Thursday, April 5, 2012

Food pets and all those dishes...

Today is a less than verbose post. Mostly I am linking to other things I have written about before. I had promised this post and planned to do a little more original writing but I have fallen behind in things this week because we have had extra things going on this week that kept me busy. But it is all in good fun and you'll get the info in the end. confused by the title? Food pets are my little nickname for all those living cultures like kombucha, kefir, water kefir, viili and sourdough. The dishes are probably pretty obvious.

The best piece of advice I can offer to you in keeping your spirits up when bogged down in cooking chores and dishes is to make a list of reasons you eat the way that you do and why the work is worth it. My list is HERE and it is more than a little sassy. After you have that list all figured out, the rest of my tips will be helpful:
  • I keep a calendar to let me know what food pets need attention and when. I have a food zoo at times with lots of cultures. THIS post tells you all about my calendar system.
  • Handling food pets in the summer can be tricky, since it is getting warmer, HERE is how I handle it.
  • Fruit flies love ferments and last summer we tried 11 popular tips to see just what will attract and drown fruit flies (hint: red wine). Read all about the experiment HERE
  • To keep the dishes from piling up while I am cooking, I wash while I cook. Run some soapy water and get to it. If you have a kid eight and over, then make them wash while you cook. THIS short post tells you a bit more, like using oxybleach to soak stubborn pots.
  • Part of the trick to dishes is just to get them over with. Just do it. The dirty dishes spilling out of the sink depresses you and makes you feel badly so do them and feel better. THIS post  is more of the same suggestion.
  • Make your kids put their own dishes in the dishwasher after every meal. At my house, the older ones also have to remove one younger kids (that is, someone too little). Show them how to load and unload the dishwasher and spread the work around. THIS brief post says pretty much the same thing.
  • Curious what a day in my life looks like? HERE it is.


I am going to be taking a couple of days of for the Easter weekend. I hope that if you celebrate Easter, your holiday is joyous and if you don't, I hope you still have a great weekend!

Linking up to Pennywise Platter and Simple Lives!



13 comments:

  1. I have a lot of food pets, too. Sometimes I get bogged down and wonder if I should just buy some probiotic supplements and not go to all that trouble. I like your idea of keeping a list of why you do it. That could double as a good blog post... For me, my health has been amazing (complete turnaround) since I started eating living, real foods, and that's worth a few extra minutes each day. Also, I would greatly miss the taste of my milk kefir smoothies and my kombucha!

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  2. "Food pets," I love that! I like to call them "bug farms." My husband calls them "parasites" and thinks it's hilarious ;)

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    1. Bug farms is an AWESOME term!

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  3. Hi Melissa! I 've chosen your blog to receive the Liebster award! Thanks so much for all the good reads! My post with all the awarded blogs can be found here.

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    1. Wow! That is pretty cool! Hmm, I see you snatched up Holly's blog and I have been loving yours and then you gave it to Meghan. I need to figure out who I am giving it to since you grabbed a lot of my favorites!

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    2. Heh Heh, I named you too Melissa. :)

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  4. I name my food pets. It helps me remember to feed them.

    I was inspired by your post about tortillas, so I decided to give it a shot. I found masa on sale and a cast-iron tortilla press in one of the Latin markets. I've held out because the only ones I have seen have been aluminum, but I tried a new shop that just opened and they had both. I had my 3 year old help me and we made up a batch so quickly and easily.

    I, who was raised to think "Mexican" food was packaged taco kits, discovered fresh corn tortillas a few months ago. They were a revelation to me, raising the bar of a quick weeknight humble beans and rice dinner. I didn't think it could get any better than that! I was so wrong. Now I am completely obsessed with them. I and my family thank you!

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  5. I am so glad you are enjoying tortillas! Also, I love that you name your food pets! So...what are their names?

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    1. I call them all Harvey. My water kefir does have her own name, Beverly, but the rest are Harvey. I named them after the invisible 6 foot tall rabbit that was Jimmy Stewart's friend in the movie "Harvey". Or if Sci-Fi is your thing, after a minor character from the series "Farscape". Both characters were invisible to all but one person. So when I'm caught muttering or talking to myself in the kitchen I just say I'm talking to Harvey.

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    2. I am going to the kitchen right now to name my stuff!

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    3. lol! You'll have to tell me what you decide on.

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    4. Holly, my sourdough is now Jimmy for James Cagney 'cause he brings in the dough. My water kefir is Bebida, which means drink in Spanish and is what we called the ice lady (she sold aguas which is something like snow cones). I am going to print out their names with my label maker and put on their jars. Yay!

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    5. Awesome! Love the names. Especially Jimmy.

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