Mystery Tools in the Kitchen

I am big into yard sales, thrift stores, auctions. Just Love me a good sale period. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lol

Anyhoo, whenever I’m out I Always seem to find a Mystery Tool.

This weeks mystery tool only took me a few days to find out what it was.
I bought a set of 4 of these edged spoons at our local re-uzit store. I wasn’t exactly sure what they did, but thought they were cool looking so I bought them. ๐Ÿ˜€

Mystery Tool 1

I actually figured out what they were by watching an episode of I Love Lucy… believe it or not.

On the episode they were eating breakfast and she was using one of these spoons to cut wedges out of her grapefruit! ๐Ÿ˜€

So I looked it up on the net and sure enough they are most definitely grapefruit spoons.
I didn’t even Know there was such a thing! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I used one today to cut the tops off my breakfast strawberriesโ€ฆof course I’m not sure if that was one of its originally uses, but whatevs. ๐Ÿ™‚

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S.- Any of you Foodie Fun experts have any Mystery Tools hiding in Your Kitchen drawers?
Drop me a line or two in box or better yet, blog about it and leave me a link to your post. ๐Ÿ˜€

Say Hello to my little friend…

cream of tartar

Whaaaaaat?!

Cream of Tartar cleans stuff?!  What?!

Right?  I know what you mean.  My mind is soooo blown right now.  I was dutifully cleaning my oven so that I could be semi-prepared for my landlord to come in and not say…

“Oh, my goodness!!  What have you done to our beautiful oven…..Wait, didn’t it used to be White!  *she runs away screaming in horror*

I am joking, it’s not That bad.

I do clean my oven quite regularly.  Like any other person in the world with a mother that Actually visits the house.  I make sure 3 places are immaculate in my house at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and any other time I know my mom is coming over to eat and/or spend quality time with her grandkiddos.

… The Bathroom (Because there is nothing worse than walking into the bathroom to find your mother with her head over the pot, toilet scrubber in hand and yelling, “What exactly do you use on your toilet to “clean” it.”)

… The Microwave (Actually I clean this even if my mom isn’t Eating at our house, she always finds a reason to open it and comment on the state of the insides.  How does she do that, is she like sitting in the car with a list?  “Microwave…yes, check the microwave.  Got it.”)

… And of course my Stovetop (My mom has even checked the under part.  Not to sound Incredibly Stupid but I didn’t even KNOW there was an under part until she showed me.  I was like, “What?!  The top flips up?  Like a car hood?!?!  ~”Yeah Frank, the gal with the GE Hotpoint says it’s low on oil, would you clean the engine before your done?  She says her mom has a thing about grease.”~  Oy vey everyone, Oy vey!)

Anyhoo, back to my stovetop cleaning.  I remembered somewhere back in the dark recesses of my mind my mom had told me about using cream of tartar on those silver hot plate grease catchy things & the inside of the oven.

I had just bought 2 teeny tiny containers of the stuff. (that’s the only size they come in apparently around here…you know the size.  The one that you accidentally shove to the back of the cupboard so that you are always buying more of it cause you think you don’t have any…of course you really have like 15 of them hiding in the back of the cupboard just waiting to be found when you move to a new house….or decide to Spring Clean……….Hahahahahahahahaha!  Whooooo!  Spring Clean!  Good One!  Wipin a tear on that one. Whooooo!)

Okay, so I bought cream of tartar to make this bread stuff called Cloud Bread…I’m off grain…but those two topics are fodder for another post.

So, I soak my used to be silverish hot plate grease catchy things. (Good grief, I am such a dopey house wife, I don’t even know what those things are called, apparently I failed kitchen knowledge 101….Well, actually I did fail Home Ec, but again that is fodder for SEVERAL blog posts.)

I’m  gonna cut to the chase (pics) because apparently I am in a rambly kinda mood today. Lol

So here is the pic of my Sans cream of tartar hot plate things.  Again, I had just soaked them for about 3 hours in hot soapy water and scrubbed them with soap, a scrub brush and a scrub pad and they still looked like K-rap!

 

Gross

But wait, there’s more. Lol  Always, wanted to say that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, with the A-Mazing Cream of Tartar they came out like this.  I didn’t even scrub hard because my arms were worn out from trying to get them to look like the above specimen. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Aaand these were not nice and clean when we moved in, so not only did we get our crud off but the previous tenants too.  Double ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

 

clean

There’s even a little bit of the one I hadn’t scrubbed yet sticking out from the bottom of the pic to show the diff.  Triple ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Here’s how my Little grease catchy things came out… Of course they look better because they don’t get used Quite so hard. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

shiny

So there you have it folks. ๐Ÿ˜€

Maybe you too will harness the power of…. Cream of Tartar!!

 

TTFN,

The Blue Moon Thinker ๐Ÿ™‚

PS- Coming soon…The secret powers of Lemon, Vinegar, and Olive Oil.  Duh, duh, duuuuuuuuuh!!  ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you have any secret cleaning powers using everyday products?  Well, what are you waiting for, spill em!  ๐Ÿ˜‰   Share your cleaning secret in the comment section below.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Secret Cleaning Powers Unite!!!!  *Insert fav. super hero emoji here*