Thursday, January 10, 2008

Doy Bags are great!


I have been wanting to write about Doy Bags ever since I discovered them on Bread,Water,Salt and Oil back at the end of October. I was impressed with the efforts of the women who have built up a business and are the main bread winners for their family so I immediately ordered three of the large tote bags. However, because I was giving two of them to my girls for Christmas, I didn't want to spoil the surprise so I've waited until now to tell you about them. It was quite funny because as soon as Beccy saw my bag, when she came shopping with me on Christmas Eve, she immediately said "did you get me one of those"!!
I don't know what you think but to me this is a brilliant way to recycle some of our packaging and provide a living for a women's cooperative in the Philippines. Take a look at the link and let me know what you think.
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The other thing I bought for all of us was this little book on vinegar. What's so special about vinegar I hear you say~ but actually it is an interesting little book. Not only does it give the history of vinegar, (did you know it has been around for 10,000 years), it also tells you about it's many practical uses.


I thought it might be interesting to share these uses with you on the bottom of my posts~ is this a good idea or not? let me know.
Here's a little quiz to see how much you know about.........
How many types of vinegar are described in this book and can you name some of them? If I get a good response I might even give a small prize for the person who gets closest~no getting the answers from Sam or Beccy!!!

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27 Comments:

At 10/1/08 14:24, OpenID grannymar said...

I am ruled out of this - I have the book. Vinegar is wonderful stuff. I use it all the time.

 
At 10/1/08 14:36, Blogger thefoodsnob said...

Those are great bags, Chris! I love being able to combine shopping with a good cause. I noticed they ship worldwide, so I'll be getting at least one to add to my collection.

Lisa

 
At 10/1/08 14:37, Blogger Asha said...

I love those colorful bags! I know it made Beccy and Sam happy, great gift to receive!:)

 
At 10/1/08 15:19, Blogger Sandy said...

Great bags, great cause, great post!

 
At 10/1/08 16:08, Blogger Sam said...

I used my bag for the first time at the market and the guys in the parking lot were really taken aback by it. "i really like your bag" one if them said. You didn't say I couldn't enter your quiz only that I couldn't help anyone else, right?

 
At 10/1/08 16:20, Blogger ChrisB said...

grannymar it's a great little book

lisa you might find they actually have an outlet in US mine came from London and they arrived within 2 days or ordering I was impressed.

Asha I use mine often.

sandy thank you.

sam I'm glad you've used it. The trouble I find is that I can pack so much in it I then find it heavy to lift!
I will ignore your comment about entering my comp.
My vinegar logo I wanted to make more fancy but could work out how to do it so this was the best I could come up with quickly!!

 
At 10/1/08 17:52, Blogger Beccy said...

I love my bag and have used it already doing my weekly supermarket shop.

 
At 10/1/08 21:18, Blogger Steffi said...

Wow...that´s really great bags!I would buy such bags too ;O)!

 
At 10/1/08 22:07, Blogger SJ said...

Those bags look awesome! Thanks for the tip!

 
At 10/1/08 23:47, Anonymous enidd said...

love the bag. and enidd will have a go... these are the ones she's actually used.

malt vinegar
balsamic vinegar
rice vinegar
fruit-flavoured, e.g. raspberry
wine vinegar (red and white)
wine vinegar with herbs in, esp tarragon
cider vinegar
creme de menthe vinegar
chinese black vinegar

 
At 11/1/08 01:49, Blogger lisa's chaos said...

Interesting. The baggs look cool and sure tell us vinegar info, I know it has tons of uses. My vet told me to use a vinegar/water mixture to clean my dog's ears with, cheaper than "Dog Ear Cleaner" and just as effective, she says. :)

 
At 11/1/08 05:03, Blogger Caroline said...

I love the Doy Bags and think the concept is really great. I saw the page for ordering, so thanks for sharing that Chris.
Vinegar:
white
balsamic
rice
malt

Ohhh, I know there are many more than I can remember. I use it for so many things around the house I couldn't be without it.

Yes, please let us in on your uses for vinegar.

 
At 11/1/08 06:19, Blogger Pamela said...

I suspect vinegar can be made from anything if it can be made from apples or rice.

did anyone mention coconut vinegar?

 
At 11/1/08 08:10, Blogger katy said...

the Doy bags are a great idea, going to go and have a better look at them now.
have seen this book advertised and wondered about buying it, so yes please have a vinegar useage section.

 
At 11/1/08 10:48, Blogger ChrisB said...

enidd that's a good few and you might even end up the winner as this has not caught people's attention!!

caroline not bad but you might need to think of a few more!!!

pamela that one is in the book!

lisa that one is in the book.

katy I think the book is a good buy~ see what you think after a few of my hints.

 
At 11/1/08 16:01, Anonymous nikki said...

I could never guess more than enidd! Love the bags. Another helpful hint: When the skunks come out in the summer, place a bowl of water and vinegar in bowls around your house to remove the nasty skunky smell.

 
At 11/1/08 16:02, Blogger Sam said...

I haven't looked in my book yet so I am not cheating when I mention my favourite vinegar of all time which is sherry vinegar. Also my pantry contains verjus, red wine, white wine, champagne, malt, rice, and white vinegars as well as an apple vinegar and a cider vinegar. Thats just what i have in stock right now.

 
At 11/1/08 17:17, Blogger Alix said...

I love the bags they are so cool.
As to the vinegar the only one I can add is Brown rice vinegar - which I do have in my cupboard I think Nigella uses it in some dish - which is why I bought it.

 
At 11/1/08 17:38, Blogger ChrisB said...

Sam is verjus classed as a vinegar ?

nikki that's one of the uses given in the book (well not exactly skunks but dog urine and litter trays seems similar to me not that I know what a skunk smells like!!

alix there are quite a few rice vinegars mentioned in the book.

 
At 11/1/08 17:44, Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Oh, I've got one! Me, me, me!
Homemade pear cider vinegar from my backyard.
:D

 
At 11/1/08 17:56, Blogger ChrisB said...

CC now that one sounds good and it won't be the book!!

 
At 11/1/08 19:50, Blogger Kaytabug said...

I am going to say there are 15 types of vinegar in your book.
I will list the ones I know.
White
Wine
Balsamic
Rice
Apple Cider
Beer
Malt

I'd enjoy the different uses.

 
At 12/1/08 05:38, Blogger Kila said...

Those bags are great. (They haven't really caught on here in the US; I've seen just a few.)

I'm not of much help with the vinegar, sorry! About all I know is it can be made from various fruits, has some health benefits, and and can be used for cleaning. No doubt we could better utilize it.

 
At 12/1/08 09:03, Blogger my4kids said...

I'm dumb about vinegar! Not much of a housewife am I?

Love the bags they are pretty and very colorful!

 
At 12/1/08 19:09, Blogger Joy T. said...

Catching up on blogs today and will definitely have to look into those bags. Very cool! As for vinegar? It's pretty much the only thing I use to clean with in my home. Good good stuff!

 
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