Wish you could afford stainless steel storage containers, but replacing all your plastic that way just isn’t in the budget?
We talk a decent bit around here about material safety: plastic, aluminum, and someday, Teflon. It seems like it’s awful hard to find and afford the safer alternatives to all those materials that are filling your kitchen cupboards, top to bottom. Don’t despair! You might not need all sorts of new gadgets to take up space, just a new perspective and a good second-hand sale!
Here are all the goodies I found at thrift sales just last summer alone:
- small glass glasses for my kids
- medium-sized glass plates
- creamer/pitcher for son pouring milk
- large glass storage, formerly nut jars, that I use for crackers, flour, granola, etc.
- 3 stainless steel pots, 2 with lids. The final pot is supposed to be for melting butter (and that’s what it gets used for quite often…see, folks used to have pans just for melting fats, because liquid baking oils are an invention of our century)
- glass bread pans
- little glass bowls, perfect for the toddler
- a few half-gallon glass jars
- medium sized glass juice glasses
- two glass pint glasses
- medium stainless steel mixing bowl (filled with contraband birthday cake frosting in this photo!)
- popcorn popper
I was thrilled to replace some of my plastic dishes and non-stick pots and pans, and the glass jars are a super substitute for some of my large plastic storage containers. All of them are in use right now, as you can see my crackers and granola in the photo.
You can take some time this week to wander through your kitchen and make a list of things for which you would really prefer to have safer versions. Keep the list in your purse, and whenever you pass a garage sale and have time to stop, go for it! When you’re ready with a list in hand, you can be efficient, including getting out of a sale immediately if it’s not for you.
I know some areas don’t really have second-hand opportunities. My friend in Boston, an apparent second-hand desert, misses the ol’ Michigan church rummage sales, my ultimate favorite places for making a haul. So many people concentrate their stuff in one place that I hardly have to work at it to be able to find something for my kitchen.
How about you? Do you have access to secondhand sales in your area? What’s on your list for this summer’s purchases?
Note: We’re getting closer to that 4,000 subscribers number for the Excalibur dehydrator giveaway from CookWaresPlus! In the next week or two, I’ll also offer another BONUS entry opportunity for the Nutrimill grain mill giveaway from Pleasant Hill Grain, only for current subscribers, so now is the time to Facebook, email, and otherwise politely invite your friends to get in on the fun around here… I’ve finally
opened my Nutrimill (Link no longer available) (and used it), and I’ll be posting on my first experiences, too.
By the way, did you see Kitchen Stewardship has a Facebook page now?
I’m entered in Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family and Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Pennywise Platter Thursday at The Nourishing Gourmet and Kitchen Tip Tuesdays at Tammy’s Recipes.