After 4 weeks of taking a closer look at Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, I feel as though I have a more keen appreciation of an old friend. It’s interesting how we often take for granted the simplest things in our lives, the ones that are always there, but don’t get much attention. I can truthfully say that in 28 years of marriage there has likely never been a time that there was no baking soda in my kitchen. It’s always there and often used, but not really taken too seriously. My month-long examination of all the possible uses has left me with a deeper respect for this kitchen staple and I intend to use it throughout the house, now, and in ways I had never considered, previously. Before I list some of those for you, I couldn’t pass up the chance to show you one more kitchen application, however. 🙂
There’s no more classic sandwich, in Nebraska in the summer, than the delicious BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato). Thick sliced bacon on whole grain bread with fresh lettuce and tomatoes from the garden will send anybody’s tastebuds into a happy dance. I love eating them, but I hate the splatter and mess of frying bacon in the conventional method on the stove.
A couple of years ago, I attended a kitchen tools home party and was introduced to cooking bacon in the oven on a stoneware cookie sheet. It changed my life! 🙂 I came home with a stoneware cookie sheet and never looked back. Until…I left the stoneware on my gas stovetop to cool and someone turned the burner on. Crrraaaaack! I was devastated, in the moment, but then in desperation discovered the same results can be achieved with a regular stainless steel cookie sheet. Huzzah!
So, I’ve done bacon in my oven for years. The perks? –flat evenly cooked strips of bacon, no kitchen grease splatters and no standing over a hot splattering skillet waiting for multiple batches of bacon to finish curling and cooking. Lay out your strips of bacon on a baking sheet. Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until it has reached your idea of perfect crispness. Drain bacon and blot away excess grease with paper towels. Enjoy!
The one “down-side”?–the cookie sheet could be a cleaning challenge if you didn’t understand the frugal simplicity of using Arm and Hammer baking soda to clean and polish your pots, pans and baking pans. But by now, you do. It’s a total win! win!
So, go for it! Make your bacon and eat it, too! It’s a simple summer pleasure and so is the clean up.
Do you need some more ideas for fantastic, frugal ways to use Arm and Hammer around the house? Here are just a few.
- Cleaning baby toys, playpens, strollers, car seats, etc
- Deodorizing diaper pails, waste baskets and baby bottles
- Cleaning tough baby stains out of laundry and freshening stuffed toys
- Cleaning bathroom floors and shower curtains
- Freshening upholstery and carpets
- Deodorizing gym bags
- Making clay, water color paint, and bath fizzies.
- Deodorizing the fridge, dishwasher, and microwave
- Baking Ooey, Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies and other delicious treats in your kitchen
For details on how to accomplish these household chores and more, simply and effectively with Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, visit the Arm and Hammer Solutions Center. The simple things really ARE the best.
Mandatory Giveaway Entry:
Arm and Hammer is sponsoring another generous giveaway, this week — another $25 VISA Gift Card! Entering is simple! Just leave a comment with your favorite simple, summer pleasure.
You must be 18 or over and a US resident to enter. Winner will be selected in a random drawing using random.org. Deadline to enter is midnight (CST), Sunday, June 26, 2011.
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