Random Sampler

This issue marks the first appearance of Random Sampler, a potpourri of shared experiences, homemaking hints, nutritional information, creative ideas, and efficient shortcuts to the art of happy homemaking.

Share your ideas, expertise, and heartwarming thoughts with other sisters around the world as we work together in the context of the gospel to create pleasant homes and loving families.

Fruit Leather Fun

A tasty extension of popular fruit leather (Ensign, June 1972) is to make chocolates out of it. Spread the fruit leather with a very thin coat of chunky peanut butter, caramel, creamed honey, fondant, or penuche. Then roll very tightly, cut in 3/4″ sections, and dip in chocolate, minted chocolate, milk chocolate, or butterscotch. If desired, these candies can then be rolled in toasted coconut or crushed nuts. They make rich, colorful additions to gift boxes of homemade candy.

Jerry and Carol Jensen, Ogden, Utah

Wheat for Storage

Buying Wheat

The ideal wheat for storage is clean, (free from dirt, grass, chaff, insects, or other foreign material), hard, and low in moisture.

The hardness of wheat is determined by its protein content—above 12 percent qualifies.

Most wheat protein is gluten, which is necessary to make good bread. Therefore, storage wheat should be as high in protein as possible. Soft wheats, with lower protein content, are generally used for nonbread products such as cakes.

The moisture content of the wheat is also important in storage. Fresh wheat may have a moisture content of 14–16 percent; weevils and insects can survive if the moisture is above 10 percent. In humid climates the wheat will need to be “dried” with heat or CO2.

The wheat vendor should know the wheat’s cleanness, protein content, and moisture level.

Using Wheat

The whole wheat will usually need to be ground or cracked before it is used in the home. Cracked wheat or a coarse meal can be made easily with a hand grinder and used in bread by mixing it, half and half, with white flour. Some home blenders will grind the whole wheat. Electric grain mills for the home make excellent flour and usually can be adjusted to make cracked wheat or meal.

Kay B. Frantz Brigham Young University Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Poison-Proof Your Home

During March, the United States observes its National Poison Prevention Week. Spain, Italy, and Canada reportedly will conduct dovetailed activities as well.

Drinking turpentine stored in a soft drink bottle or eating baby aspirin thinking it candy are common with children. Each year an estimated 500,000 children yearly accidentally swallow toxic or potentially toxic substances. Even more shocking is the fact that 95 percent of the children under the age of five who are poisoned are under adult supervision.

The Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 makes it hard for youngsters to get into pill bottles and boxes, but parents can further “poison-proof” their homes by following these guidelines:

1. Keep household products and medicines out of reach and out of children’s sight, preferably in a locked cabinet or closet. (Even a fishing tackle box or suitcase will do.)

2. Separate medicines from other household products. Never store them in cups or soft drink bottles.

3. Always read the label before administering medicine. Be sure all products are properly labeled.

4. Avoid taking medication in the presence of children, since they imitate adults.

5. Never encourage children to take medicine by calling it “candy” since they may later be tempted to eat it as a treat.

6. Clean out your medicine chest periodically. Never throw medicines in trash cans. Flush them down the drain and rinse the bottles before discarding.

7. Keep handy the phone numbers of your doctor, police, local hospital emergency room, and, if your city has one, the poison clinic.

8. Keep syrup of Ipecac on hand for inducing vomiting if this is the prescribed treatment. Activated charcoal should be kept for first-aid use, according to the information on the label and your physician’s instructions.

If poisoning is suspected, summon medical aid. If an overdose of aspirin is suspected, induce vomiting. If the product contains petroleum distillates, caustics, or alkali, have the victim drink milk or water to dilute the substance.

Alton L. Thygerson Brigham Young University Department of Health Sciences