03 December 2014

Everyday Ways to Live Like a Cheapskate - Part 5 Dairy Products

1. Cheese is generally more expensive at the deli counter than it is in the dairy section. Aldi has 1 kilo blocks of tasty cheese for $6 and the blocks are the right shape for a single slice to fit a slice of bread.

2. To make margarine go further combine 500g softened margarine with 1 cup buttermilk (MOO it by adding 1tsp lemon juice to 1 cup of milk or it is available in the dairy cabinet at most supermarkets these days) and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Mix well. Store in refrigerator in container with a tightly fitting lid. Tastes just like butter and stays soft.

3. I love shopping after 9pm. The supermarket can be quite busy at this time, but often dairy products are marked down at and the queue at the checkout isn't as long.

4.Try to eat only the recommended amounts of dairy products. You'll still be getting the nutrients your body needs, but you won't be paying for food you don't need or adding extra kilojoules.

5. Use skim milk powder to make mixes for drinking and cooking.

6. Substitute plain yoghurt for sour cream. Make up half and half milk. Mix half fresh milk with an equal quantity of made-up powdered milk. Chill well and no-one will know the difference.

7. Try making your own yoghurt. You can save around $3.80 a kilo by making it at home.

8. Buy block cheese and grate it by hand. You'll save up to $9.00 a kilo for five minutes of time. Add a teaspoon of cornflour to the grated cheese before freezing and it won't stick together in clumps.

9. Long Life Milk comes in a wide variety of milk types and is often on special. This means you can stock up while the milk is on special and have the carton of milk ready to place in the fridge when you need it.

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