October 14, 2008

Saving Some Cents

Homemade Tomato Soup!
Taken from my 1950 Betty Crocker cookbook

Blend in pot on medium heat
3 TBSP Butter
2 TBSP Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper (I just shook some in)

This is where I step in and change things

1 can 28 oz. Crushed Tomatoes in Tomato Juice
1 can 28 oz. Tomato Sauce (Cheap store brand)
1 can 6 oz. of Tomato Paste
Crushed Dried Basil to taste
(this adds a wonderful flavor to the soup, highly recommended!)

1/4 tsp Baking Soda (this is actually in the recipe)

Once everything is stirred up really good then add

4 cups Milk

Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
I don't know how much this feeds but it is a really good pot and we had enough for two days...only because the five of us had big bowls of it!
I also crushed up some Ritz crackers (the perfect cracker for Tomato soup I think) and some finely shredded Colby cheese on top!

Homemade Laundry Detergent http://www.livingonadime.com/

1/3 bar Fels Naptha Laundry Soap, grated

6 cups water

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup borax

Heat 6 cups water and soap in a large pan until dissolved.

Stir in washing soda and Borax.

Mix and heat until dissolved.

Boil 15 minutes. Remove from heat. (It will have the consistency of honey.*)

In a 3 or 5 gallon bucket, add 1 quart of hot water, then add the soap mixture. Mix.

Add enough cold water to make a 2 gallon mixture.

Mix until well blended.

Let sit 24 hours. The soap will gel*.

Use 1/2 cup for each load.

Makes 2 gallons. (Approximately $ .40 per gallon)
*If the detergent doesn't gel or reach honey consistency it will still work.

Stir before each use as this soap does separate. Detergent can be stored in a liquid detergent bottle. Just shake it up each time you use it.
This detergent will not suds up in the washer, but it is still getting your clothes clean.

If you have extra hard water the soap may not clean as well.

Add 1/2 cup borax or washing soda to the load and that may help.

If you do not like this laundry soap, you can still use the Fels Naptha bar for spot cleaning and to rub on stains. The Borax and Washing Soda are great to add to your regular detergent for extra cleaning

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