Ooh! Ooh! I want!!

I have just found a new product that has me so ecstatic I can hardly sit in my chair.

…and I just sold my canning jars because of the move!  If you can, your jars are probably full by now.  In many places, the season is winding down or has ended.  

Planting a garden has many meanings for me.  I love the therapy of playing in the dirt!  When spring arrives, I can hardly wait to get out and start working the ground.  Oh!  According to the old farmers, do you know the ground is ready for working and planting when you can comfortably sit your bare bottom on the ground?  Well, I have never gone to that extreme.  Nor do I don’t want to scare you with a visual!  Also, I wouldn’t want the neighbors call the cops on me due to emotional distress!

The thrill of watching the garden grow, the anticipation of the freshness and the delectable tastes.  My favorite time of the year is canning season (…except when the raccoons strip every single ear of corn off the stalks just days before maturity).  Usually I’m not too sure what the weather is like that time of year because I am in the kitchen watching the dial on the pressure canner or quickly moving batches of jars to and from the water bath canner.

 After going through all the rituals of a garden and preserving the food, do you realize you the lid you are using for the canning jars is lined with a plastic containing BPA?  Now why on earth would you or I want to do that?!

click here for the website


Tattler has produced a REUSABLE set of gaskets and lids for canning.  When I first saw them, I was skeptical – I figured the prices would be astronomically high, but they are NOT!  Three dozen lids and gaskets (both reusable) are $20.95 for the standard jar and only $23.95 for 3 dozen of the wide mouth lids and gaskets.  First time out of the gate, this is in the vacinity of being 3 times more expensive than regular canning lids.  After reading the testimonials you will see some people are getting 10-20 years of use out of one set.  So, if you get 3 years usage out of one set of gaskets, they are free until they (the gaskets) die.  A dozen replacements are only $2.50…not bad!

I know after the move I will be digging out the canner and at least making jelly using these lids.  If I like them, as the winter progresses, I will add to my collection.  I will be sure to let  you know what the results are once I’ve canned a batch of “something“!  I’m worse than a kid!  I can’t wait!


Free after 3 years use

BPA free

Made in the USA

What could be better?!

I talked with Serena regarding their shipping prices.  They will do their best to save you every penny possible!  Great company!  I am very impressed!!


Save that Crusty Pan!

I am making one promise to you.  Sassy Condiments will always be about “real life”.  No candy coating.  It’s the real deal.  Today is one of those days.  It’s of graphic nature.  If you cannot handle the sight of a skillet that looks like the only “help” will come from the local landfill, this is not for  you today.


As a kid, my Mom occasionally made catsup coated hamburger patties.  After the patties are almost cooked, you coat the patty with catsup.  It is a must, a requirement, a law, that you have a lid handy.  Catsup has sugar in it so mixed with the grease from the hamburger, the tiny “spits” don’t feel too great on the bare hands and arms.  You do have to leave them in the pan on low heat long enough for the catsup to caramelize.  This is one of those strange recipes but it comes from childhood.

This is the mess I am left with.  First thought…throw the skillet away!

(This picture was taken after trying to scrape with a metal spatula.)

But there is a saving grace….you I get to keep the skillet.

This works on anything burnt onto the pan…as far as I know.  And in the beginning of my cooking days, I thought the burner always had to be on high.  So there was a major learning curve.  Through experience, it seems that about the only time I have a burner on high is if I am boiling water.  Makes life and food so much better!


Sometimes I hear people say  “less is more”.  Not for me in these circumstances.

Dump Baking Soda in the skillet or pan.

 Add about an inch or so of water. 

Bring to a boil.

This sometimes bubbles and froths,

so you don’t want a spill-over mess on your stove .

It’s not necessary but I scrape the bottom of the skillet while it’s heating.

This does 3 things:

1) gives me something to do

2) helps to remove the goop in the skillet

3) aids in reducing the bubbly froth


 Sometimes it’s difficult to see your progress.

Just keep scraping.

When you either see or feel with the spatula there is little or no goop on the bottom,

Run your sink water as hot as it will get.

Take the skillet to the sink.

SLOWLY pour the contents of the pan down the drain.

AT THE SAME TIME, run hot water in the skillet.

Using a brush remove any lasting goop from the skillet.

I can remember a couple of times I have had to repeat the process.

 Same skillet after only one Baking Soda boil.  Now it’s ready for the regular scrub, soap and water.


I want to apologize if I have taken away anyones fun of Skillet and Pan Scrubbing!



Roger’s Kitchen Gadget


In the contest for the “Handy Dandy _________”, Roger is our winner.  

Roger, please send your address to sassycondiments (at) g mail (dot) com.

Here is a copy of his comment:

My favorite kitchen gadget tool is the Handpresso. What is that? It’s a hand-held espresso machine which has a built in pump contained within the porta-filter. Pump up to 15 bars, watch the analog gauge, add an ESE pod, hot water and press the button. You will have a shot of your favorite espresso along with some impressive crema! It’s great at work, the kitchen or in the mountains or beach…take it anywhere it’s versatile. About $120.00


I want to show you his favorite Kitchen Gadget.


Take the love of Espresso with you anywhere.

Click here is their beautiful website:


 Thank You Roger!

Since this is a new-to-me product, I thought everyone should see.

What a Sassy Condiment!

What is YOUR Favorite Gadget Contest

We’re speaking of kitchen gadgets here.

I have so many that my kitchen runneth over.  But there are so many I don’t have.  My wish list could be 3 miles long on a bad day.  Let’s not even think about a good day!

Over the last year, I have begun to see a theme with what is becoming my favorite gadget. 

 Yes, you have seen it!

It’s my cheap little “Handy-Dandy __________”.


What do Pineapples, Papaya, Kiwi & Figs Have in Common?

These 4  fruits contain enzymes that make

great tenederizers for meats.

The proteases enzymes break down the sinew and fibers in the meat.  The most common of these is Bromelain which is the stems of the pineapple that have been juiced.  The fruit contains Bromelain also but the is stem would otherwise be unused.  Wonderful tenderizer without wasting a valuable part of the plant. More

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