Alternative uses for old pots, pans and crockpots

Alternative uses for old pots, pans and crockpots

As I get closer to bringing home new cookware, my sister asked me what I'd do with the old stuff.

I'm planning on donating most of it (except the pot lid that has fallen apart - no reason to donate that) but save a pot or two for when I get a wild idea to cook something inedible. (At this point, her general response was, "inedible?!")

After all, we have an old slow cooker on a shelf in our basement for the specific purpose of stripping paint off metal hardware (not that we've used it - the old hardware in our home is thankfully paint-free). After explaining that, my sister admitted that she has an old slow cooker set aside for cooking venison.

So, before I load a box for Goodwill or the Salvation Army, I'm wondering - do any of you use old pots, pans or slow cookers for specific, non-food purposes?




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rsp wrote on October 24, 2012 at 11:10 am

I have separate pans for crafts. I make soap and candles so the chemicals need to be kept separate. Plus I have a couple small ones for lotions or lip gloss, small batches. I didn't get to take chemistry in school so I do it at home.

Meg Dickinson wrote on October 24, 2012 at 11:10 am
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Cool! Can you make candles directly in a pot, or do you have to double-boil them?

rsp wrote on October 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I bought a pour-pan to melt in that sits in a bigger pot. There is a cooking pot that has a temperature control that some people use. The problem is the wax has a flash-point where if it gets too hot it could burst into flames. Since I get distracted sometimes I thought I would try to avoid that.

Meg Dickinson wrote on October 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm
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Ah-hah, that makes sense.