Yes, it is report-back time. I have previously detailed in these pages a couple of little experiments I have been conducting, and enough time has now elapsed that I can report on their results.
Smelly Shoes Experiment. If you recall Day 10, I dusted these with Bicarbonate of Soda, and then froze them. Result = Success! When they came out of the freezer, they were practically odour-free. Having worn them since (without stockings), they have regained a certain fragrance, but nothing like before. I am therefore predicting that this is a process I will need to repeat at intervals. But at least it works.
However, there is one downside. When one puts one's bare feet into bicarb-dusted shoes, and then one's feet proceed to sweat as usual, the result is that the sweat mixes with the bicarb residue to form something of a paste. This paste then dries to one's feet, so that upon extracting them from the shoes, they are encrusted with an unpleasant-looking white substance. What is more, this white substance renders the soles of one's feet really rather slippery when stepping into the shower.
But what ho! A minor problem afflicting the first day of wear only.
Secondly, the Soup Pot Experiment. Back on Day 5, I described how my book of rationing recipes contained a recipe for a kind of continuous stock pot, consisting of various root vegetables and bacon rind. The idea was to bring it to the boil every day and take out whatever stock you needed. It looked like it was meant to last several days, if not actually be continuously replenished.
Result= Success. At least, if one defines success as no onset of what we shall euphemistically call "tummy troubles". (Which seems like a pretty sound definition of 'success' to me.) After chopping and freezing all the bacon bits, I stuck the quite copious amounts of rind in a pot with a bit of onion, and boiled it up. I did this for the next four days: boiling it briefly and then letting it cool. I didn't even refrigerate it in between, but just left it sitting on the cooker. Then yesterday I used it. First, I skimmed off what little fat there was: it is now in the fridge and will be used later for frying or pastry. (I understand this fat pretty much lasts indefinitely.) And then I strained it and used the entire stock to make lentil soup. It needed a fair amount of extra salt, and I probably should have added some bacon bit to the soup as a whole, but basically, it worked. The soup was healthy, and so am I.
Success indeed. :D
My next experiment is to see if I can't make my own washing powder, which means tracking down some rather strange ingredients according to a recipe I have found online. It will also be telling if the end result is cheaper or not than a decent brand-name powder. Has anyone else out there ever done this?
Today's Expenditure: £0.00