Cleaning stainless steel cookware, mostly Wirecutter advice

Posted By on May 12, 2022

Condo1718KitchenF180924Who else hates cleaning up stainless steel cookware, especially stainless steel frying pans?

We opted to upgrade the mishmash pots and pans at the Delray Beach condo back in 2018 with a full set of IKEA stainless steel cookware. Unfortunately whenever it comes to using them, we opt for the cheap and ugly red “semi” non-stick pan because it is easier to clean. Maybe there is a better way to use them that doesn’t involve so much cleanup work?

Saving a NYTime’s Wirecutter article on the topic:

To clean most pans after cooking in them, you’ll likely need less than five minutes to wipe them out, scrub them down, and dry them off.

But removing tough stains can take longer. Whether you’re using elbow grease to scrub or boiling baking soda and water in your pans, it can take 15 to 30 minutes or more. In some cases, you may want to leave a baking soda slurry on stains overnight before washing it off the next day.


To clean a pan that you’ve just used, first scrape out excess oil with a spatula, or wipe it out with a paper towel. Then deglaze the pan by adding some hot water. Cleaning a hot pan is easier, and adding hot water won’t damage it. But always let your pan cool down before fully submerging it in cool water. Otherwise the sudden change in temperature (called thermal shock) can cause a still-hot pan to warp.

You can loosen any fond (the browned bits of food) with a long-handled dish brush—we like the OXO Good Grips Dish Brush, which we’ve used in our test kitchen for years.

Grab a green Scotch-Brite scouring pad or sponge, along with some dish soap, and scrub the inside and outside of the pan, using a continuous circular motion. A Scotch-Brite pad will lightly scratch the surface of the pan. But as long as you avoid harsh pads (such as steel wool), it won’t affect your cookware’s performance or lifespan. A softer sponge, like a Dobie pad, won’t leave scratches, but using one requires more elbow grease. And it won’t save your cookware from getting marked up by metal cooking utensils anyway.

Rinse and then dry with a clean, absorbent towel.


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An ideal use for my MicroJig dovetail clamps #woodworking

Posted By on May 11, 2022

MicroJigJointerSince I use these dovetail MicroJig clamps for woodworking in my workshop, it seemed only logical to archive a photo so I can build a "jointer jig" or perhaps more appropriately just a jig to use with the table saw for small tapers … or especially for cuts when the piece of wood isn’t flat or doesn’t have a true edge that will ride on the fence.

Next time I have the router and dovetail bit out, I think I’ll "grid-up" a piece of plywood and emulate this jig. 

Enjoyed a Mother’s Day beach week of R & R in Florida

Posted By on May 10, 2022

CondoHondaSunset220506Depressing as it may be, our vacation in Delray Beach is over, but it was a perfect and needed rest and relaxation trip.

Our old 2002 Honda Odyssey is still surviving … although I did pondering a new Florida vehicle after having to jumpstart and fidget with the flakey AC. Yet it still didn’t convince me to sell our functional and comfortable van (so long as it isn’t too hot outside – AC issue).


Mother’s Day for Katelyn in Toledo and Brenda‘s flowers from Katelyn, Drew, Taylor and Megan

On a walk our last day at the beach, we also spotted a small sand shark leisurely looking for something to eat along the shoreline. They do have a tendency to surprise you when swimming or even wading along the surf (Sand Tiger Shark).

Music Monday: Zac Brown – “Let It Go” from YGWYG album

Posted By on May 9, 2022

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Happy Mother’s Day to a couple of wonderful moms

Posted By on May 8, 2022

EllerieSwimLesson220507It is difficult not to recognize what great moms both MomC and MomH were to me … but since they are no longer here, I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to a couple of great moms — my wife Brenda and daughter Katelyn. They both have risen to the most important role of being "mom" to their children.

Yesterday Katelyn was busy taking Ellerie to her first swim lesson and Brenda with me enjoying a few days in Delray Beach vacationing and cleaning up the condo from our winter renters. All is good.

Delraywalk2beach220506A simple highlight from this trip was to try out our BeachBub umbrella gift from Katelyn and Drew. BeachBubUmbrella5star220505So far, we give it FIVE stars as it is by far the best beach umbrella we’ve ever had. I’ve come a LONG way from rigging up a sleeping bag off the side of my college era 1977 Honda Civic in order to offer a little shade for my college roommate Jerry Moody (light skin and red hair). I give him a lot of credit for spending a week after we graduated camping in Florida and hanging out on the beach in the hot sun. Great memories and Brenda and I continue to make them!



KDAE looking at their property prior to ground breaking

Posted By on May 7, 2022


It is definitely spring and as with many growing families working hard and fortunate enough to be living in the United States, ours are pursuing the American dream of building or owning a home.

Katelyn and Drew sent perhaps a final undeveloped photo of their beautiful NW Ohio property on a wooded cul-de-sac. I say final MB300DTurbodiesel_WashAndReadyfor Summer2022"undeveloped" photo, because their have all their duck in a row to break ground and are slated next to start construction with their custom builder. We are anxious for them as it brings back our own "house building" memories from the 1990s.

Just to add another photo from last week to the blog archive, here’s one just after the inspired washing and polishing up of my 1982 Mercedes 330d Turbodiesel.

Tech gadget guy mixed with someone who likes knot tying

Posted By on May 6, 2022

PalmUSBChargerThis is what you get when you continue to use leftover chargers from old phones (my Palm Pre) and continue to rely on sailing knot tying skills.

Really just a filler post for a Tech Friday after noticing just how unique the old Palm USB plug was in design and how I ended up fidgeting without thinking to keep the charging wire neatly out of the way.


I think I like this particular USB power supply because it fold and packs neatly in the bottom of my messenger bagand reminds me of an old favorite smartphone?

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