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Spring Cleaning the Kitchen {14 Days to a Clean Home}

by GettingFreedom on March 28, 2013

Day 3 of 14 Days to a Clean Home is over and we’re moving into Day 4.  Day 4 also focuses on cleaning the kitchen and dining areas, so if you’re running a bit behind–today is a day you can catch up!

My kitchen space wasn’t too terrible on the surface, but my drawers and cabinets revealed a whole other story!  I was on a pretty good roll yesterday and then I had to run and take my husband to the doctor in a neighboring town, which halted production (and killed much of my motivation).  I was able to do the majority of it, though.

Today I’m going to attempt to go through my recipe stash {many generations of recipes and a recipe addiction make this task verryyy hard!}, clean my oven and fridge and do a once over of my dining room.

These clean spaces are making me feel better already!


I ended up tossing a bunch of broken or unneeded gadgets and old food that was taking up space in my kitchen cabinets. Honestly, I’m not exactly sure why I still had it (some expired waaayyyy back in 2010!) and a lot of it was foods we never eat–think canned banana creme pie filling. Uh..yuck!

Organizing your Kitchen

Get Rid of Plastic Bags and Boxes

Switching to glass containers in my kitchen cabinets has made a big difference in the organization of my kitchen cabinets.  Not only am I able to see exactly how much I have left of each item, it’s cleaner because I do not have the bags thrown every where and odd shaped boxes and containers.   Plus, glass is just safer and cooler!

Only Store what you Need

Thankfully, I’m blessed with an enormous pantry where I’m able to store my extras and the items that we do not use on a regular basis.  This helps immensely with keeping my cabinets free of clutter and organized in general.  I know that not everyone is lucky enough to have a large pantry, but even designating part of a closet or kitchen cabinet to food storage will help you organize your kitchen cabinets.  Too much of anything in one space is never good!

Organizing your Kitchen Drawers

Toss those Silverware Holders!

Those little premade silverware holders just do not cut it.  It seems as if there is never enough room in them.  More often than not, they don’t fit the drawer–they take up too much space or not enough.  So–customize your own!

I was able to purchase all of the holders for my entire kitchen for under $5!  Since each type of silverware receives their own container, when we have guests all I need to do is pull out the needed silverware containers–and I don’t have to worry about finding them a container to contain them.

I also use them in my other utensil drawers to separate different tools and utensils.  This makes it easy to see everything at a glance.


I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets.  If there’s a chance that something can lessen my time and my work load while I’m in the kitchen, I’m all over it.  As much as I don’t want to admit it, you really can have too many gadgets.  While you’re cleaning, look over your kitchen gadgets and utensils and make sure that they are still something of value to you.

Do you use it enough to justify it taking up space?  Could someone else get more use out of it?  Is something broken–need to be replaced, or just trashed?

If not, toss it or donate it.

Natural Cleaners for your Kitchen

Let’s face it, next to the bathroom, the kitchen is one of the germiest places in our homes.  We handle all sorts of foods and raw meats on a regular basis and contamination could be easy.

For this reason, I tend to stick to using a natural disinfectant to clean my kitchen with.  It’s relatively inexpensive and it smells pretty good, without the use of chemicals.

To clean off the fronts of my appliances and to clean my kitchen window I use an all natural Streak Free Glass Cleaner–or my new found love, Norwex.  I just recently found that you can get Norwex-like cloths on Amazon, under the name of E-cloths.  I’m anxious to see if their micro-fiber works as well as Norwex does.


Want to join in with us?  You can download the 14 Days to a Clean Home Plan here.


Using a Bread Knife {Frugal Kitchen Gadget}

by GettingFreedom on February 21, 2012

We’ve been able to shave a lot off of our grocery budget by making our own bread products at home.
French Bread and 100% Whole Wheat Bread make regular appearances around here.  Now that I’m completely comfortable with making bread, we also use it as our sandwich bread.
But that wouldn’t be possible without my trusty bread knife.

Why Use a Bread Knife?

First off, it’s important to note the Top 3 Features of a Bread Knife.

