Thrift Store Treasures

It’s my weekend! Figured today would be a good day to scope out some new pans and glassware. I’m trying to replace my chipping Teflon with stainless steel or cast iron. A very close friend of mine, who will be making an appearance on this blog very soon, was kind enough to save me her absolutely adorable cornbread cast iron pan. It bakes the bread into the shape of corn cobs. Ah! I love cute things like that.

The thrift store I went to did not have cast iron, but I did find a stainless steel pot to replace my old one. However, my other items have me brimming with delight. I managed to find a $10 dehydrator, a great start to learning about drying herbs, fruits, and other yummy foods. I also found some glass bottles that I for sure will use to make my own vinegar. With so many new items, I have to reorganize the entire kitchen again. But it will be so worth it in the end. I did miss out on getting a bread machine. Then again, I wonder if they’re worth it for the space they take up. I will have to leave that for another time. I’m just glad I got to find such amazing items for a fourth of the price I see online.

Alex discovered the real treasure: an aquaponic tank.

The pet stores have begun to sell a generic aquaponic kit and after unboxing the 3 gallon tank, it truly is a very basic set-up. My husband fell in love with the idea of having fish, while I looked forward to sprouting some microgreens. Just a few days after getting the tank, we got two female betta fish and one very hairy snail. Alex is already doing research into making a larger aquaponic system for the future. We’ve watched a few Youtube videos, taking notes over which fish are the best for these unique growing systems.

For those who are not aware, an aquaponics system utilizes the water fish swim in to feed and water plants. The fish live their lives in a tank, being fed fish pellets and

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Credit: Kate Brady

naturally producing waste. Above this tank is a grow bed, full of plants growing in a media such as clay pellets. A water pump pumps water out of the fish tank and up into the grow bed. The roots of the plants eat and hydrate of fish waste water. Upon reaching overflow level, the excess water — which has been filtered by those hungry hungry plants — then cascades back down into the fish tank, refilling it.

At least, that’s layman’s terms for me. Watch this video to learn more: Aquaponics 101

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Credit: Kanu Hawaii

I saw the biggest carrots get pulled out from an aquaponic system and I gotta say, I think I’m falling for the idea. I mean, it would be a great way to grow food without having to amend soil. To think perusing through the thrift store would open up a door to more opportunities for sustainability! Stay tuned for a summary of my canning weekend and a special artist feature to follow.

As always, be kind and tender to one another.

P.S Capu loves his doggy cereal. image3

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