Cookware Recovery!

You know what type of cookware is my absolute favorite? Well, okay to be honest I have a few but there’s one type that just stands out to me beyond all the others, living in the South there’s nothing quite like preparing a delicious Southern style meal for my family than using cast iron cookware!

You also know what really, really stinks? When that cookware rusts! Talk about being really upset. Well, I was actually given a beautiful cast iron skillet my Daddy gave this one to me to use and I was so excited but, it was rusted pretty bad. I did my research and decided to finally give what appeared to me the best way a good try, and oh goodness am I glad I did!

So, you may be wondering what I had to do, probably thinking that it took me forever and a ton of money in products to do so because well, to get cast iron back to a good state isn’t easy or cheap right? WRONG! I’m so happy to say that’s wrong! Want to know what I used?

Salt, and a potato!

Yup, that’s it, salt and a sliced potato. Want to know what else, I figured I would be investing probably an hour or more into this project until it was finally looking good. Well, it took me all of 18 minutes from start to finish!

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The steps are so simple, fill the bottom of your cast iron cookware with some salt (no more that 1/4C.) add in a few teaspoons of water, slice your potato in half and get to scrubbing. That’s it! You may have to add in some more salt occasionally but that’s all. Once it looks good and you’ve removed all the rust rinse it off and re-season.

**To re-season just rub your cast iron down with lard set your oven to 375 F, place it in a deep pan upside down (to catch the excess oil) and heat it for 1 hour, after the hour turn the oven off and let the cast iron cookware cool down in the oven.

 

 To watch this process be done by me check out my video and you’ll be ready to fix and re-season your own cast iron cookware! Just Click Here!

 

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Need More Storage?

Are you always needing more storage space?  Well, we sure are and recently Justin and I were able to use an empty space in our home for extra storage!  With 6 people living under one roof there’s always so much stuff, and I’m sure many of you can relate.  So, what did we do?  We used an empty HVAC space in our home, we got a new air unit last year and so now we had this really big space in our laundry room that was being used for absolutely nothing, all while we were constantly having issues keeping all of our stuff out of the way, even after going through just about everything we own and getting rid of a ton of stuff (I’ll post about that later).  We had to do something and since it was going to be a little while until we’re able to get a storage building we had to work with what we’ve got.

 

So, we……. Ok, mostly Justin got to work knocking out the rest of the drywall to open it up fully and we bought some shelving which you can get really inexpensively at most hardware stores, we got ours from Lowes and got to work on making our space, and now we’ve got a lot of extra space to put lots of things mostly the stuff that just seems to collect at our house, and at the moment the majority of that is books (that’s what you get with homeschoolers), and art supplies, purses, and diaper bags, holiday decorations, and some storage bins that needed to find a home.

 

Now, I know that not everyone has an empty space where your HVAC used to go, but if you really think about it hard I’m sure you could find some extra space you never knew you had.  Is there extra space in your closet somewhere, or maybe just a couple shelves in your child’s rooms?  We actually put up 4 shelves in Jeremiah’s room last year and they have been great for holding tons of things especially toys that go into bins like legos, Lincoln logs, and tinker toys that used to always end up spread all over the place every single day by the little one’s who weren’t even interested in playing with them.

 

How do you find room for all of your stuff?  Did this post help you out?  Let me know how you choose to organize it all!

Resourceful Tip

I know that part of this blog is about being resourceful, and I haven’t put up too many things but here is one thing that we do that really helps us out, especially during the summertime with our vegetable garden and saving on our water bill.

We got some rain collection barrels, we just got two huge industrial sized barrels that come with sealing lids and whenever it’s going to rain we take the lids off and let the rain collect and once it’s stopped we put them back on so the rain doesn’t evaporate.  This saves us a ton of money on our water bill when we have our summer vegetable garden, we never have to use water other than from the barrels.

We just use a bucket to scoop water from the barrels to pour onto the garden, but you can also cut a hole in the bottom of the barrels and put a spout that can be connected to your water hose for easier use, we just haven’t done this yet not sure if we will this year or not.  Just thought I would share this little tip with you!