Sunday, January 20, 2013

THRIFT STORE FINDS

 
Making Black Berry Jam last August with our daughter, Jill while visiting in Brookings OR, I decided I was going to start canning my own jams and jellies.  I didn't have some of the equipment you need to make the task easier, so I've been watching the Thrift Shop for some of these items.   Today was a good day.  I found a really nice strainer that fits on a bowl or pan.  A gripper to lift hot jars out of the water. and a funnel.  It's not the perfect size but will do until I find one that is made especially for that.
 
 
I found this large roaster pan with lift out tray that looks brand new.  No scratches or burn marks.  It has a non-stick surface and perfect for a large turkey, rib roast, leg of lamb, etc. This will be great when our family gets together for a big meal.
 
 
Here is a close up of the strainer with the press.  I've never seen one like this, so it may be for a completely different purpose, but I think it will work for the purpose I need.
 
Yes, a good day at the Thrift Store.
 
PS ~ I just googled and found out the strainer press I found is a Potato Ricer.

SO NOW I KNOW.....I HAVE A POTATO RICER!! HAHA.  

19 comments:

  1. You really hit the jackpot! :) I just love that roasting pan with the lift out rack! Yes, it looks brand new and I love that it's non-stick!

    That jar lifter is one of the great inventions for canners. So much nicer than potholders and getting them wet while touching the jars.

    I've never seen a strainer like that, either..what a nifty gadget!

    Fun, fun! Thanks for taking us along!

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    1. The strainer is very unique and so I may google it and see what it's really for. HaHa

      Our son had some fun at the Thift store too...he loves to cook and loves kitchen gadgets, so he found a few for himself.

      Betsy, that roaster pan is really heavy duty. Why someone would give it to a thrift store, I don't know...but GLAD they did.

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  2. excellent finds ! Everytime I come here I just marvel at your header painting, that is the most beautiful wolf,

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    1. Thanks Laurie, I value your artistic opinion and encouragment. My wolf brings me joy. I love his eyes. They speak to me.

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  3. Did you see my thrift store finds? It was a good weekend for me too. No pastry blenders this time, though I did see two int he antique shop by the bay.

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    1. Yes, I just did. Wonderful finds. You have some good thrift and antique stores. What fun. My retiremenet hobby.

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  4. You've been having fun again! Love your thrift store finds. I've never made jams/jellies but I remember watching grandma make some of the best!

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    1. Yes more fun! I grew up with a mom that canned a lot. We lived in the Valley and peach and apricot orchards were everywhere, so fruit was so plentiful and cheap. It was fun, and you know how I like "fun". HaHa.

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  5. Great idea for getting the supplies you need. I bet your jam is delicious.

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    1. Carol, I have a "Personal Relationship" with the Thrift Store...HaHa. I have found so many things that I've needed there for a few dollars and many times less.

      I do love homemade jams and jellies.

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  6. My DIL and I made jelly last fall... or rather we TRIED! We did get some jelly, but unfortunately some ended up too thick to spread, and more ended up as sweet syrup! Don't know why we had such a time hitting the jelly stage just right! Will have to try again.

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    1. I sent you an email on the chart I used to make our wild blackberry jam that turned out so good.

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  7. Some good bargains there Wanda. If something suits a purpose does it matter what its called.

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    1. I like that Dave. But what could be "nicer" I now have a "ricer". HaHa

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  8. You hit the jackpot at the thrift store. =) I'm going to be looking forward to hearing about the jam and jelly making this summer!! I've read that using the potato ricer makes better mashed potatoes... you may have to report on that. ;) blessings ~ tanna

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    1. I have a new canning book, and one I want to try is making jelly from pure pomegranate juice. It's a beautiful red color in jars, and I bet will taste good too.

      I was reading about the ricer...Now I'm looking forward to using it for many things. Like squeezing the thawed frozen spinach for my quiche...

      Sending hugs

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  9. As I have said before, your thrift store is amazing. The finds you get are wonderful.
    That Ricer will do for your strainer. I remember my Mom having a ricer and doing potatoes that way for company sometimes. It makes me wonder what ever happened to it. Its just a long ago distant memory now.
    Have a beautiful day today.

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    1. Sue, if you ever get in our neck of the woods, we'll take you to our "Treasure" store.

      I've been reading about the ricer, if you look at my reply to Tanna...It will work great for squeezing that juice off thawed spinach...I use for quiche.

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