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Frugal Kitchen

August 3rd, 2017 at 04:31 pm

I cannot count the number of Frugal Chef parties I have been invited to in the past 20 years. Because people know I cook, they think I'm just overjoyed to be invited and expect me to buy tons and tons of stuff. Boy, are they ever wrong.

One look at my kitchen would tell them otherwise.

I have a few of my grandmother's things like some Pyrex and pots and pans. I have a couple of my mother's items as well.

Most of the things in my kitchen have been purchased second hand. I have quite a few Pyrex dishes in different sizes and shapes that I use constantly. Vintage stuff. Not made in China. I enjoy using it, and feel I am not only cooking more safely in stuff that is tried and true than the stuff that might have problems down the road. Plus, in my small way, I am recycling.

I have 5 Crockpots. They are all different sizes. Two are about ten years old or older. One is 3. My newest two were purchased at thrift stores. They were clean and work perfectly.

Don't get me wrong, I do buy some new things, but why spend big bucks if I can save some money and buy used? We went to an estate sale a couple of weeks ago and found a set of stainless flatware. It was vintage. The nice thing about vintage stuff is it has a bunch of the extra pieces. We paid $16 for the whole set. It wasn't my first choice in pattern, but hey, for $16 I have an extra set. I have a set I bought over 30 years ago and some of the pieces are missing. Not sure where they went to -- maybe the same hiding place as socks -- and we did buy a new set about five years ago, but there wasn't enough to get through without hand washing some stuff in between. I don't like to run the dishwasher unless it is totally full. I could hand wash stuff, and I did on occasion, but having the extra stuff is helpful and it even had pickle forks. I like pickles with my lunch so that was an added benefit.

Anyway, I was perusing Facebook and there is a site talking about saving money by buying used kitchen stuff. Guess I'm finally chic! Anyway, here is the URL for the story:

The tomatoes are coming on. Yay! DH also has bell peppers, onions, and herbs. I made a fantastic marinara sauce to serve over spaghetti the other night by cooking down some tomatoes with bell pepper, onion, mushroom, basil, and oregano, and adding some shredded Parmesan. I paired it with a small lettuce salad (lettuce, tomato, pepper, onion) for a delightful meatless meal. I thought DH would be upset over the lack of meat, but he wasn't and said it was delicious. I had purchased the pasta on sale, so I figured besides using up some of the fresh stuff we had, I made an economical meal. Oh yeah, served on some of the plates we bought second hand.

4 Responses to “Frugal Kitchen”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Most of my kitchen stuff has been bought secondhand. I think the only items I get new are pots and pans, because I never find used ones in good condition.

  2. patientsaver Says:

    There is also a FB site for sales/purchases of vintage kitchenware, FYI.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Cool to think about. We're saving for a complete redo of our kitchen and I've definitely dreamed about new dishes, utensils, pots and pans so it feels completely refreshed. It's an interesting idea to think about what we can buy used/vintage vs. what we'd truly benefit from getting new. I like to reuse/reduce/recycle for environmental reasons, and I know the renovation itself is going to be so expensive that finding ways to save money will be helpful.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    CB, I hear you. So many of the pots and pans are so nasty and beat up. I have found some Revere here and there in good shape. It was the old stuff made in Clinton, Illinois, which isn't too far from where I live. They don't make it there anymore, so it is like a treasure.

    Thanks, patientsaver for the info!

    Ceejay, maybe you can figure out a theme for the vintage stuff you want to get. I will tell you the old cast iron skillets are, in my opinion, far superior to many of the ones you can buy at department stores anymore. I bought a small one on Ebay a number of years ago and after washing and seasoning it, I have gotten a lot of use out of it.

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