Long {7″-9″} Blade

The long blade enables you to effortlessly slice your bread with one swipe, making a cleaner, more uniform, cut.   I personally prefer a 9″ blade.

Serrated Blade

The serrated blade helps to “snag” the crispy crust and slice through cleanly–without having to saw your way through. Be careful with the serrated edges!  I once cut right through my finger when slicing our bread!  I had no idea my knife was that sharp!

Sharp Blade

A sharp blade is needed to cut through the bread without shredding it.



All three of these features prevent one dreaded thing to happen to your homemade bread:: Shredding!  If you’ve just worked hard on making your homemade bread, intending to use it for sandwiches, turning it to nothingness with one swipe is not what you’re going for.  Or spending all day attempting to make uniform slices.

If you have a good knife, you’ll find that slicing homemade bread doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little bit of practice you’ll be slicing perfect sandwich bread slices!

Cost of Bread Knives

You can find many bread knives for under $20.  It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just as long as it has the three main features listed above.  Even after putting out the money to buy a quality bread knife, you will still come out saving money by making your own homemade bread.

Cost  of One Month Supply of Store Bought Bread {2 loaves/wk}= $20 {buying from discount bread store}

Cost of One Month Supply of Homemade Bread {2 loaves/wk}= $9.20 {Organic at that!}

Within 2 months, my knife as paid for itself!  And then some, if you want to get technical about organic vs. non-organic.


Do you make your own homemade bread?  What is your favorite?



Kitchen Oil Sprayer

January 13, 2010

I have long been leery of the aerosol spray cans of oil. After reading the label on one of those cans, and seeing propellant listed as an ingredient–I knew it was time to find an alternative. I found a pump-action oil sprayer. You fill the bottle with oil of your choice, pump it up a […]

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Dehydrating Strawberries

May 6, 2014

This fall I finally replaced my dehydrator that died in the middle of gardening season a few years ago, while full with hot peppers.  A dehydrator is a great tool to have in any frugal kitchen, as it allows you to preserve foods {everything you can imagine!} with little effort.  A dehydrator is especially perfect […]

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How to Cut Your Grocery Budget {Finding Freedom Boot Camp}

March 15, 2012

  We’re entering into Week 3 of Finding Freedom Boot Camp.  So far we’ve created our Monthly Cash Flow Plan as well as set up some cash-only categories.  For many, you may still be in the red every month on paper.  This is where the challenge comes in.  It’s time to start slashing the spending […]

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January Recap

February 1, 2012

I’m sure many of you have noticed that the new year has brought many changes around here.  I’m super pumped about all of the new projects, printables, and features that I have in store for you in the coming months. Psst:: There’s a super awesome financial series coming soon!  Not that I’m biased or anything. […]

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Reduce Food Waste with a Vacuum Sealer

January 10, 2012

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of vacuum food sealers and wondered to yourself if they were actually worth their purchase price.  I wondered the very same thing.  After owning one now for almost a year–I have to say it is one of my favorite frugal kitchen gadgets.  The Basics Vacuum food sealers remove all of the air […]

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Using a Meat Slicer to Save Money on Meat

January 17, 2012

  Many families are trying especially hard this year to get their grocery budget under control.  I know for our family, meat expenses tend to be the biggest portion of our grocery budget {with fresh produce and dairy close behind}.  I’ve mentioned that using a meat grinder can help you cut your meat costs, but […]

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5 Benefits of a Meat Grinder

January 5, 2012

When I met my husband over 10 years ago, he introduced to me to a world I never knew.  The world of hunting and fishing.  My father wasn’t a hunter, and I can count on one hand how many times I seen him actually fish.  I’m not talking about him leisurely playing with the fishing […]

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5 Reasons to Own a Stand Mixer

December 14, 2011

My Kitchenaid Stand Mixer is probably my most beloved Frugal Kitchen Gadget.  I cannot even begin to figure out how much money it has saved us. Initially, I had a very hard time justifying the purchase of an appliance that cost a couple of hundred dollars.  Especially since we were desperately trying to save money […]

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