Hi, this is Marjory Wildcraft. And on this edition of Homesteading Basics, I’m going to show you exactly why you should look for stainless steel the next time you’re in a thrift shop or at a garage sale–and how that item might actually turn into a family heirloom.
I have a love affair with stainless steel. I know that sounds a little bit odd, but some of the many advantages homesteaders have today over people in the Middle Ages or Roman Times or even prehistory are the new materials that humanity has created.
And one of them is stainless steel.
Using Stainless Steel For Gardening Supplies
I found this pan the other day. It had been out in the dirt in the yard for, I think, a couple of years. It looks horrible, but I’m going to clean it up and show you how it can look brand new again.
That’s really the amazing thing about stainless steel. It’s virtually indestructible, and it cleans up so well.
Quite frankly, even with the abuse that it has already gotten, this stainless steel pan from my yard can not only last my lifetime, but also could be handed down to my children. I’m not sure if they’re going to want it or not!
But still, stainless steel is an amazing material.
A little bit of grass makes a great scrub brush. Look at that. It just cleans up, and it’s beautiful. It’s almost like brand new.
I happened to notice on the back that the label says this pan cost $1.99.
You can’t beat that for something that’s going to last forever!
I use pans all the time. They’re great for chicken feed, for dog food, as a tray to hold tools for a project that you’re working on, and even as a miniature pool for baby geese. There are just so many uses for stainless steel pans and containers.
So, the next time you’re at a thrift shop, a flea market, or a garage sale—even if you’ve been dragged there by force—go check out the section with the pots and pans. Pick out the stainless steel stuff.
You’ll find it incredibly useful, and it will last a long, long time.
This is Marjory Wildcraft with The Grow Network. We have tons more tips and information available to help you grow your own food and produce your own medicine. I’ll see you on another segment of Homesteading Basics.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.