Aunt Norie’s Sewing Column
Speaking of pot holders, Glenda Lietz said, "I'd like you to tell them about my favorite pot holder, the one that slips down over the skillet handle can't slip can't get away from you."
If you don't have one, you can so quickly make one from a regular pot holder you have on hand by just folding it over down the middle.
Then sew the sides and one end shut and you have a neat little tube-like holder to slip down over that handle.
There are many of those old iron skillets still around. They are now making them again, however, the quality of the newer ones is nothing like the older ones. They are well worth searching for.
One will find them only at antique shops, flea markets, garage sales, auction sales, etc. I grew up with them, and have always had one great for lots more than just frying. You may find one as we did recently that will be all crusted in old burned-on grease. In the olden days they would just toss it on a brush pile and let the flames burn off all of the grease and then you will have to "season it."
To do that wash it and scrub it off, then rub unsalted cooking oil into it, heat to just good and hot and let it cool. Wash it again, rub a little more oil into it and wipe it out with a paper towel.
I just let our recent find soak in a sink of hot water overnight and was able to scrape it all off.
-- Aunt Norie, P.O.Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; firstname.lastname@example.org