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Old 08-14-2011, 12:17 PM   #51
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I've had a friend or 20 over the years (b.c., that is before we all had the internet) borrow cookbooks and promise me not to splash food on them. Heck, I'm considered a meticulous housekeeper by most of my friends, but if your stuff looks like no one ever cooked with it ... well ....
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:19 AM   #52
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I know I wasn't very helpfull. I've never had to throw a pot or pan away besides the many teflon skillets I actually buy knowing they have a small shelf-life. Mom used to buy them, then toss them on a bush to dry when they had outlived their use, as part of our camping gear. I once burned something in a Revere ware pan (the cookware of choice for decades of my life), and thought the pot was dead, no recovery. I put some soapy water in it and put it outside and, really, considered it dead. Strangely enough, when I recovered it, it cleaned right up. But when I gave up copper pans, it was for a reason ... I don't want to spend more time on my cookware than I do on my nice table ware. It needs to be clean, but not show-off beautiful.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:43 AM   #53
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I know I wasn't very helpfull. I've never had to throw a pot or pan away besides the many teflon skillets I actually buy knowing they have a small shelf-life. Mom used to buy them, then toss them on a bush to dry when they had outlived their use, as part of our camping gear. I once burned something in a Revere ware pan (the cookware of choice for decades of my life), and thought the pot was dead, no recovery. I put some soapy water in it and put it outside and, really, considered it dead. Strangely enough, when I recovered it, it cleaned right up. But when I gave up copper pans, it was for a reason ... I don't want to spend more time on my cookware than I do on my nice table ware. It needs to be clean, but not show-off beautiful.
your pragmatic mind and views are indeed helpful, and always welcome, claire....
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:18 PM   #54
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Thank you, Vitauta. Assuming you weren't being facetious! But even if you were, if I had to get everything in my house as perfectly clean as my mom raised me to do, I'd have a clean house but no life. To me, some things are meant to be utilitarian. It has to be clean, it has to be utilitarian, too. If I have to spend more time cleaning a pot or pan than I spend cooking in it, it, to me, is useless. If a well-meaning friend/relative uses the wrong cleanser and "mars" the surface of a pan or pot, it will not break my heart.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:38 PM   #55
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Thank you, Vitauta. Assuming you weren't being facetious! But even if you were, if I had to get everything in my house as perfectly clean as my mom raised me to do, I'd have a clean house but no life. To me, some things are meant to be utilitarian. It has to be clean, it has to be utilitarian, too. If I have to spend more time cleaning a pot or pan than I spend cooking in it, it, to me, is useless. If a well-meaning friend/relative uses the wrong cleanser and "mars" the surface of a pan or pot, it will not break my heart.
vive la difference, claire, and beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder! to me, the ss saucpan i've been writing about, is more than just a kitchen tool. it is a thing of beauty. silverware, on the other hand, is not. i guess i spent too many saturday afternoons, as a child, polishing silverware. to me it came to represent not beauty, but drudgery. and an obstacle to my youthful yearnings and fancies. as an adult, i own no silver flatware, and few pieces of any kind involving silver or copper. stainless and chrome, though....i say live and let live.
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