I recently purchased Rhonda Hetzel's book, Down to Earth: A Guide to Simple Living, and love it! In there she has all sorts of recipes for simple cleaners. One of them is for silver.
My mother-in-law had given me some silver that belonged to Dan's grandmother and some of the pieces were badly tarnished. While I love the silver, I was thinking that it wasn't going to be really practical for me to have to scrub it all the time. I decided to try Rhonda's homemade solution.
It was amazing! All it took was a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of a sink, boiling water and a bit of baking soda and salt. I let the silver sit in this concoction for ten minutes, waited for the chemical reaction to happen and viola! It was done.
There was no scrubbing and no costly cleaners.
I think I spent most of the day in my kitchen yesterday, preparing dinner. Every now and then it's nice to go all out. I made blueberry pie for dessert.
Macaroni and cheese.
And sticky chicken. I love this because it gets this wonderful, caramelized, crispy coating on the chicken and has a great flavor.
I thought I'd share the recipe here:
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (5 lb) chicken
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- In large bowl combine all of the spices.
- Remove giblets from chicken, clean cavity and pat the chicken dry.
- Place the chicken in the large bowl with spices.
- Rub the spice mixture into the chicken inside and out, making sure it is evenly distributed and deep into the skin.
- Place chicken in resealable plastic bag (or use your foodsaver).
- Seal and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to roast the chicken, preheat oven to 250.
- Stuff cavity with onion and place in a shallow baking pan
- Roast uncovered at 250 for 5 hours (cooking time is less if you use a smaller chicken).
- After 2 hours, start basting with the juices in the pan every 30-45 minutes.
I'm off to grocery shop today. Exciting times in the Groh household. lol Have a great weekend!