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27 Things I Make Instead of Buy to Save Money

Are you looking for ways to save money? You're not alone! It can be tough to keep up with when you have surprise expenses.  By changing some of our daily habits, my family started to make some of our household items instead of buy them to help use reduce waste, save money, and frankly because it can be more convenient. I added the items on this list bit by bit over the years. Please do not think you have to make everything all at once! Sometimes I don’t have to make more of something because I made a bit too much the first time and we are still going through it (looking at you Must Can All the Jam! bender a few years ago.) Other times, it’s a one and done kind of thing like sewing on a button, and sometimes I buy the item instead of making it (like yogurt) because I’m too busy with other life things to keep up with the supply and demand.   Save this list of money saving ideas to your Pinterest Boards for later! Share it with your friends!  In othe

Pickled Garlic Turns Blue, Who Knew?

I made three jars of dill refrigerator pickles with a gift of summer cucumbers. It was my first attempt at making pickles and they came out well. Or at least that’s what I gather since Husband sucked down all but the taste I got from Jar Number One.

I was about to open Jar number two when I noticed that the garlic cloves in the pickle jar were turning blue. They weren’t fuzzy (thank goodness) but I figured that blue garlic can’t be good and poured the jar and it’s contents in the compost bin.

It killed me to throw out food.

When I noticed that some of the garlic in Dill Pickle Jar Number Three had a spot of blue on it.

I did a little research. Turns out that pickled garlic, turns blue as part of the pickling process. Blue garlic is safe to eat! I also learned that pickled asparagus turns pink.

Weird.

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