big pot that I mix salads in normally.  Luckily, this sieve fits my pot perfectly and in such a way that there's a little gap between the bottom of the sieve and the bottom of the bowl.

Anyway, just put the lined sieve into the pot and dump the yogurt on it.  Let it drain over night in the fridge and the tangy liquid falls to the bottom and you can just lift out your sieve with your super yummy extra thick extra creamy greek yogurt.  I find that a gallon of milk makes between 8 and 10 cups of greek yogurt (close to 2 liters, for you metric folks).  Add a bit of chopped walnuts, fresh blackberries and lots of honey on top for a sinfully awesome snack.
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« Reply #8098 on: January 13, 2017, 06:29:35 PM »
Thank you for taking the time to type out the yogurt recipe!! Do you have to add any starter? (Plain yogurt) And apparently my Instant pot has the yogurt function!!! Who knew?!! Haha!

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« Reply #8099 on: January 13, 2017, 06:55:30 PM »
Oh, you are right, forgot the "mix in some yogurt" step.  I edited my post to put it in there, in the right spot. 

Haha, we eat so much yogurt that the the yogurt function on my instant pot has defrayed part of the cost of the pot!  :D
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