Friday, January 1, 2016
Cooking from the pantry: talking beverages
Beverages can take a huge chunk out of the grocery budget. My must haves are low sodium V8 style juice (MD requires that I have 6 oz of high potassium juice with one of my RX's), regular coffee, decaf coffee, OJ or grapefruit juice (vit C especially in Winter), tea including plain reg and decaf, herbal teas. Currently, we also have some soda (I like to keep 1 ginger ale, 1 cola on hand for medicinal reasons as well-most of what I have is holiday leftovers), Christmas egg nog, wine and liquor (used predominantly in cooking), cocoa (including some recently gifted at Xmas), lots of generic "koolaid" pouches, hazelnut coffee, pumpkin spice coffee (a gift). Last night, I unearthed some Stevia I had forgotten about.
Personally, I drink a lot of water, and encourage my kids to as well. It's filtered well water from the tap. In an effort to avoid feelings of deprivation, I am digging out the "special" teas, I made a big pitcher of grape koolaid (used 50-50 sugar and steevia to save the sugar for baking/coffee as well as to use up the Steevia). One kidlet had some last night, no reports of "off flavor" so this is a go, I have several batches worth of steevia to use up, following this aforementioned trick. We rarely have soda, it's usually reserved for "pizza night." Koolaid will be replacing that once we're down to 1 ginger ale, and 1 cola on hand. Soda, IMO is not necessary unless ill, we do have alternatives that need to be consumed.