A couple of people have asked how or why one of my money savers is mixing whole milk half and half with water.
The Why is easy as I get 4 pints for the price of two.
The How goes like this.................
I buy whole milk in 2 pint plastic bottles and put them in the freezer. Take a bottle out and put in the fridge just before I get to the end of the previous bottle.
Put half a pint of milk in a jug and make up to one pint with water. Get the jug and the bottle back in the fridge as quick as possible. When I've used up the jug full then do the same again and then again and when I get to the last half pint add the water directly to the bottle.
Its a surprise that the bottle of milk keeps long enough to do this (more than 14 days I think) but it does. Perhaps because the top only comes off the bottle briefly? Perhaps because it's come out of the freezer so is really cold and often still has a core of ice when I open it for the first half pint. Of course all milk now is homogenized so there is no discernible cream to go 'off'.
I suppose you could do this with semi skimmed and end up with very watery skimmed milk, but I'm not planning to try it!
I only use milk in coffee, on cereal/porridge or if making a sauce and the last two I've always mixed half and half even before doing it all the time. There's no noticeable difference to using semi skimmed. A while ago, I worked out that that half and half has less calories than semi-skimmed but also less calcium so not recommended if you need more calcium in your diet. I eat lots of cheese so make up for it there.
Just in case you were wondering.............Yes, the empty plastic bottle goes in the recycling. Yes, a milkman does come to the village, twice a week at 1 a.m in the morning but I can't keep glass bottles in the freezer and don't want to be woken up at that time - as I already get woken by my neighbour going to work at 3 or 4 am four times a week. Plus when the milkman called on me to see if I wanted milk from him he was so rude when I said "No Thank you" that I wouldn't buy from him anyway!