Sunday afternoon, while it was bitter cold outside, I tackled some indoor tasks:
First, I cleaned the rusted lid of my big cast iron dutch oven. The rust was pretty bad, so I ended up using two different methods to get it all. I had stored the pan in my shed, for use on the occasional camping trip. Then the shed ceiling sprung a leak, and guess what was sitting under the leak. Anyway, the two methods worked great. I loved the potato and salt method. For less severe rust, this would be ideal.
Some of the worst rust spots called for something more, so I then tried this baking soda paste scrub. That finished the job.
So then I needed to re-season the pan and lid, which meant I’d be using the oven most of the afternoon. It was a good day for a hot oven.
In the end the restored lid looked like this. Tada! I should have taken a ‘before’ shot. No, it’s better that I didn’t. Trust me, it was bad.
While the dutch oven was seasoning, I made some homemade dishwasher detergent tablets, which I had been wanting to try for some time. They were easy to make, with four simple ingredients from the grocery store–epsom salt, borax, washing soda, and lemon juice. I now used the tablets on two loads of dishes, and can give the recipe a thumbs-up. The dishes look clean and bright, with no residue. I do have to put vinegar in the rinse dispenser, but that’s the case here regardless of what detergent I use. The tablets smell great, too.
My tablets look like this. The ones in the instructions looked smoother, which makes me think I should add a bit more lemon juice next time.
Then I mixed up a batch of bread using the no-knead method. I love making bread. It rose the rest of the day, and then I baked it the following morning.
The dough looked like this in the morning, before I punched it down and shaped it into a ball.
Here is the finished loaf. It is bigger than it looks in the picture.
Yes, that is the newly-restored dutch oven. I’d been using a smaller one for this recipe, but with the bigger one cleaned up, I wanted to test it out. I like the result.
The holiday running streak continues. We were treated to a warmer sunny day yesterday; great for a late-afternoon run.
2 thoughts on “An Afternoon in the Kitchen”
I never knew I could put vinegar instead of rinse aid into the dishwasher. Yay! Damned if I`ll ever get around to making dishwasher tablets but yours look just right for the job.
Everyone’s water is different, but the vinegar works great for me. I hope I’ll keep making the tablets. If that turns out to be too much hassle, I’ll try a recipe for just the detergent.