On the Cheap

On the Cheap

These images are to share a couple of budget wise finds that were recently made, on the cheap, so to speak.

Pyrex Bowl
When out collecting garbage from the creek at the Camp, this bowl was found with other discarded items. The other items were indeed garbage, but this little bowl cleaned up well, I thought.
This handy little bowl was free for the finding, just a bit of effort was needed to get rid of the accumulation of silt and leaves.
chain mail scrubber
This stainless steel chain mail scrubber works as advertised! I cleaned the cast iron skillet with it, and then removed some burnt food from the bottom of the Instant Pot insert. It cleans both cast iron and stainless steel. I have been using steel wool, but it always tears up my fingernails, and even cuts my fingers on the really tough jobs. This scrubber has no effect on my fingernails or my skin. It is a winner. This item was described on the internet, where I heard about it for the first time, so the internet comes in handy for some things. It was $13.90 plus tax on Amazon, free delivery with Prime, and worth every penny. There were none available at the local stores.



Date: 9:00 AM EDT Wednesday 24 April 2019
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 100.9 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 5.5°C
Dew point: 2.6°C
Humidity: 81%
Wind: WNW 26 gust 39 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.”
Edith Sitwell
1887 – 1964

Just watch the popular channels on youtube for a while, proof of point.


  1. Sandy, someone dumped a whole truckload of garbage in plastic bags in the swampy area of our Camp property, It has been there for decades, and is now buried in the sediment of the creek and under decades of fallen and rotting leaves. We have been gathering it up and disposing of it for the last three summers, since we purchased the property. Attila thinks someone must have been emptying a rental unit, and dumped everyting in the unit on our property, in garbage bags. The bowl was part of the garbage that was thrown out. We have also found washing machine parts, disintegrating umbrellas, all kinds of weird things.

  2. Bex

    I love both finds! The bowl is gorgeous! and the “scrubber” – I thought it was a trivet for setting hot pots on. but now that I think of it, wouldn’t it just transfer the heat from the pot down to the countertop? I almost was thinking of getting one but now that I had that thought, maybe not. Glad you are loving it. we don’t use cast iron here, I can’t lift them!

  3. Bex, I love the bowl too, cute little thing, can’t imagine why anyone would throw it in the trash. The chain mail scrubber works really well on stainless steel as well.

    Cast iron, it is really heavy! For now I can still manage it, but I can see a day coming when it will be just too much. There will be some things I can still cook in it then, and clean it where it sits on the range, without moving it, scrubbing it, then wipiing it out.

    I love my stainless steel though, lightweight, and reliable. I hate non-stick coatings, they peel off in microparticles and get into the food, so it is cast iron, stainless steel, glass, and a wee bit of silicone for me.

    I have slicone baking sheets, they are the bees knees for cookies and biscuits, and silicone muffin cups, and the clean up is so fast and easy! I hope they are safe, but they aren’t used everyday so if they aren’t the damage is hopefully minimized.

  4. Teri

    I’m loving your little scrubber. Much better than steel wool!

    DH and I have settled on enameled steel pans for cooking and baking. As long as you use soft utensils on them the coating doesn’t come up, and they clean almost instantaneously. No scrubbing needed.

  5. Teri, I am amazed at how well the scrubber works, how easy it is to use, and how I was completely off my radar until this past week.

    Your pans sound like just the thing. No scrubbing needed, great! Enamel sounds good, I have an enameled cast iron dutch oven and I love it, but haven’t used it since the Instant Pot came into the house, lol.

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