Thursday, August 25, 2011
NOW, HOW DO I STUFF MY STOVE INTO A GARBAGE BAG?
Anyway, you are probably wondering what the title of this post means. Well, I've been making up batches of my oven roasted spaghetti sauce (24 pints so far), and my roaster is starting to look pretty rough. Scouring wasn't helping much as the all those little nooks and crannies were really getting blackened. So I used this thrifty, easy trick to clean it. Pour a generous amount of ammonia into the pan. I used about a half cup. Place the pan in a black garbage bag and let it sit out in the sun for a few days. After a few days, take it out of the bag and hose it off, then wash as usual. Looks brand new. This works great for cleaning the grill too. Now I need to figure out how I can stuff my stove in a garbage bag and use this method. Sure would beat standing on my head to scour it out!
The above picture is of the double cosmos in my cutting garden. I love the unexpected color combination of the orange and pink too. Starting to look like autumn around here!
PS: Ammonia is a very caustic chemical, so use caution when using it. Read the back of the bottle and never, never, mix bleach and ammonia. It can cause a fatal vapor. But don't be afraid to use it. It's been around for ages and is still one of the best cleaners penny-wise! I bought it for 99 cents for two quarts two decades ago and this latest jug cost $1.12. Compare that to the price of oven cleaner that I've used in the past to clean the grill. And this method does a much better job!