The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4007235
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
03-Sep-19 - 09:59 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
I have a small clay baker (Rombertopf) that is perfect for a chicken, and I use it several times a year in cold weather. When I remember it's there. I also have a graniteware pan with a lid that holds about the same volume and that's also good for chicken. And sometimes I put the chicken in the glass convection oven and roast it in there. Since I seem to eat more chicken than about anything else I can vary the cooking methods.

I sold a huge clay baker that was turkey-sized that I found for $9 at a Goodwill store and it appeared to have never been used. It sold on eBay for $40 plus shipping, and the woman who bought it sent a note to ask that I pack it very carefully because the first one she tried to buy broke in shipping. I assured her that I was set - I have a bunch of large boxes stacked in the garage from when my ex bought a dozen cases of bathroom tiles that had to be shipped from California. Each separate case of tile (somewhat larger than your standard shoe box) was cocooned in a box 15" x 15" x 20", filled with those cornstarch peanuts. The turkey roaster got there just fine and she paid less than buying it new from a store.

I've adopted a fix or replace policy as far as household cooking utensils and in that way have replaced parts of things that I used but were now broken or not working. I have a little high-speed chopper but the switch inside the case was broken and I had a twist tie rigged to it to use it. I found the same little chopper with the blade missing, and was able to put my perfectly good cup, blade, and lid on the new base that has a good switch. The old base was recycled via e-waste. The repair cost about $5, with the goal of not paying full price for things I use infrequently. This grinder is particularly good for things like grinding cardamom seeds and making special spice mixes, a seasonal activity.