For as long as I remember, I’ve known not to use soap on my cast iron. It strips the seasoning off & exposes some of the underlying iron. But of course, I’ve ignored this rule a time or two…enough to require a new cast iron pan.
Salt is the perfect of option to soap to clean your cast iron pans.
My awesome friend, The Creative Princess, revealed this tip to a couple of us at a birthday party.
Simply spread your chips on a baking sheet (I prefer foil lined so I don’t have to wash the pan) & heat at 325 degrees for 5-7 minutes! Then, PRESTO, fresh crunchy chips!
How awesome is this idea?!
Do you know how many bags of chips I’ve thrown out because someone (never me!) left them open.
I also tried this on some Nacho Cheese Doritos. It worked, but they heat up quickly. This means they also burn quickly. Have you ever smelled burned Doritos?! Blech. If you are doing flavored chips, I would do 5 minutes max. & eat them within an hour or so. They will stale back up if you let them cool too long.
Did you know that silver paint used as a primer coat on your outdoor metal objects will help prevent those ugly rust stains from showing through later on? I know you’re probably thinking, “Why do I care about this?” What better reson than to save you major cha-ching$! Metal patio furniture all rusted? Garden art looking nasty? Don’t throw it out! Don’t buy new! Give it a coat of silver paint then top it off with your favorite color & your patio set is like new, maybe better, & you aren’t out any major money. Not only do you get to save money when you do this, you are reusing/repurposing something that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
My husband learned this tip from a buddy of his while discussing the installation of a metal pipe fence. It makes sense, especially since there are LOTS of silver-painted clothes lines around my neck of the woods. Obviously this isn’t a brand new discovery, but I didn’t know it so I’m sure that someone reading this didn’t know this little fact either.
I tested this theory on my own clothes line before we put the line in. So far, no rust & we’ve had a TON of water this summer. Here’s some before/after pics.
I chose Rust-oleum brand paint to use,but choose your favorite brand.
This is how the paint looks in the can after mixing it really well.
Before. Rusty, rusty, rusty. Pardon the water hose, but I was watering the garden while painting…I’m all about multi-tasking.
After. Silver, clean & shiney.