Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
We, here in Louisville, KY had a weekend of really nasty weather just like several other states. Rain, sleet, freezing rain, cold temps, and snow all in one weekend. Geeze! In our area, the mere mention of snow or sleet and people go into a panic. Everyone rushes to the store to pick up milk and bread. Adding in some lunch meat, kool-aid, and popcorn for just in case IT happens again. It being a snow storm trapping people inside their homes without power for several days.
As for me, I bake my own bread and I drink powdered milk so I was not heading to the store. Instead I went to the kitchen to fix some foods for just in case the power goes out. My Grandma Mama always told me that as long as I could make biscuits then I’d never go hungry. Homemade biscuits are the ultimate comfort food. Biscuits are very versatile and are good whether served warm or cold. They are good sweet or savory or just plain. This is what makes them such a great “preparedness” food.
Biscuits are among the most important items in any cook’s arsenal, but especially for those who don’t have much money. Biscuits are fantastic for stretching a food budget and the family hardly notices the lack of other foods. Biscuits when soaked in a white sauce or a brown gravy make a really quick meal.
Biscuits are food for the gods when served with butter and honey. Actually people will set down to a meal of the simplest soup or stew with hot biscuits and declare the meal absolutely delicious.
Other uses for biscuit dough are pinwheels, turnovers, or as topping for meat pies. Pour fruit and it’s juice over leftover biscuits and you have a heavenly desert. Biscuits are the original “shortcakes” of strawberry shortcake. I can imagine it was a very clever cook that wanted to use up stale biscuits so she poured strawberry juice on them to soak up the liquid and make the biscuits soft again.
Flatten biscuit dough as flat as you can get it and you’ve got dumplings ready to boil in anything from stock liquid to applesauce.
Grandma Mama used to mix up a batch of biscuits and use it for making the crust of a blackberry cobbler or a peach cobbler. YUM! The next time the weather person says bad weather is headed your way, make up a batch or two of biscuits. They last and can become a meal all by itself. Just in case the IT does happen.