First off, do you buy spaghetti sauce in jars? What do you do with empty jars? For a while I was keeping them. Occasionally I would use them to drink my smoothies or store my cut up carrots, but now I have so many of them that I do not have uses for that I just cant justify the space they take up in my cupboards. So last night I put the majority of them in my recycling bin but I was left with this question; are jar lids recyclable?
I do not believe that they are and so a bunch of these ended up in my trash.
I'd really love it if nothing ended up in my trash so this makes me a little sad. I know a great solution would be to make my own sauce but I haven't gotten to a place where I have the resources and the knowledge to do that yet.
My next question is this:
How do you do dishes?
My boyfriend and I have been using the method of running super hot water and then scrubbing each individual dish with a sponge and then drying in a dish drainer. There is another method which I had toyed with a few times and tried again last night that I think I like, but I do not know which uses less water. I filled up both sides of the sink. One side with super hot, soapy water and the other side with just super hot water. I then put the dishes, a few at a time starting with the least dirty, in the side with the soap to soak a few minutes. I then scrubbed the dishes in the soapy side and rinsed them in the non soapy side. This method seems to work really well but which saves more water?
Next up is kitchen cleanup.
Do you use cloth towels in your kitchen instead of paper towels? How do you go about it? Do you always have a semi dirty towel laying around to clean up spills or drop to the floor if you drop something down there? Or do you just use a clean towel anytime you have a mess? Or do you use a sponge to clean up messes? I use towels for cleaning up, drying vegetables, pot holders, etc. When they are dirty, they go in here:
And once a week I wash what we dirtied for the week. I would like to hang dry my towels so that they do not have to use the energy of the dryer, anyone have any tips on that?
Next up is this guy:
Anyone use a blender? My question is, how do you wash it? Do you take it apart every time? Do you give it a quick rinse with some soap and hot water? I took the base apart one time to wash it and, I may be paranoid but I felt like it lost some of its stability when I did so.
Anyone have a pizza stone? This is technically called something else (which I can't remember) but it is similar to a pizza stone and that is what I use it for. Last time I used it I got tomato sauce burnt all over it. I am pretty sure you are not supposed to wash it with soap, and I don't really think that would do anything anyway. I tried scraping it without much luck. I believe the solution will involve high heat, but I am unsure.
Has this ever happened to you?
That's it for my questions. I really appreciate any tips or tricks or answers anyone can give me.
Thanks so much!