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Day 48: Clean Stainless Steel with Cream of Tartar

The only reason I have cream of tartar in my house is to make Snickerdoodles.  However, every time I have tried to make that delicious cinnamon-sugar cookie, I’ve failed miserably.  Some of you may have seen the photo of my giant “blob” cookie the last time I attempted what should be an easy recipe.
snickerdoodle failI think I have a mental block when it comes to Jared’s favorites.  He loves snickerdoodles- I can’t get one that actually looks like a cookie.  He loves hard boiled eggs.  I JUST this year figured that one out (after 12 years of marriage) thanks to Alton Brown.  And anything his mom makes?  All my attempts are like some of those cheesy “clone” recipes that mimic the real thing but always fall just short of the mark.  But, I digress….my point was that I have a container of cream of tartar that never gets used.  So I tried it out in another capacity today-cleaning stainless steel.


cream of tartar cleanerI have a tea pot that sits on my stove all the time.  I’m not sure why.  I don’t drink tea. Jared likes hot tea in the morning, but he always just uses the microwave.  The only time the kettle gets used is when it’s close to Christmas and we are having hot chocolate.  Yet there sits my kettle, taking up space on the back burner.  It just seems to belong there.  It’s homey.  But it’s also filthy.  And why not?  I fry, boil, saute, sear and stir food in front of it every night!  So when I saw this pin about using cream of tartar to clean a toaster I figured it would work well for my poor tea pot, too.  And it did!  It was so easy, and my kettle is happy and shiny again.  Until tonight.


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