Well, somehow or another, I managed to completely space out that yesterday was Friday. So this week, I guess my Friday Finds will just have to show up on Saturday.
I seem to be somewhat in a DIY mode this week so I am sharing some links to great DIY ideas that I must try.
Although I keep a container of powdered buttermilk in my fridge and have used the milk plus vinegar/lemon juice substitute for buttermilk, I prefer to use liquid buttermilk. The idea of making new, homemade buttermilk using commercial buttermilk as a starter has been around awhile, and it is a good one to be aware of. This is a very nice article detailing the simple process and even suggests that you can use the homemade buttermilk to make a great Greek Yogurt substitute.
As the blogger said, this is one of those "Slap Yourself Upside of the Head and say Why Didn't I Think of That" kind of thing, but I didn't and am glad someone did. I always have a few packages of chocolate chips on hand and never remember to buy chocolate chunks. Well, now I don't have to. Great, great idea.
Thrice the Spice
This recipe makes enough for 8 lbs. of ground meat; and, of course, you could choose from ground pork, turkey or chicken. With just spice and a little sugar, this has no nitrates, MSG or other chemicals that may be found in commercial sausage.
Portuguese Girl Cooks
I have been thinking about trying homemade ricotta ever since I saw a recipe for it in "Cooking Light" last year. With just whole milk, cream, salt and lemon juice, this recipe has no special ingredients. It does take a candy thermometer to make this, but otherwise the process is simple and mostly "hands off." Much, much better than the store bought kind I am sure.
Mel's Kitchen Cafe
If you don't already have a special Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe, take some of that Homemade Buttermilk you made and make this one from, the always reliable, Mel. With the addition of a little olive oil, it seems to have good keeping qualities. Homemade beats store bought every time.
Well, that ends my Friday Finds on Saturday. Late to the party, I am linking up to Friday Favorite Finds. Pop on over to see what other bloggers have found this week.