I watch a lot of youtube videos on cleaning and restoring things. It seems folks on the other side of the planet who use many copper, brass and silver items in their kitchen have absolutely mastered the chore of removing tarnish from these items: they boil them. There are many many ways to clean tarnish, more »

Aluminum is the third most common element on the planet after oxygen and silicon.  Alloying it with other metals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, silicon, tin, and zinc, increase its durability, and hardness as well as decreasing its vulnerability.  Its malleability and conductivity and affordability make it the most common kitchenware material. However, aluminum is a very more »

I had been wanting to play with Rustoleum’s High Heat Grill paint for a while now.  I had to wait until I had something to paint and the weather to break.  This antique sad iron trivet has been swimming in the molasses and water rust bucket for a while, and I picked and had a more »

I have picked up a few 1950s FLINT US Stainless Steel Utensils lately.  Decades of constant washing and drying and exposure to the minerals causes plastic handles to roughen up and look beaten.  This type of plastic is pretty indestructible otherwise.  The rough surface can be sanded smooth or even burnished with steel wool and more »

Usually I just give my 1990 Kitchenaid a good wipe down everytime I use it. But I took this occassion to break down both mine and my mother’s 2001 machine and clean all the nooks and crannies.  Aside from dishtowels and a good antibacterial spray,  you need a scrub brush to get into all the more »

I have been wondering what to do about vessels where the cracks go all the way through to the inside.  So I am running an experiment on this Vintage bean pot.   Burnham and Morrill, of B&M baked beans, used to sell their beans in grocery stores in crocks; eventually switching to cans, though they do more »

I simply can’t remember where I found this charming little bread knife…though know I didn’t pay much for it. I can’t pin down the exact date, but I am pretty certain it’s at least 100 years old. The remarkable thing is that the bolster and blade are still tight in the handle. It was also more »

My mother asked me for a ice cream disher but the new ones aren’t a patch on the vintage ones. So I picked up a couple of the old style Hamilton Beach soda fountain dishers. One of them needed a little paint and polish to bring it back into the ice cream ball game. Sadly more »

I found this blackened earthenware dish hiding in a corner of an antique shop. It screamed rescue me. And it took almost not time at all to turn it from a eyestore into the centerpiece of my bread baking universe. It is surprising what you can do with a little baking soda, a nail brush more »

When I picked up this Kitchenaid 3.5 qt Dutch Oven it had this cast on the finish. None of my LeCruset or other Enameled cast iron had every developed this.   When I researched it, I didn’t find anything that addressed this singular issue. I do think it was caused by repeatedly putting it in the more »