Sunday, February 27, 2011

Skimming and Symply-fying

This morning I skimmed some of last night's cows milk as I've decided I really am spoiled having all this fresh food available and all that cream isn't helping me lose weight. The skimmed milk looks a greyish colour naturally, the same as fresh cream is a creamy colour. I don't know what they do to mass produced skim to make it white and I don't care as I'll probably never have to drink it. About an inch of clotted cream was skimmed off the top of 3 litres of Violet the Jersey's milk. The other members of the family can have this with their desserts as they are much more active than I am and use up the calories.
 Skimmed milk on the left and full cream milk from last night on the right. In the future I'll leave it to stand for 2 days before skimming so more of the fat has risen to the top. I'll miss my jam and clotted cream devonshire teas. They'll have to be an infrequent treat now :(.

 My jug of skimmed milk. This will stay fresh for a few days.

No, the lumps aren't nasty things growing in the milk they are lumps of clotted cream and are about 35-40% fat. I've made butter from this in the past and used the buttermilk for scones. Makes me feel a little less guilty about the clotted cream on top of the scone!

AND NOW..........

the reason for the skimming!

I purchased a diet magazine that doesn't seem like a diet magazine. I was so impressed I bought #2 of the series and will add to the series when I can afford it as #6 has recently been released. Some of the recipes have replaced full cream milk with evaporated light milk and the milk you are supposed to use for other purposes is skim milk. Evaporated light milk costs between $2.20 -$2.60/375ml can where I live and skim milk isn't cheap either and as Violet is giving between 4-6 litres/day I couldn't see the point in raising my shopping costs and giving good milk to the dogs!
I'll have to try this experiment to see if it works.

Meanwhile, even the family is happy with their 'diet' food and of course they can have bigger serves but they are discovering they are full on the same serves as I eat.
As I didn't have a chance to take photos before serving because the 'vultures' were ravenous I had to resort to photographing the leftovers. Please use your imagination and picture these surrounded by your favourite salad or vegetables!

  Asparagus and Ham Slice - Friday night

Chicken Stroganoff - Saturday night

The magazines are the "Symply too good too be true" series by Annette Sym and are available in Newsagents or from her website. Or you can download a few free recipes from the website first, like I did, and then decide if they are for you.

He, he, he if you've managed to persist in reading to the end of this long post I'm sure you have the persistence to start a healthy eating lifestyle so join us in improving your health and finding new things to enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Robyn, Just needed that nudge to dig out my 4 Symply books. Um, having them in the cupboard doesn't help... got to actually use them I realised LOL!!

    You're right though, the recipes are really delicious. One thing I did keep doing was using the light evaporated milk in everything - still get that creamy taste but not the fat.